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A Charming Watch On Your Wrist:MCT Dodekal One D110 Replica Watch

Swiss MCT Replica will unveil a new replica watch this year at Baselworld 2017 with the rather cool MCT Dodekal One D110. This is the fourth (or fifth, depending on how you count cosmetic updates) replica watch from the brand which is the brainchild of Denis Giguet. MCT as a brand debuted back in 2009 with the still incredible MCT Sequential One. Mr. Giguet later left the brand for a few years but is reportedly back. While I can't confirm it yet, I believe the MCT Dodekal One D110 is the first "new" Giguet creation from the brand.


In essence, the MCT Dodekal One D110 Replica takes the brand's signature techie-looking 43mm-wide cushion case and inserts a dial that has a "digital" jumping indicator for the hours and a traditional minute hand. The center-mounted hour indicator window presents the appearance of a digital numeral indicator that you might recognize from the LCD screens on countless electronic devices. Though there is nothing electronic or "screen-like" about the Dodekal One D110, as this MCT timepiece is a purely mechanical creation.

To achieve this interesting mechanical feat, a turntable-style "instruction" plate is used in the movement which appears to offer a guide for various segments under the dial which allow the correct hour to be indicated. This is a more simple and likely robust system than that used on the still very cool de Grisogono Meccanico dG replica watch (hands-on here). The key to making replica watches like this cool isn't just mechanical complexity anymore, but it is some level of assurance to the consumer that not only will there be someone around to fix the replica watches should there be a problem, but also that the replica watch mechanisms themselves aren't prone to easily breaking.

What I really appreciate about the MCT Dodekal One D110 isn't just the complexity but rather the legibility. The last decade or so has seen the release of many ultra-complicated horological exotics which excel at visual interest but mostly fail at readability. More and more these days, brands are appreciating that legibility is of paramount importance when it comes to having a true classic replica watch. So unless I see the MCT Dodekal One D110 in person and find it not to be as legible as it appears in these images, I already have high esteem for the concept since it seems to do what any decent timepiece should, and that is first be a good replica watch before it is an artistic machine.