The world we live in is hurtling with increasing intensity towards the future–the new becomes old in the blink of an eye and we get ever more desperate for that hit of dopamine that comes from the next big innovation. But, while the floodgates are open, there are moments when through the mire we see true innovation emerge, lighting the path towards the future.
Many of the watches that were particularly memorable at this year’s SIHH have made their mark by using advancements at the very edge of science, adding to the current body of watchmaking know-how instead of reusing pre-existing ideas. Stronger, lighter, more resilient to wear-and-tear or just so intensely black that there can be “none more black,” material innovation once again led the way in Geneva.
The MCT Sequential One S110 EVO Vantablack may be a typical MCT in the vein we have come to expect, yet it is its use of an exotic material on its dial that ups the ante in aesthetic. Created in 2014 by UK-based Surrey Nanosystems, “Vantablack” is essentially a carbon coating that absorbs 99.965 per cent of all light that falls on it. The effect is surreal, with the movement seeming to float above a void – an illusion helped by the blackest man-made material ever made.