Business 11 April 2018

Erik Gibbs

Luxury Swiss watch maker now accepts Bitcoin Cash

For those with a few extra Bitcoin Cash (BCH) collecting virtual dust in a wallet, a Swiss watchmaker has the perfect solution. Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps (MCT) has partnered with cryptocurrency payment provider BitPay, allowing it to accept both SegWit-Coin BTC (otherwise known as Bitcoin Legacy or Core) and BCH for purchases. To make things even more enticing, the company offers free shipping around the world.

In fact, in order to buy a watch from MCT, a cryptocurrency wallet is mandatory. The company just began selling its watches online, and only accepts the two cryptocurrencies or an international wire transfer. Shipping takes approximately 10 days after the payment is confirmed.

According to the company’s website, the automatic movements with 18K gold micro-rotor are developed in-house by the company. Remarkably legible hours are indicated by four modules, each comprising five triangular prisms. The hour is highlighted by an open window in a “C-shaped” arc around the center of the dial, which is relief-engraved with “Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps.” The central disc jumps sequentially 90 degrees counterclockwise each hour to highlight the new hour, while minutes are displayed 360 degrees around the full perimeter of the dial.  The combination of oversized hour numerals and central minutes offers an extremely legible time indication.

The description of the timepieces continues by adding that the lower mass of the micro-rotor requires less force than a traditional full-size rotor. Visible through the display back, the beautifully hand-finished movement bridges offer an eye-catching contrast to the warm glow of the red gold weight, and mainspring crystal, or chaton. The one exception to the analog watch line is the company’s Dodekal One, which is a hybrid mechanical watch that digitally displays the hour in the center of the dial.

MCT manufacturers each watch by hand, producing between 100 and 150 each year. All are limited edition watches and are currently offered in high-end boutique stores in over 40 countries. The company is now the first major watch manufacturer to officially accept payments with SegWit-Coin BTC and BCH.

The watches certainly aren’t for everyone. Prices start at around $45,000 and go to almost $100,000. For anyone that’s done well with SegWit-Coin BTC or BCH investments, however, the watch would be a nice way to reward yourself.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (SegWit) chain are referenced as BTC coins; tokens on the Bitcoin Cash ABC chain are referenced as BCH, BCH-ABC or BAB coins.

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