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Swiss luxury watchmaker accepts global cryptocurrency payments

Peter Terlato 11 April 2018 NEWS

The company claims it is the first watchmaker to allow bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash payments globally.

Swiss watchmaker Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps (MCT) launched online sales this week, offering customers worldwide the freedom to purchase timepieces either via wire transfer or using cryptocurrencies.

The European company designs and assembles around 100-150 timepieces each year. All are limited edition and high-end, previously only available in boutique stores in over 40 countries, according to the luxury brand.

Partnering with cryptocurrency and blockchain payments enterprise BitPay, MCT claims it is the first major watchmaker to officially accept online bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) payments.

“Now MCT can receive payments in any amount, from anywhere in the world, from any computer or mobile device opening up new markets and opportunities,” MCT Watches said in a release published on its website.

MCT Watches comprise sophisticated mechanisms with over 600 components. Prices range from approximately US$49,500 to US$200,000. The company is offering free global shipment deliveries on all purchases.

The watchmaker is a member of the Crypto Valley Association, an independent, government-supported organization established to utilize Swiss tech policies to build a blockchain and cryptographic ecosystem. The association supports and connects startups and established enterprises through policy recommendations, projects, initiating and enabling research, and organizing conferences, hackathons, and other industry events.

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Picture: Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps (MCT)

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