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Mid-priced mechanicals: Maurice Lacroix

by Michael Weare
15 July, 2013
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Chrono

This series explores excellent quality mechanical watches that are still within the grasp of the man who simply hasn’t the means or the desire to blow five, let alone six figures on a Swiss timepiece. Maurice Lacroix has specialised in this market for many years, and has set itself a clear objective to maintain the long standing traditions of the best in Swiss watchmaking squarely aimed at those who appreciate lasting value at a realistic price point.

As a brand, Maurice Lacroix is a relative newbie, founded in 1975 as part of the Desco Group. The brand started to set the watch world alight in the 1990s with the introduction of its Les Mecaniques line – today known as the Masterpiece Collection. These are largely ETA modified movements, but at the top end of the collection they have also developed their own excellent in-house movements.

Incidentally, if you are searching for Maurice Lacroix the master watchmaker, you’ll be looking in vain. The man does exist, but he is no Father of Time. In searching for a brand name they agreed to use that of a Desco accounts man who happened to be working for the company at the time of its launch. Maurice Lacroix has remained the brand name ever since.

Pontos Decentrique GMT

Maurice Lacroix Pontos

The Pontos collection combines Swiss watchmaking traditions and technical mastery with modern design. The timepieces in this thoroughbred collection include the Maurice Lacroix Pontos Decentrique GMT. The Pontos “décentrique” range sought from the outset to break with traditional watchmaking and make a difference. Launched in 2006, the collection won the Red Dot Design Award in 2007. This timepiece features a black dial with an off-centre GMT, moon phase display and date function at 6 o’clock housed within a 43mm polished steel case. The automatic movement has a 38 hour power reserve. £3,700.00

Masterpiece Jours Retrograde Tonneau

Maurice Lacroix Jours Retrograde Tonneau

The timepieces in the Masterpiece Collection are designed to reflect Maurice Lacroix know-how and are anchored in a contemporary take on traditional Swiss watchmaking. This stunning 51.6mm x 39mm watch comes in a stainless steel and yellow gold tonneau case with scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The watch comes on a brown alligator strap with pin & buckle. Features retrograde day indication calender. water resistant to 50 metres. £4,295.00

Masterpiece Lune Retrograde

Masterpiece Lune Retrograde

The Masterpiece Lune Retrograde opts to capture time in a 43 mm diameter case powered by a self-winding ML 192 movement, manufactured entirely in-house. Encircled by a hand display marking the days of the week, the moon is featured at 6 o’clock. It turns on a black disk in striking chiaroscuro. The calendar is housed at 10 o’clock in a wide retrograde arch, while the power reserve is displayed at 2 o’clock. The hours and minutes are featured at the traditional central position so as not to disturb the almost architectural balance of the piece. The watch comes with an optional leather strap and is available with dials in slate and silver/gold two-tone. With some careful shopping you can pick this watch up for around £4,266.00.

Masterpiece Chronograph

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Chrono

The Masterpiece collection spearheads the brand, and the watches feature mechanical movements and complications.  This 45mm Swiss made Automatic Chronograph features a round grey dial in a stainless steel case with scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Sub dials are at the 3 and 9 o’clock. £5,450.00

Masterpiece Chronograph Squelette

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Squelette

An undeniably avant-garde design housed within a 45mm case. This intriguing skeltonised watch  originally introduced in 2010, is fitted with an in-house mechanism, the ML 106-7 calibre. This new instrument for the measurement of short time intervals has precise mechanics, for which a patent has been filed, and openwork design, which displays and authenticates the movement. The watch comes with a 60-minute counter: a rare function that is highly adapted to accurate time-keeping for a more precise chronograph function (accurate to 1/5 second) maintained in direct relation with the seconds hand for optimal precision. Top of the line for Mauice Lacroix at around £6,700.00

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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