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Friday, March 8, 2013

The Mystery and the Masterpiece: Two spellbinding watches from Maurice Lacroix

Maurice Lacroix has made some seriously creditable watches in recent years, including the famous Roue Carrée model, which received wide critical industry and consumer acclaim and has been extrapolated across several different versions. There are now two new watches from Maurice Lacroix, one of which, the Masterpiece Seconde Mysterieuse introduces a new way of telling the time. 

 Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse 

This watch has created an innovative way of measuring the passage of time. 
Continuing in the same vein of avant-garde creative freedom, the Swiss-based brand presents the Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse watch.

Maurice Lacroix claim that this marks a new first in the history of watchmaking.

Mystérieuse (Mysterious) features a grey disc which dominates the skeletonised inner workings of the movement. The seconds indication, the skeletonisation, and the off-centred hours are each trademark features of the brand. 

The watch is powered by the ML215 calibre – a new Maurice Lacroix Manufacture movement and the twelfth to be entirely developed in-house. The mysterious hand marks out a linear reading of the seconds, in alternating horizontal and vertical 15-second cycles.

The blued hand turning on its axis, as though in full levitation, produces the captivating optical illusion. The mechanical mystery behind this impressive feat remains unsolved.

The hours are displayed at 2 o'clock and are also indicated by metallic blued hands, while the rest of the dial is skeletonised around the movement bridges, in a geometrical style available in two versions, coated in either rhodium or ruthenium.

The self-winding movement is visible through the sapphire-crystal back of the 43 mm diameter steel case. The Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse is available in two limited series of 125 pieces each.

Masterpiece Date


 One date, three hands, and a way to mark the passing hours in a way that is both elegant and surprisingly natural. The eminently classic appeal of this prestigious watch is heightened by its date indication. Its Roman numerals are designed with an elegance and simplicity that completely satisfy rigorous aesthetic demands.

The date, positioned at 3 o'clock, is an attractive focal point with faceted hands following their course on a dial adorned with delicate, vertical guilloche work. The Masterpiece Date is a 38mm steel case watch with a satin and polished finish.

Great attention has been given to the decoration of the ML155 movement, with the refinement of its circular graining and its Cotes de Geneve details, clearly visible through the sapphire case back. With its simplicity and Swiss quality, this exclusive model will delight all connoisseurs of fine watchmaking.

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