REVIEW: Maurice de Mauriac Zurich Chronograph Modern on Nato

May 4, 2012 | By Jason Pitsch | Hands-On, Maurice de Mauriac, REVIEWS

This is the Maurice de Mauriac Zurich Chronograph Modern in a 42 mm x 14 mm satin brushed finish titanium case. We previously reviewed a 45 mm diameter black DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) case variant here. The majority of Maurice de Mauriac timepieces come with beautiful satin brushed cases which are - both harder to finish than a typical brushed finish and easier to scratch. Nevertheless, I highly recommend the satin finish as it looks great even with scratches.

The movement is a self-winding top grade (same as chronometer without certificate) Valjoux 7750 mechanical chronograph with circular graining on the mainplate and Geneva stripes on the bridges, rotor with Geneva stripes - ceramic ball bearings for faster winding, 25-jewels, frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz), 42-hour power reserve and blued screws. Black dial with white luminous Arabic numerals, but instead of 12, 1, 2...the hour markers show a triangle at 12 o'clock and then 05, 10 up to 55 at 11 o'clock - a configuration that puts the focus on chronograph seconds (which use the central hand). The uncharacteristic markers create a highly distinctive dial, and the signature look that this Zurich, Switzerland based brand is known for.

Functions include hours, minutes, small seconds date and chronograph (12-hour subdial, 30-minute subdial and 60-second central seconds). Flat sapphire glass with double anti-reflective treatment. Locking crown and pushers. Titanium sapphire crystal caseback. Water-resistance 100 meters. Nato strap (solid, striped, Hermes leather), also available on leather or textile strap. Retail $3,500

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