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Hands-On with the Masterpiece Gravity Blue

Jason Pitsch

This year at Baselworld, Maurice Lacroix presented a new version of their Masterpiece Gravity timepiece with blue lacquered dial and subdial. Originally released in 2014, the Masterpiece Gravity has a unique regulation assortment, consisting of the balance wheel, hairspring, and escapement – all made of silicon (silicium). Moreover, it can be viewed from the dial side of the watch. Many companies are using silicon for crucial watch movement components, however, few use silicon for the entire regulation system. Patek Philippe is one of the companies that does, but as of today, only a limited number of references utilize the full silicon Oscillomax system. Set against the off-center, blue lacquered dial (at 2 o’clock), are contrasting rhodium-plated hands and applied indexes, that display hours and minutes. Just below is a blue lacquered subsidiary dial (at 4 o’clock), with a bright red

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REVIEW: Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Retrograde Moon

Jason Pitsch

Overview Founded in 1975, the relatively young Swiss watchmaker, Maurice Lacroix, is headquartered in Biel/Bienne and has a watch manufacture in Saignelégier. However, the company we know today originally started with Desco von Schulthess, which began as a Zurich-based silk trading company, that after many years of exporting got involved in watch distribution, in 1946. They eventually did so well in the watch business that they acquired the Saignelégier-based watch assembler, Tiara, in 1961. The success continued to the point that Desco decided to create the brand Maurice Lacroix, in 1975. Maurice Lacroix went on to acquire case maker Queloz S.A. in 1989, also based in Saignelégier. And today, Maurice Lacroix produces many of their own movements, thanks to the combination of vertically integrated manufacturing elements that were purchased over the years by Desco von Schulthess. The dial Beginning with

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Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver “Blue Devil” Limited Edition

Today, Maurice Lacroix announces a limited edition diver’s watch for North America called the Pontos S Diver “Blue Devil” Limited Edition. Featuring a 43 mm stainless steel case, 600 meter water-resistance, dual screw-down crowns (one for adjusting the internal rotating dive bezel and the other for setting the time/date), screw-down steel caseback, an automatic helium escape valve (at 9 o’clock), domed sapphire crystal with double anti-glare treatment, and excellent dial legibility (including underwater thanks to luminous hands and markers) – this is a true professional dive watch. The blue and yellow color scheme was inspired by the colorful Southern Blue Devil fish which is the same shade of blue with bright yellow and white accents. The dial features a blue sun-brushed finish contrasted by rhodium-plated applied hour indexes that are filled with luminous material, as well as bright yellow dots

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Henrik Fisker designs Aston Martin with chrono in the dashboard

The Aston Martin Vanquish V12 “Thunderbolt” is the result of a design study by automotive designer, and founder of Fisker Automative, Henrik Fisker. The idea is that this is personal interpretation of what the Aston Martin Vanquish V12 Coupe could look like. Inside, is the world’s first Panasonic curved screen infotainment system, as well as something watch lovers will surely appreciate: a Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Le Chronograph Squelette in the center of the dashboard. The timepiece is manually wound, and requires access to the pushers on the side, as well as the crown, in order to wind, set and operate it – so it is not clear how this would function inside an a car if it actually went into production. Being that it is design study, not a production or even concept car, it will not be produced which

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Maurice Lacroix To Launch Masterpiece Seconde Mysterieuse At Basleworld

Next month Maurice Lacroix will launch an interesting new timepiece at Baselworld — the Masterpiece Seconde Mysterieuse. It features an off-center dial displaying hours and minutes, and a mysterious seconds display. The seconds are indicated on an oversized subdial at 6 o’clock. “The ‘mysterious’ hand marks out a linear reading of the second, in alternating horizontal and vertical 15-second cycles. The hand turns on its axis, as though in full levitation, producing a captivating optical illusion.”

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Maurice Lacroix Memoire 1

This is the first mechanical watch in the world to feature a memory function, the Memoire 1. It has a dial with hands for minutes and seconds and a disk to show hours. There is a push button in the crown which allows you to switch from "Time" to "Chrono" mode. The hands and hour disk switch to measure time and then back to a normal watch with the press of the button. You can even toggle back and fourth while the chrono is running. This watch uses 537 components and has yet to be officially introduced, but you can check out the microsite here.

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