It’s not regularly we cover Maurice Lacroix on Monochrome, yet in the course of recent years we’ve seen various fascinating watches being presented by this assembling. We showed you the Masterpiece Gravity as a Baselworld 2014 introduction , yet now we bring share our broad audit only before Baselworld 2015, fully expecting the curiosities to come.
Founded in 1976, the Swiss brand of Maurice Lacroix is increasing their game since 2006 by getting house created components and developments to their line-up. The presentation of a square and clover-leaf wheel, intriguingly positioned on the dial-side of the watch and serving as a marker for the seconds or an apparently drifting seconds hand are two of the essential visible qualities of their work. For the Gravity, an in-house silicon escapement gets an unmistakable put on the facade of the watch. I’d say “on the dial” however there truly isn’t one with the exception of the little, topsy turvy one.
Although a look and feel of advancement overflows out of the Masterpiece Gravity, the style it is executed in is likewise strikingly traditional. Blued hands, unbalanced lacquered dial, guilloche theme: it is an intriguing blend of vintage style and current materials combined in an awesome looking bundle. The moderately enormous measurements, both in breadth and in relative stature, make it stand apart on the wrist and practically difficult to shroud it under a sleeve. Not that it has something to stow away by any means; the Masterpiece Gravity is an attractive timepiece.
The amplifying sapphire precious stone, particularly recognizable under a point, adds a degree of liveliness to the Gravity which is startling from the outset. The play of light across the different levels and obviously the purple impressions of the silicon parts are hypnotizing. I really wanted to see that over and over, I ended up pivoting my wrist somewhat to see the daylight dance across the Clou de Paris guiloché and see the escapement wheel abandon dark to blue to purple while not giving a moment of consideration to the genuine time.
In terms of genuine highlights, as in “signs”, there isn’t a lot to discuss, as it is a period just watch. That is in no way, shape or form a let-down on the grounds that the Masterpiece Gravity has something undeniably more intriguing to see. The huge breadth balance-wheel, completely in sight on the lower left-hand quarter of the watch, is a wonderful component. The whole set-up is created in-house by Maurice Lacroix, including the equilibrium wheel, hair spring, silicon escapement wheel, anchor and all pinions and beds – a major advance forward for the brand. The advantages of a silicon escapement are clear, as it requires no oil and is unaffected by attractive powers pushing and pulling on the directing organ. We’ll plunge into this somewhat later in this review.
Dial and Hands
The Masterpiece Gravity includes an off-set dial at 2 o’clock showing hours and minutes, and an extra little seconds sub-dial at 5 o’clock. To get this out into the open, I feel the hands for quite a long time minutes and seconds hands are excessively cumbersome for this generally refined looking watch. Despite the fact that they are blued, and molded in a traditional style, I feel that they might have been slimmer. It wouldn’t transform anything about the meaningfulness of the watch, as the signs are totally decipherable however it detracts from the refinement a bit.
The white lacquered dial in the upper right quarter of the watch includes a blue moment track outwardly and printed roman numerals in dark in general. The Maurice Lacroix logo at 12 o’clock is fresh and adds a final detail to the little dial. Just underneath the fundamental dial is a little seconds marker with another of those cumbersome looking hands, a seconds track on the edge and red numerals at like clockwork around the register. The little seconds dial is done in a sunray design, playing with light.
Surrounding the primary dial and the little seconds marker is a raised bit of the development, including a Clou de Paris guilloché extending in size from the equilibrium wheel outward. One thing is striking however, and that is the additional extension at 11 o’clock. It doesn’t appear to fill some other need than to top off the dial to keep it to some degree balanced, or (and this is exceptionally easy to refute) flaunt their abilities in wrapping up. It appears to be peculiar to place a futile scaffold into a development, however it finishes the dial somehow.
Case and Strap
As referenced, the Masterpiece Gravity is an enormous watch. It estimates 43mm across, which is somewhat bigger than other dressier watches we’ve come across recently. Of course, this is definitely not a run of the mill dress watch. The case, made in hardened steel, highlights both brushed and cleaned surfaces, yet does not have a bezel. The domed sapphire gem nearly goes out to the external edge of the case. A level sapphire gem on the back considers an unobscured perspective on the in-house development, number 13 in the Maurice Lacroix collection.
The bended hauls, again both brushed and cleaned surfaces guarantee a serious comfortable fit on the wrist. The generally high watch feels somewhat cumbersome and might move around a piece if the setting of the openings isn’t spot on. Something little to contemplate, since it is as yet a watch with a solid match and finish. The last little detail of the case is the knurled non screw-down crown enhanced with the M-logo. Similarly as the case, the little crown highlights exchanging finishes.
The Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity is appended to a dim earthy colored crocodile calfskin lash with coordinating sewing and got done with a steel collapsing clasp. A pleasant touch is the little turned inward part between the carries that permits the lash to be appended nearer to the case.
The survey has practically been centered around the dial for evident reasons. Oneself winding ML230 type, Maurice Lacroix’ 13th in-house created development in less than 10 years works at a relaxed 18,000 motions. As referenced, the escapement is done in silicon. It’s not very far in the past that Ulysse Nardin fused the material into watchmaking for the absolute first time in the Freak , back in 2001. We’ve come far from that point forward, however silicon isn’t just about as broad as you would concoct to this point. Even more motivation to acclaim the guts of Maurice Lacroix for breaking grounds as a manufacture.
The back of the development has gotten as much love as the front, and is brightened with a round Côtes de Genève on the scaffold and rotor. An immense range of various completions can be seen, like roundabout graining, a snailing finish on the barrel cover and cleaning of the attachments for the jewels.
The ML230 brags as long as 50 hours power, all that anyone could need to get you through standard use. Stylishly, the development is developed on numerous levels, adding to the tallness of the watch and a look of profundity looking through the boxed sapphire on the front or the level sapphire gem in the back.
- Visible escapement on dial-side of watch
- Boxed-sapphire gem plays fills in as amplifying glass and plays with light
- Finishing is very well executed
- Delicate, high sapphire gem, prone to harm easily
- The position of a “fake treatment connect” at 11 o’clock
- Hour-minute-second hands are altogether too bulky
Besides this all-steel form, Maurice Lacroix offers another emphasis of the Masterpiece Gravity, in anthracite PVD-covering and a dark lash. The counterbalance dial of the anthracite model has rod hour markers and a red seconds hand on the little sub register. The development inside got a fitting treatment to coordinate the obscured case and they’ve changed the wrapping up. Rather than a Clou de Paris guilloche, a straight graining gives a more mechanical look to the Gravity.
Regardless which adaptation offers to you the most, they are accessible in a run of 250 pieces each, at a price of 13.900 USD. (Generally 12.200 Euros or 13.000 Swiss Francs).
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The watch was given by Clockwise watch-and gems retailer in Hellevoetsluis, the Netherlands, for which we are thankful.