If you lean toward the life structures of a watch to be up front, a skeletonized development and dial are the best approach. There’s a center ground, in any case, for the individuals who need a touch of mechanical activity without the mechanics on full presentation. In this point of view, Maurice Lacroix as of late added another Masterpiece to its assortment with a novel interpretation of this mechanical center ground. In light of the cool exceptional Square Wheel show concocted by ML a couple of years prior, the brand adds now a mark retrograde date and, most amazing aspect every one of the, a more available price.
This new Masterpiece has a square wheel (roue carrée) combined with a clover-molded wheel to show the seconds, standing apart with energetic complexity. Its past Masterpiece Square Wheel watch exhibited this square wheel set-up too, yet the new watch we have today on survey adds a retrograde date show to combine both of the company’s unmistakable highlights. The flighty esthetic might be to some degree polarizing for a few, however there’s no rejecting that Maurice Lacroix has made something unique. How about we take a nearer look.
The watch is on the enormous side with a 43mm hardened steel case (15mm in tallness), yet it takes into consideration an extensive perspective on the extraordinary dial. A sapphire gem caseback shows its beautified programmed development and the case is water-impervious to 100 meters. The watch likewise comes in two flavors, one with a silver dial and blue hands, lists and uncovered cog wheels, with the other wearing an anthracite dial with vertical Geneva stripes and gold accents supplanting the blue. Yet, how about we just quit wasting time – there’s a square stuff impeccably coinciding with a clover-molded stuff that shows the seconds on the dial, and that is very special!
Maurice Lacroix spearheaded this design in 2010, be that as it may, this system showed the hours rather than seconds – as a controller watch. In 2014, the brand took similar thought yet adjusted it to the seconds subdial, making it outwardly really striking, with the two pinion wheels in steady movement as the seconds tick by. The clover-formed stuff drives the square one inside its 9 o’clock sub-dial, with printed Arabic numerals at regular intervals. The square wheel has four spokes, however one avoids the corner to work as the seconds hand. The system is workmanship in motion.
Maurice Lacroix additionally has a fondness for retrograde showcases and past Masterpiece watches have had schedule as well as double time signs in the arrangement. This is the first run through, in any case, that both a square wheel and retrograde complication have shared a dial – with the retrograde hand showing the date for this situation. A curve of odd schedule numbers (1, 3, 5, and so forth) begins at 4 o’clock and closures at 6 o’clock, and a hand creeps down to show the date, bouncing back to the top position each month.
The silver dial has little blue dabs marking the even days between the printed numerals, however not the anthracite dial, despite the fact that there’s sufficient space between them to precisely enlist the date.
Previous Masterpiece Square Wheel watches had in-house developments however this new piece utilizes a Sellita SW200 programmed type with an in-house complication module. This permits the company to bring down the cost (30% less on the last cost) while utilizing a demonstrated base under the module created in Saignelégier, Switzerland at the Maurice Lacroix fabricate. The Manufacture ML258 type has 37 gems, beats at 28,800vph (4Hz) with a 36-hour power save. The rotor is skeletonized and adorned with Côtes de Genève. Uncovered parts are both rhodium-plated and sandblasted, and adorned well past the base SW200 finish.
The Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Square Wheel Retrograde 43mm retails for CHF 6,900 for both the silver/blue and anthracite/gold variations at partaking retailers. The past rendition with an in-house development was estimated at CHF 9,900. More data at the Maurice Lacroix site .