Continuing its extension system, Maurice Lacroix presents the Aikon Chronograph Skeleton, the first skeletonised chronograph development in quite a while Aikon Automatic line-up. The openworked chronograph development isn’t new; it was first highlighted in the Masterpiece assortment and returns today in the virile instance of the brand’s vision of an available extravagance sports watch. The cutting edge, specialized look of this newcomer is underlined with the dim on-dark composition with dark markings and scarcely a hint of shading. Let’s have a more critical glance at this shiny new (and intense) model.
The Aikon assortment was dispatched in 2016 as a resurrection of the Calypso line from 1990, at first fueled by quartz developments. As Maurice Lacroix’s interpretation of the extravagance sports watch, the Aikon pieces have coordinated cases and a particular bezel enhanced with six twofold hooks. Developments are re-appropriated Swiss automatics, however this aides keep costs at a shockingly available level. Alongside a current arrangement of chronographs, 3-hands-and-date , an Automatic Skeleton or the fascinating Aikon Mercury with its licensed ‘free-hand’ show, this new delivery affirms that the Aikon is acquiring in complexity.
This is the thing that I would characterize as an activity stuffed watch. Not in light of its capacity to record slipped by times and its 200m water-obstruction, but since of its complex case and dial. In spite of the fact that it is being welcomed into the Aikon family, it appears to impart more highlights to the strong Aikon Venturer . A fast relationship may help: if the Aikon is the Royal Oak, the Aikon Venturer is the Royal Oak Offshore, a testosterone-injected form of the original.
The tempered steel frame holds its dynamic Aikon engineering with a barrel-molded case, sharp, inclining coordinated drags and a round bezel. The 44mm width and 15mm stature are quite standard measurements for a games chronograph, however the case has gone through changes to embrace its new character as an openworked chronograph. There was at that point a chronograph model, with shut dial (as seen above) yet the new development required some evolutions.
In the primary spot, the brushed bezel is more slender and the six trademark hooks/arms included on the ordinary rendition of the Aikon have been adjusted to show 10-minute spans. Since the bezel is more slender, the six hooks jut over the gem covering the dial. You can see however how the first furrow in the paws is included on the bezel yet leveled on the top to accommodate the numbers, which are engraved on a cleaned surface. Clearly a chronograph needs pushers and the Aikon has decided on screwed, brushed and cleaned pushers that assurance water-opposition. The crown has likewise been returned to for additional hold and highlights profound sections in the dark PVD base.
The two sub-dials are organized evenly and have been sliced by laser to wipe out however much material as could reasonably be expected with little seconds at 9 o’clock and the 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. The sub-dials are a dark tone with dark markings and held set up by four arms of a similar tone. Playing with a range of light and dull grays, the development is treated with DLC dark gold.
Unlike the Masterpiece Chronograph Skeleton , the sub-dials of the Aikon Chronograph Skeleton are demonstrated with little radiant hands and not stylised wheels that block the view on the development. The rhodium-plated hours and minutes hands are short and treated with lume while the focal chronograph hand is blue. Aside from the twofold minutes/seconds track on the outskirts – one in dark on the rib, and a more modest white track moved to the gem – the remainder of the dial uncovers the repairmen fueling the chronograph. The barrel and the equilibrium wheel are entirely noticeable alongside the interchange of pinion wheels and the dim bridges.
The invert side of the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Chronograph Skeleton reveals more subtleties of the programmed chronograph type ML206 dependent on the reliable cam-and-switch Valjoux 7753. The Valjoux-fueled Maurice Lacroix chronograph development probably won’t be pretty much as fascinating as a segment wheel chronograph, yet is an exact and dependable partner permitting ML to hold its costs in line. Beating at 28,800vph, the development has a force save of 48 hours. The rear of the development highlights standard gets done with vertical Geneva stripes on the extensions and the openworked rotor.
The progress of this skeletonised chronograph from the fancier, less specialized Masterpiece case to the more rough Aikon has implied various transformations. In the event that you compare this model to the current Aikon Skeleton 45mm or even a shut dial Aikon Chronograph , you can perceive how this model has needed to forfeit probably the most unmistakable attributes of the Aikon (thick bezel with hooks) family.
However, the penance isn’t to no end since, supposing that you will have a skeletonised chronograph, the thought is to offer the most survey room conceivable. What’s more, the view is very amazing drawing the eye towards the focal point of the dial and down towards the mechanical show.
Strap and price
The dark calfskin tie with hand-sewed white lines and the applied M logo comes with a steel collapsing fasten and includes the Easychange framework for DIY lash changes. The Maurice Lacroix Aikon Chronograph Skeleton retails for CHF 6,900. For more data, if it’s not too much trouble, counsel mauricelacroix.com .