Although the new Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Double Retrograde Edition Limitee (Ref. MP6519-PG101-430) automatic watch is not as outrageously extravagant as the gorgeous Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Roue Carree Seconde that was also introduced in Basel last week, it still looks original and, well, desirable.
The reason for the timekeeper’s attractiveness is the winning combination of rose gold 46 mm case and dial elements with the deep blue face. Together, these ingredients make the watch look especially noble, putting it in the same league with the creme de la creme of the Swiss watchmaking community.
The watch is powered with the brand new ML 191 automatic movement.
Built on 74 jewels and slowly beating at 18,000 vph, the movement displays not only standard hours, minutes and subsidiary seconds, but also features three retrograde indicators: date (6 o’clock,) second time zone (12 o’clock,) and power reserve (at 3 o’clock.)
If you take a look at the pictures above and below, you may notice that the small seconds sub-dial is decorated in such a way as to look like another retrograde display. Some may find this deceptive, but to me the trick looks really neat. At least, it visually balances the whole display.
Too bad that the whole series is limited to only 50 pieces.
Photos: Maurice Lacroix
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Double Retrograde Edition Limitee automatic watch specification
Movement: Automatic, ML 191, 18,000 vph, 74 jewels, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Rhodium-plated, vertically brushed, snailed
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, retrograde date, retrograde GMT, power reserve
Power reserve: 52 hours
Case material: 18-carat rose gold
Bezel material: 18-carat rose gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 46.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: No data
Dial: Solid 925 silver, deep blue, sunray satin finish
Hands: Rose gold; Hands at 6 and 12 o’clock are rhodium-plated
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Large-scaled black crocodile leather strap with black calfskin lining; 18-carat rose gold folding clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective, convex
Case back: Sapphire, screw-down, numbered