Ahead of the upcoming Baselworld 2012 industry event, which is set for March, 2012, the Swiss watchmaker has announced its new Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diving Chronograph. Equipped with a highly-reliable self-winding movement, this dressy diving watch features the same elegant design we have seen in their other “Pontos” models, but has a little twist about it.
The twist in question is, of course, the nicely crafted rotating bezel that has the usual 60-minute diving scale painted on its flange and protected from the elements with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
As you can see on the pictures below, the 15-minute scale can be painted in varying colors depending on the color of the strap (it can even be monochrome if you like.)
This kind of solution not only makes this watch less trivial, but also allows you to wear it both with a wetsuit (the watch is good for impressive 200 meters of water resistance!) and more formal attire, especially if you choose it not on a colored NATO strap, but on a more sober stainless steel bracelet that nicely combines polished and vertically brushed surfaces.
Well, perhaps, with its body measuring above the average 43 millimeters in diameter, the new Pontos S is a bit too large to be used as a dress watch. However, it will look just great as a casual timekeeper.
As I have already noted, the watch is animated by a very reliable ML caliber 112. Being in fact a slightly re-decorated version of the good ole’ ETA Valjoux 7750 natural-born chronograph movement, the caliber is widely used throughout ML’s whole product range, including the elegant Maurice Lacroix Classique Chronograph wrist watch.
The Swiss watchmaking brand still says nothing about the timekeeper’s MSRP, however their similarly-styled models that are equipped by the same cal. 112 movement are sold at a recommended price of $3500, so there is a good chance that this new diver will be offered with a pretty much similar price tag.
Photos: Maurice Lacroix
Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diving Chronograph Automatic watch specification
Movement: Automatic, ML caliber 112 (base ETA Valjoux 7750,) Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 46 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 43.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Black, sunburst pattern
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 200 meters
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet or textile NATO straps in different colors
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: No data