The second interesting entry from Maurice Lacroix is the Classique Phases de Lune. Available both in stainless steel and SS / yellow gold mix (ref. LC6068-YS101-13E), this is yet another dressy watch from the relatively young brand. While the basic layout of the dial doesn’t offer anything particularly new, it is the styling of hands and other elements that makes this new collection look almost* unique.
* Probably inspired by elegant styling of timekeepers designed by F.P. Journe, the Classique Phases de Lune loses a virtual star in the “originality” department, but still manages to look more original than the majority of ETA-powered “moon phase” watches currently available on the market. I mean, just look at those hands!
Unlike a great number of other offerings in this segment, the new Classique Phases de Lune is powered by ML’s own Caliber 37…
Okay, upon re-reading the sentence I must admit that this is an overstatement: you may call an object “your own” if you have created it or, at least, bought it and modified it to a degree that it became a completely new artifact. This mechanism differs from the movement it is based on only with its oscillating weight, which is now adorned with vertical Geneva stripes and branded with their logo (there isn’t information whether the parts directly responsible for accuracy and resistance to shocks were upgraded in any meaningful way,) so let’s just say that the mechanism was not just put in the case as is: they modified it to a degree.
Based on the ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, this engine features an additional “complication” module that displays date day of the week, current month and the moon phase.
Simply speaking, the ML caliber 37 mimics ETA Valjoux 7751 “moon phase chronograph” movement’s functionality sans the chronograph. The solution allowed the Swiss brand to save a few bucks, but in return, you may find it more expensive to service and/or repair when the warranty is expired: there are just a lot more moving parts and probably more stress put on the going train that not only may wear out the mechanism faster but may also require more skilled repair person to keep the movement in working order.
The collection is presented in two versions: one in stainless steel and the other in steel/yellow gold mixte that features a fixed gold bezel, as well hands, hour markers and the “M” logo crafted from the same precious metal. The version in steel looks the most refined, although I can predict that the mixte will be the most popular: people like gold, especially when it comes at an affordable price.
Only 40 millimeters in diameter, the case is pleasantly mid-sized being compact enough to look discreet and restrained, but still possessing a certain sense of massive presence.
Although the stainless steel and gold mix version leaves much to be desired (well, to put it less diplomatically, it sucks, big time,) the stainless steel model leaves a much better impression. In fact, the design looks so good, it is a shame that Maurice Lacroix didn’t dare to offer this model in white gold.
See also: Chopard L.U.C Lunar Big Date chronometer
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 1/5
Value for Money: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Photos: Maurice Lacroix
Maurice Lacroix Classique Phases de Lune specification
Price range: $5000 (MSRP)
Movement: ML caliber 37 (based on ETA 2824-2), automatic, 28,800 vph, Swiss Made
Complications: Date, day of week, month, moon phase
Power reserve: 38 hours
Case: Stainless steel
Bezel: Stainless steel or Yellow gold and Steel (ref. LC6068-YS101-13E, pictured)
Transparent back: Yes, sapphire glass
Size: 40.00 mm
Dial: Black, silver
Hands: Stainless steel or yellow gold-plated with luminous substance at the end of the tips
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Brown leather with deployment clasp in stainless steel
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective