With its 2014 collection, Maurice Lacroix tries to play against the current “downsizing” trend. While even “sporty” and “bold” chronographs either lose weight or burn their excessive muscle tissue, the Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Supercharged brings you the good old Pontos S diver in an even bigger body. 48 millimeters in diameter, the diving tool is designed for a bodybuilder or a football player, not some sort of a skinny hipster.
ML has updated its “active lifestyle” Pontos family with a couple of new versions. Besides the sporty Pontos S Extreme and Pontos Chronographe that are similar in styling to the last year’s Pontos S Diving Chronograph, the Swiss watchmaker has also revealed a professional-grade Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver. Rated for water resistance of impressive 600 meters, it is claimed to be designed to professional specifications, but, for some unknown reason, is supplied on a not particularly practical leather strap.
For the year 2012, the Swiss watchmaker has seriously facelifted its Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Phases de Lune collection. Compared to the currently available 2010 Classique Phases de Lune (ref. LC6068-YS101-13E) version that was revealed at the SIHH 2010 trade show, the new watch undoubtedly looks less dramatic (and, frankly, more generic with its Longines Master Collection-like exterior,) but is at the same time more in line with their current model range.
It is becoming a positive trend with watchmakers all over the world (and especially those based in Switzerland) releasing their new timepieces in pairs. Designed for men and women and speaking the same design language, they usually only differ in sizes of their bodies and, when necessary, the movements that power them in order to maintain the same basic proportions. The 2012 Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Tradition collection was follows this philosophy to the “t”.
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 (ref. PT6008-SS002-332). Equipped with a highly-reliable self-winding movement, this dressy divier features the same elegant design we have seen in their other “Pontos” models but has a little twist about it.
Although the automatic Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Double Retrograde Edition Limitee (Ref. MP6519-PG101-430) is not as outrageously extravagant as the gorgeous Masterpiece Roue Carree Seconde that was also introduced in Basel last week, it still looks original and, well, desirable.
With its hand-wound Masterpiece Roue Carree Seconde (ref. MP7158-SS001-900), Maurice Lacroix ones again proves that a wheel doesn’t necessarily have to be round. It can be a square, too.
The Maurice Lacroix Pontos Day Date Blue Dial (Ref. 6158-SS001-43E) is equipped with an attractive three-dimensional blue dial and… not much else. Still, its compact stainless steel body, which is only 40 millimeters in diameter and not particularly thick at 12.50 mm, is nicely sculpted and is also perfectly finished giving the three-hander that sporty, energetic appearance that some money-savvy customers may find more than attractive.
Okay, that’s the last one for today. Also featuring a moon-phase complication the 2010 Maurice Lacroix Pontos Decentrique Phases de Lune (ref. PT6218-TT031-330) speaks a completely different design language with a strong German accent. Just like the other models in the Decentrique collection, the watch sports an off-centered main dial moved in the north-west direction. Still, what is particularly interesting about this one is the time display interface.
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.