The Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Skeleton is without a doubt perhaps the most alluring bits of the assortment, close by a couple of different pieces like the Gravity , the Mysterious Seconds or the Pontos S Diver . Playing on the advanced side of open-worked watches (not these somewhat antiquated skeleton observes full or arabesques and inscriptions), the Masterpiece Skeleton develops this year by being full black-covered and uncovering something really futile yet rather cool on the rear of the case…
Skeleton watches offer an incredible chance to watch devotees: appreciating the view on all the pieces of a development, even from the dial side, when the watch is worn. As a matter of fact, this mechanical fascination assumes an enormous part in our adoration for watches (and we mean genuine watches, with a mechanical development). In the event that you pay a genuinely significant extra to have a hand-wound or programmed development in your watch, it really sounds rather fait to have the option to appreciate it as a rule. This is the raison d’être of skeleton watches. However, for quite a long time, open-worked watches have been some way or another ornate and rather definite: etchings, complex lines, development that were regularly sparkling and antiquated. Not very modern.
The Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Skeleton plays on contemporary trends, while as yet offering an extraordinary view on its hand-wound movement’s complexities. Skeletonization here methods striking plan, straight lines, present day finishings and executions. The extension on top of the development, which holds set up every single moving part, is some way or another emanating from the middle and feels practically lively in its look. The “arms” of this scaffold are straight, matte looking, with a 3D impact. The upper surfaces are getting done with a colimaçonnage (snailed), while sand-impacted on lower surfaces, to bring contrast. It likewise show diamond-cut edges on all bridges. This development, which could appear as though a Unitas yet which is produced in-house by Maurice Lacroix, offers an incredible profundity, a strong plan and a pleasant view on the moving parts.
The caseback isn’t left aside all things considered. The scaffolds have been cut similarly as the front ones, so the view stays clear. The completing is wonderful, with totally black covered plates and extensions, some huge gems on the incredible train and decent execution of the haggles. The development includes an enormous screwed balance, which beats at a sluggish 2.5Hz recurrence, and flaunts 45h of force save. it shows the hours and minutes on the focal pivot and a little second at 9.
One detail however makes this Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Skeleton very engaging. Truth be told, skeleton watches have one issue. Since they are straightforward, they now and then let wrist-hairs show up through the dial – in fact not exquisite. To check this, Maurice Lacroix highlights its Masterpiece Skeleton with a halfway colored caseback, which is hazier and intelligent on the voids, and straightforward underneath the moving parts (wheels, barrel and equilibrium) to allow the light to come through. Indeed, it’s simply a detail, however one I like.
For 2017, the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Skeleton dresses its 43mm treated steel case in black-PVD, with a full sandblasted finish, for a cool secrecy look. The lash is in black gator calfskin and combined to a black PVD-covered pin clasp. More subtleties on www.mauricelacroix.com .