Introduced in the mid 1990s, the Masterpiece family is Maurice Lacroix’s top-of-the-range assortment, and offers complications at an open value point. At Baselworld this year, the brand disclosed new forms of its Masterpiece Chronograph Skeleton – an unpredictably executed openwork chronograph dependent on the Valjoux 7750. The 2017 models are given a steel case with blue dial and a restricted version blue PVD steel case with coordinating dial.
The Masterpiece chronograph skeleton case is enormous (45 mm) and it is accessible in steel, steel PVD or steel with a gold bezel. The plan is in the ordinary Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece style, and a dainty inclined bezel outlines a somewhat domed sapphire gem. Dynamic pushers flank the knurled, screw-down crown giving the watch a water protection from 100 m/330 ft. The case highlights substitute brushed and cleaned completes, with a pleasant angle along the tightened lugs.
The laser-cut, open work dial is introduced in various tones and gets done with contingent upon the forms (blue for 2017 models). The ‘skeletonization‘ confers a cutting edge, specialized look. The openwork dial and development permit the wearer to find the interaction of the pinion wheels and the watch inward operations, including the equilibrium haggle barrel on full presentation. The two subdials include skeletonized plates/wheels rather than hands. The one used to show the little seconds is molded to shape the brand’s ‘M’ logo, while the chronograph minute counter uses a turbine-like plan. The hours and minutes hands are jewel cut with radiant material. The spine is round brushed and the brand logo is moved on the sapphire crystal.
The Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece chronograph skeleton is controlled by a programmed chronograph type dependent on the reliable cam and switch Valjoux 7750. The chronograph development works at 28,800 vibrations each hour and has a force save of 48 hours. At the back of the watch, noticeable through the display caseback, the development includes a silver-tone get done with Geneva stripes on the scaffolds and on the openwork rotor.
The Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece chronograph is matched with a blue crocodile lash and fitted with a security steel collapsing clasp for the steel form and pin clasp for the PVD-steel restricted edition.
The Valjoux-fueled Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece chronographs are not as intriguing as the adaptations that were fit with segment wheel developments a couple of years prior. However, these are to be sure attractive watches. The universal Valjoux is exact and solid partner and it has permitted Maurice Lacroix to return to an estimating more intelligible with its image situating. For more data, kindly visit www.mauricelacroix.com
Technical details Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Chronograph skeleton
- Case: 45 mm – treated steel – sapphire gem with against intelligent covering – transparent case back – water impervious to 100m.
- Movement: type ML 206-7 mechanical with automatic winding – 48h power save – 28’800 vibrations/h – 25 gems – hours, minutes, little seconds, chronograph (focal second and 30 moment counter).
- Strap: alligator cowhide lash with security collapsing fasten (steel form) or pin clasp (blue PVD version).
- Price: CHF 6,900 (Steel) – CHF 7,500 (PVD Steel)