The New Maurice Lacroix Forged Carbon Case Pontos S Regatta Timer

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Regatta Forged Carbon - Perpetuelle

A forged carbon case for a regatta timer from none other than Maurice Lacroix.  This is not a watch I saw coming from Maurice Lacroix, but I like it and I’m happy to see it.   Now I know this watch is also notable for being a regatta tiger, but a forged carbon case seems like the kinda thing that should get some play in the name of the watch.  After all, I’d guess that many enthusiasts think of Audemars Piguet when they hear the term.  At about 7000 Euro, this is not an inexpensive make for Maurice Lacroix, but compared to other forged carbon case options it is worth a look – it’s great to see both functions and materials that were previously exclusive to high-end brands making their way down to more accessible brands & price points

The regatta timer is a 10-minute countdown (10 minutes before race begins) activated by the pusher at 2 o’clock.  The regatta timing digits are white on blue background for the first five minutes of the countdown, with the final five minutes being white on red to convey the imminence of the race start.  The inner rotating bezel can be used to calibrate additional timing functions.  Other nice touches are the finely textured (“snailed”) minute ring which sits below the minute hashes & hour markers, and the finely textured/sandblasted inner white dial (a bit hard to see, but looks much better hands-on).

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Regatta Forged Carbon dial detail - Perpetuelle

This watch has a Sellita-base caliber in it with a Dubois-Depraz 2028 regatta/yacht timer module on top.  The strap is rubber (with a carbon-fiber looking texture to it) with a black PVD buckle.

Production is limited to 125 pieces.   Nicely done Maurice Lacroix.

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity duo

2014 brings another intriguing addition to Maurice Lacroix’s “Masterpiece” collection, the Masterpiece Gravity.  This watch is notable for its use of silicon components as part of the caliber ML230 (Maurice Lacroix’s 13th manufacture movement, by the way).  ML’s Masterpiece collection is the brand’s top range where it showcases its most exclusive — and often unusual — complications.  Recent Maurice Lacroix “Masterpiece” head-turners include the mystery seconds (2013) and the very intriguing “square wheel”, though there are also more typical designs and complications such as skeleton models, worldtimers, retrograde indicators, and so on.   But the Masterpiece Gravity is, as I say, notable for its use of silicon.  Let’s take a closer look.

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Maurice Lacroix Supercharged Pontos S

First Look…Baselworld 2014…

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Supercharged Duomaurice

Maurice Lacroix gives its Pontos S chronograph some aggressive styling attributes and a size upgrade, and calls it “Supercharged”.  I like it.  These two new models in the Pontos range step up 5mm from the Pontos S and the Pontos S Extreme‘s 43mm case.  The red detailing with steel case is a familiar aesthetic, but the yellow, paired with a black PVD case, is a new color-set for the Pontos S line.  Most striking, though, is the knurled chrono pushers and the bezel edge — a great looking detail element that really defines this watch in my book. Price is TBD.

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Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Worldtimer

Baselworld 2013 preview…

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Worldtimer Europe

This is a nicely styled worldtimer coming in 2013 from Maurice Lacroix.  It is part of the brand’s “Masterpiece” collection which contains ML’s more interesting, complicated and higher priced pieces ($5k-$20k). Two versions are being offered, one “Europe” and one “Asia”, evidenced by the continents engraved on the center of the dial bordered.  The European version features exceptional guilloché work with a Clous de Paris motif.   The Asian version favors is not quite so bold in its effects, with a silvered dial, sun-brushed satin-finished continents, pink gold numerals and hands and blue seconds hand.

Each is in a 42mm steel case, with automatic mechanical movement.  Both models have a day/night indication at 9 o’clock and the date at 6 o’clock. The 24-hour hand indicates the time in your place of residence, simply pressing on the push-button enables you to adjust the 12-hour hand to show the time in your current location.

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Worldtimer Asia