Baselworld 2013 … The Maurice Lacroix novelties

Maurice Lacroix showed me an new Seconde Mystérieuse, a new case material called Powerlite and a divers watch.

Exclusive to Maurice Lacroix, the material Powerlite from which the Pontos S Extreme watch case (both bezel and case middle) is made is an alloy of five elements: aluminum, magnesium, titanium, zirconium and ceramic. The crown and the push buttons are made of titanium. The robustness, durability and also the lightweight of this timepiece are irreproachable. Two models are available in blue or khaki through the anodization process. A treatment used on metal surfaces tried and tested in the automotive industry, as well as aeronautics and architecture, anodization is an electrolytic chemical process through which color pigments are inserted directly into the pores of the material concerned.

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In 2010 Maurice Lacroix launched the famous Roue Carrée model. Offering much more than just its esthetic appeal, this watch has marked out an innovative way of measuring the passage of time. This year Maurice Lacroix is pleased to present its Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse watch. Mystérieuse (Mysterious) inspires and intrigues. Driven by the ML215 caliber the mysterious hand marks out a linear reading of the seconds, in alternating horizontal and vertical 15-second cycles. The blued hand turning on its axis, as though in full levitation, produces the captivating optical illusion. The hours are displayed at 2 o’clock and are also indicated by metallic blued hands, while the rest of the dial is skeletonized around the movement bridges, in a striking geometrical style that is very contemporary and available in two versions, coated in either rhodium or ruthenium. The self-winding ML215 mechanical movement is visible through the sapphire-crystal back of the 43 mm diameter steel case.

My photographs should illustrate you the movement of the blue seconds hand over its dial …

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The Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver has been designed with the needs of professional divers in mind. The professional diving instrument is water-resistant up to 600 meters. The Austrian bracelet manufacturer Hirsch (more about the innovative company you can discover  HERE) made the new water-proof leather NATO-strap for the watch.

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4 replies on “Baselworld 2013 … The Maurice Lacroix novelties”
  1. says: Sam

    Thanks for beautiful pictures.
    The Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse is another step from ML to prove themselves in modern horology. Just ordered it from AD.

  2. says: Mezdis

    I think it is interesting, how new materials are introduced by many different companies. At least as interesting is the fact, that most of the companies try to make a serious secret around these materials. It is quite rare that the composition of a new material can be understood by a person “known in the art”.
    Here for example: An alloy of five elements is described. However, it is not possible to make an alloy out of ceramics. Ceramics do not melt and therefore cannot be alloyed with the other four elements. Most probably, the ceramic is added in particle form. But this would probably sound too ordinary – in contrast to the name Powerlite 😉

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