Watches: Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity 2015 (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on May 8, 2015
With no less than 13 movements developed entirely in-house, Maurice Lacroix is clearly a brand dedicated to Fine Watchmaking with all the expertise and creativity in their workshops to introduce amazing creations.
Being the first timepiece to showcase a full silicon assortment, the “Masterpiece Gravity” unveiled at Baselworld last year clearly revealed the company’s forward-thinking approach to watchmaking. As aesthetically striking as it was technically innovative, this high-end model put the oscillator and assortment centre stage on the dial side of the watch. Despite this rather extravagant feature, its manufacture self-winding ML230 calibre boats a clean appearance and provides high reliability by avoiding unnecessary components and totalling only 188 parts.
Simply combined with two off-centred sub-dials for the hours and minutes (at 1 o’clock) and the small seconds (at 5 o’clock), this apparent escapement leaves plenty of room on the open-worked dial to also highlight the brand’s dedication to high-end finishing. Available in stainless steel or anthracite Grey PVD steel in limited runs of 250 pieces each, the extremely successful “Masterpiece Gravity” proudly presented the brand’s idea of a classical or more contemporary design.
For 2015, this stunning timepiece is back with two more stainless steel and anthracite grey PVD steel editions also limited to 250 pieces each. Just like last year, the stainless steel model offers a classical take on the “Masterpiece Gravity” while the anthracite grey PVD alternative presents a resolutely more contemporary look.
The stainless steel watch is mounted on a brown alligator strap and showcases traditional white lacquered dials. While black Roman numerals are used for the hour and minutes, Arabic numerals adorn the small seconds. In both cases, a blue and black minute track marks the outline of the dial where facetted gold-plated hands sweep smoothly. The four bridges on the right-hand side of the dial are perfectly polished with bevelled edges and the main bridge underneath the sub-dials has been adorned with circular Côtes de Genève. They have all been rhodium finished to enhance the classical appearance of the watch.
The anthracite grey PVD treatment on the 43 mm case of the second model immediately gives a much more modern appearance. To enhance the trendy look, this beautiful creation mounted on a black alligator strap received black lacquered sub-dials held by rhodium-treated screws. The silver minute track and baton hour markings of the hours and minutes sub-dial reinforce the contemporary feel. Vertical Côtes de Genève on the main bridge and a ruthenium finish on all of them complete the almost all-black look. A little hint of red on the small seconds dial also picked up on the fine adjustment provides a welcomed sporty touch.
Since Maurice Lacroix is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, the Manufacture also unveiled a commemorative edition limited to just 40 pieces. This Masterpiece Gravity 40th Anniversary is undoubtedly special enough to spectacularly celebrate this occasion.
First of all, the Masterpiece Gravity 40th Anniversary presents an eye-catching case crafted in Powerlite alloy with a unique grey colour obtained by an anodizing process. Incredible robust, durable and light, this material is perfectly adapted for a watch’s case and clearly highlights the brand’s dedication to technical progress. In addition to providing a nice contrasting touch, the deep blue lacquer of the two sub-dials also reminds of Maurice Lacroix’s attachment to the use of colours. Encircled with rhodium-plated minute tracks they also feature rhodium screws and hands for harmony. Rhodium is also the finish selected for the four small bridges on the right-hand side of the dial while a stunning grey frosted finish was retained for the main bridge of this watch mounted on black alligator.
With now a total of 5 renditions since its launch in 2014, the “Masterpiece Gravity” has brilliantly shown how versatile a timepiece it can be and the brand made it clear they add the imagination and taste to offer wonderful takes on this technologically-packed model. Although I can say in all honesty that I truly like the five versions presented so far, my personal favourite is clearly the Masterpiece Gravity 40th Anniversary. If it is yours too, you should probably hurry to book your watch: considering how fast the 250-piece limited editions are selling out, it is safe to say that the 40 units of the 40th Anniversary model will not stay in the retailer’s windows for very long!
For more information please visit the Maurice Lacroix web site.