Tuesday, March 5, 2013

BaselWorld Preview - Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse

Another preview from Maurice Lacroix -
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Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse

In 2010 Maurice Lacroix made a statement about his vision of time by launching the famous Roue Carrée
model, which, following widespread public acclaim, has expanded into several different versions. Offering
much more than just its esthetic appeal, this watch has marked out an innovative way of measuring the
passage of time. This year, continuing in the same rich vein of avant-garde creative freedom, the Swiss based brand, is pleased to present its Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse watch. This marks a new first
in the history of watchmaking.

Awe-inspiring Captivating Unexpected This timepiece is aptly named: Mystérieuse (Mysterious) inspires
and intrigues. Its certainly hard to take your eyes away from the gray disk dominating the skeletonized
inner workings of the movement. Numerous elements testify to Maurice Lacroix's supreme know-how,
whether it be the impressive seconds indication and the skeletonization, or the off-centered hours that are
one of the brand's trademark features. Yet the perplexing seconds indicator remains the most captivating
of mysteries. Driven by the ML215 caliber – a new Maurice Lacroix Manufacture movement and the
twelfth to be entirely developed in-house – 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 mechanical mystery behind this impressive feat
remains unsolved.
Courtesy of Maurice Lacroix
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. Its finishing
automatically places it in an exclusive category of timepieces offered only by the very finest workmanship.

The Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse is available in two limited series of 125 pieces each.   CASE Stainless steel, Ø 43 mm, satin and polished finishing Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Screwed case back with wide sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 m (5 atm)

Off-centered hours and minutes display in white lacquer and black print execution with rhodium-plated
Arabic numerals
Large seconds display with white background and black/gray print on flat sapphire crystal
(anti-reflective coating on both sides)

Rhodium movement execution:
– Faceted hours and minutes hands with metallic blue coating
– Faceted seconds hand with metallic blue coating and black/gray luminescent coated tips (blue emission)
Ruthenium movement execution:
– Faceted hours and minutes hands with rhodium coating
– Faceted seconds hand with rhodium coating and black/gray luminescent coated tips (blue emission)

Rhodium movement execution:
– Folding steel clasp with push buttons
– Satin and polished finishing
Ruthenium movement execution:
– Standard steel buckle with black PVD coating
– Satin and polished finishing

Genuine crocodile-skin strap
Available in black (lined with black calfskin, black over-stitching) or brown (lined with brown calfskin,
brown over-stitching)

Automatic manufacture movement ML215
– Hours and minutes indicated by off-centered hands at 2 o’clock
– “Mysterious” seconds display at 6 o’clock
Vibration: 18,000 vibrations per hour, 2.5 Hz
Power reserve: 50 hours
Jewels: 48
Adjustments: 5 positions after full winding and 2 positions after 24 hours
Decoration: Rhodium or ruthenium coated bridges, with sandblast finishing and diamond cut edges on
main bridge. Côte de Genève (straight stripes) on rotor.

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