Friday, November 4, 2016

A Real Timekeeper

From Maurice Lacroix -

Courtesy of Maurice Lacroix
Some things just catch your eye, and this little bijoux from Maurice Lacroix ticks a lot of boxes in the "sensory stimulation" department.

Little known Henki family factoid for you.  Apart from his Mido (now residing with my nieces), the old man also had a Maurice Lacroix.  It was gold plated, quartz, roman numerals.  He loved that thing.  Wore it nearly to death as the strap was just hanging in there when he popped his clogs.  It went to me first, but as my sister didn't have anything to remember him by, I thought it might be more appropriate to go to her.  A lot of mixed feelings about that watch as it was a gift to him from his second wife who was, and remains, not exactly liked by any of my father's children.  It could have been worse, as along with the other family heirlooms it could have been dispatched to the four corners of hillbilly hollow to my stepmother's grasping, inbred relatives, or deposited at a local pawn shop.  His wife was always sentimental that way.

But despite his faults, the old man had some good qualities as well, and if he were still around, this is probably the watch I'd pick for him.

Here are the pertinents, straight from the source -


- Ø 40 mm, Stainless steel case
- Finishing combining polished and brushed surfaces
- Domed sapphire crystal with one side anti-reflective coating
- Water-resistant to 30 m / 3 atm
- Silver opalin dial with rhodied or 4N gold plated indexes and logo, black printings.
- Silver 6:00–12:00 brushed center and minutery and snailed hours with rhodied or 4N gold plated arabic indexes and logo, black printings.
- For silver/rhodium dial, dots in blue. For silver/4N dial, rhodied dots and black and blue printings.
- Black gold 6:00–12:00 brushed center and minutery and snailed hours with 4N gold plated arabic indexes and logo, black and white printings.
- Rhodium or 4N gold plated hands. Diamond-cut faceted hours and minutes hands.
- For the silver snailed dial, GS in blue.
- Genuine crocodile imitation strap
- Metal bracelet
- Stainless steel buckle on both straps provided
- Functions:
   – Hours, minutes, seconds indicated by central hands
   – Date indicated in an aperture at 3 o’clock
VIBRATION:                28800 alt/h, 4 Hz
POWER RESERVE:   38 hours
JEWELS:                     26
ADJUSTMENTS:         3 positions after full winding and after 24 hours
DECORATION:           rhodium – plated movement

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