Per Maurice Lacroix -
Only Watch, the biennial charity auction of one-off luxury watches, has become a popular platform for those participating brands wishing to give something back to society. Since 2005, this altruistic face of commerce has seen the watch firms collectively raise funds for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Maurice Lacroix, the urban brand from the Swiss Jura, has been a longstanding supporter of Only Watch, donating unique pieces for over a decade.
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The embossed off-centre hour and minutes display is presented in sun-brushed orange, framed with a yellow circlet. Maurice Lacroix has chosen these tones to match the Pantone shades inspired by the Only Watch 2021 theme. The hands and indexes are executed in black and lined with yellow Super-LumiNova, while an openworked small seconds is positioned below. The main area of the dial is the reverse of the mainplate, vertically brushed and suffused with orange PVD.
Part of this model’s charm relates to the openworked area of the dial, revealing the screwed balance, hairspring, pallet lever and escape wheel all in motion. This dynamic characteristic is consistent with the world of motorsport, where each component must collaborate successfully to deliver the desired performance. The curved balance bridge is presented in black DLC and features an open-worked, twin-beam design, affording views of the components below.
A large date display is positioned in the north-westerly region of the dial. Unlike a conventional date display, the ‘Grand Date’ features two discs, one for tens and the other for units. The date values are presented in yellow atop black discs and along with the large format display, confer a highly legible indication.
At the heart of the Maurice Lacroix AIKON Master Grand Date Only Watch 2021 is the automatic ML331 calibre, a Manufacture movement endowed with refined finishing. The movement features 43 jewels and the watch has a power-reserve of 50 hours.