The essence of the watchmaker's artBASELWORLD 2013: Masterpiece Tradition - classic, elegant, contemporary
Swiss quality and fine watchmaking are terms that perfectly describe the five new contemporary models in the Masterpiece Tradition line, a development of the long-established Masterpiece collection. As watches for the 21st century, they present a classic modernity emphasized by a truly dynamic style.
At the same time, they respect the elegant harmony that characterizes Swiss watchmaking. Their combination of expertise and aesthetic design reflects the values that Maurice Lacroix represents. The five models are offered in different versions, including some in a limited edition.
Masterpiece Tradition 5 Aiguilles
Following the style of the Masterpiece Tradition, the hours, minutes and seconds are indicated by classic hands complemented by a calendar display. However, this model has one different feature: the day and date are not shown digitally in a window set into the dial but by an analog display involving two central hands with a distinctive design. This unusual feature has given the watch its name: the Masterpiece Tradition 5 Hands. Great care has been taken with the decoration of the automatic movement. Traditional circular graining together with Côtes de Genève give it a sparkling brilliance that will delight all watch lovers. The classic Côtes de Genève on the gold-plated oscillating weight can be seen shimmering through the sapphire case back. The model is available with several different dials and external parts, sometimes in a limited edition.
Masterpiece Tradition Phases de Lune
This exceptional model identifies its owners as real connoisseurs who do not waste their precious time on an ordinary wristwatch. The moon phase is not simply a technical display, it also appeals to the emotional dimension associated with the Earth's satellite. Its physical influences on our planet have been demonstrated, and its different phases are sometimes believed to affect our daily lives. Some people make decisions depending on whether the moon is new, full, waxing or waning. But unfortunately, the moon is rarely visible during the day. Maurice Lacroix addressed this problem in the 1980s by pioneering moon phase indication at a time when mechanical watches were regaining popularity. In addition to displaying the moon phase at 6 o'clock, this wonderful model also shows the day of the week and the month at 12 o'clock, while a central hand indicates the date. The precision of the displays is ensured by the caliber ML 37, a superb rhodium-coated automatic movement. Its circular graining and Côtes de Genève decoration is visible through the sapphire case back, as is the oscillating weight, also decorated with Côtes de Genève.
Masterpiece Tradition Reserve de Marche
As its name suggests, this model possesses a practical power-reserve display as part of a classic, elegant design in the style of the Masterpiece Tradition collection: simple yet highly appealing. Ideally located at 7 o'clock, a small hand indicates the energy remaining in the automatic movement, the caliber ML 113, that is meticulously decorated by hand. While an automatic movement with a power-reserve indicator may seem like a contradiction, this combination proves to be a wise choice for daily use. If this jewel of watchmaking remains immobile for a certain length of time, the owner can instantly see how much longer it will run and wind it at a given moment to ensure that it continues to indicate the time. The watch also displays the date at 3 o'clock and the hours, minutes and seconds with central hands. The sapphire case back gives a clear view of the rhodium-plated movement with its circular graining and Côtes de Genève decoration, as well as the gold-plated oscillating weight also engraved with Côtes de Genève. This model with its noble simplicity is available in four versions that will appeal to all who know that an exceptional design has no need for embellishments.
Masterpiece Tradition Date GMT
It is the small details that produce the consistency and harmony of this watch. Its exceptional design and mechanical perfection give it a unique personality. The model combines a simple, timeless design with a mechanical movement of the highest quality. Its steel case, 40 mm in diameter without fittings, forms a perfect unit with the different versions of the dial. The hour markers and hands vary from one version to another, ranging from metallic blue to rhodium-plated finishes or pink gold. This model enhances the Masterpiece Tradition collection with additional modern functions such as a large date at 12 o'clock and a second time zone at 6 o'clock, on a dial that is mirror-lacquered or carefully brushed to create a sunray effect. An appealing choice for all contemporary men with a sense of style. Maurice Lacroix has increased the exclusivity of the watch even further by fitting it with a sapphire crystal case back. This gives an uninterrupted view of the superb circular graining and Côtes de Genève decoration of the automatic movement.
Masterpiece Tradition Petite Seconde
The eminently classic appeal of this prestigious watch is heightened by a small, almost sporty, seconds counter. Its Roman numerals are designed with an elegance and simplicity that fully satisfy the criteria of aesthetic perfection. This generously proportioned small seconds counter located at 6 o'clock is an attractive focal point that confirms the owner's sense of style. The Masterpiece Tradition Small Second is produced in a limited edition of 88 pieces with an 18 K pink gold case, as well as an unlimited edition with a steel case, both offering a choice of several dials. Great attention has been given to the decoration of the movement with the refinement of its circular graining and its Côtes de Genève clearly visible through the sapphire case back. With its simplicity and Swiss quality, this model will delight all connoisseurs who love exclusivity.