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Elegant look!Maurice Lacroix

Own philosophy of timeBASELWORLD 2011 Preview: The new Pontos Décentrique Phases de Lune

Clearly contemporary and decidedly distinguished, the Pontos Décentrique Phases de Lune timepiece sets aside traditional principles to create its own philosophy of time. A representation of time that is not without surprises, that toys with displays without ever compromising legibility. A structured image of time that conceals an exemplary rigor behind its originality.

From the outset, the Pontos range expresses its desire to desert well trodden paths in favour of blazing its own trail. With the off-center layout as a distinctive feature, it breaks free from accepted standards and established practice with great elegance and refinement. Faithful to these principles, the new moon-phase timepiece reinterprets in its turn one of the most beautiful horological complications. A worthy descendant of the 2010 off-center moon-phase model, it has a 43 mm stainless steel case and a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coatings on both sides to enhance the functions of its self-winding mechanism, the ML 122 caliber.

This piece is undeniably beautifully balanced. And yet, with the off-center displays, the eye finds none of its usual reference points. Hours and minutes are located at 10 o’clock in a disc with long, slim applied indexes. Following the round shape of the dial, they radiate majestically out into the face. The date appears through an aperture located at 6 o’clock, while at 4 o’clock the moon-phase indicator performs its elegant waltz. Two superposed discs lead the dance: one in metallized sapphire crystal reveals the phases and age of the moon; the other, lying underneath, indicates day or night.

The black dial displays information plainly and clearly. The slim diamond-studded markers and luminescent-tipped hands create a striking contrast with its sun-brushed satin texture. A rhodium-dial version accentuates the interplay of light and gives the watch a more classically elegant look.