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Les Classiques CollectionMaurice Lacroix

BASELNEWS 2011Simple Complexity: Maurice Lacroix Chronographe Phases de lune

And if performance were dependent on clarity and simplicity? Proof of this lies in this new Les Classiques Collection chronograph. This watch measures short periods of time with relentless rationale. Traditional in style, the three counters fit naturally together to better accommodate a train of complications, 24-hour time and moon phase indications, and date, day and month displays.

Powered by the ML 154 caliber, the timepiece guarantees reliability and precision. The care taken in the automatic self-winding mechanism is echoed on the dial: although numerous, the time indicators are thoroughly practical in nature, with no superfluous aesthetic touches.

Water-resistant to 30 meters, the 41 mm-diameter stainless steel or twin-color case with an 18-carat yellow-gold bezel comes with a choice of three dials, namely traditional silver-plated, more contemporary black and classic silver with gold-plated hour-markers. The hours and minutes hands are coated with Superluminova to make it easy to read the time in the dark. The 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters are located at 12 and 6 o’clock respectively, with the lunation indicator also at 6 o’clock. The small seconds and 24-hour indications are located at 9 o’clock, while the date and chronograph trotteuse hands are located centrally. The month and day displays, in two windows side by side at 12 o’clock, complete the picture. A rapid corrector located at 10 o’clock enables automatic weekday adjustment. The perfect balance of this timepiece is redolent of those classic, historic watches where harmony is the key word. The moon-phase chronograph comes with either a leather strap or a metal bracelet.

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