Maurice Lacroix has embarked on a new chapter in the history of its AIKON collection.
In taking inspiration from the flagship collection, the new AIKON Master Grand Date reveals a new movement and design.
Presented in a 45mm steel case, designers say the size perfectly fuses the spirit of mechanical watchmaking of the Masterpiece collection and the iconic AIKON style.
In doing so, the matte AIKON steel case welcomes the ML331 calibre, a newcomer in Maurice Lacroix’ s collection of manufacture movements.
It offers a clear view of its balance wheel, visible through a large skeleton opening, and features a large date display with double window.
This calibre represents a complete watchmaking development based on Maurice Lacroix’s self-winding manufacture movement.
By creating an offset display, a skeleton opening on the balance wheel and adding a large date display, the ML331 takes on a new identity.
It features a large, rounded, skeletonised balance bridge at 8 o’clock which floats between the glass and sapphire crystal case back, revealing the AIKON Master Grand Date’s regulating system.
Its background will be intermittently obscured by the passage of the open-worked, brushed and snailed rotor.
Just above it, at 10 o’clock, Maurice Lacroix has placed a unique double-window large date module.
Finally, the small off-centre seconds hand is also open at 4 o’clock, and it is suspended above a well that reveals the ML331calibre.
By playing with the finishes, the AIKON Master Grand Date acquires a new level of contrast and legibility, claims the brand.
The off-centred Clous de Paris hours and minutes dial, the grained dial plate and the Cordura bracelet feature a deep, matte and elegant shade of blue.
The dials’ bezels, the large applied date window and the small seconds are satin-finished, matching the polished chamfers of the 45 mm steel case, as well as the links of the integrated metal bracelet unique to AIKON.
Maurice Lacroix has also revisited one of AIKON’s distinctive features by giving the date window the same shape as the bezel’s arms.
While respecting the AIKON codes in the complex yet symmetrical layout, Maurice Lacroix creates a new visual balance and allows Maurice Lacroix to take the AIKON to a new dimension.
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