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WOTY2013: Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse


In November WatchPro unveiled its Watches of the Year 2013, made up of 10 winning timepieces and 90 highly commended watches that we felt boasted commercial appeal, innovation and had wowed consumers and retailers alike over the past 12 months.

Highly commended for the WatchPro Innovative Watch of the Year 2013 was the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse.

We were spellbound by this watch when we first got our hands on it in Basel. Maurice Lacroix’s Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse is a visual feast and aptly named, immediately drawing the eye to a blue second hand floating mysteriously on a grey disc that dominates the skeletonised inner workings of the movement.


The hand moves on its own axis across the disc in alternating horizontal and vertical 15-second cycles, creating an optical illusion.

Staying true to the name of the watch, Maurice Lacroix has remained relatively hushed about the specific mechanics behind the illusion.

The watch is driven by the brand’s own ML215 calibre, which is its 12th to have been designed and developed in house and is visible through the sapphire-crystal back of the 43mm diameter steel case.

This piece demonstrates what the experts at Maurice Lacroix are truly capable of and to say we are impressed is an understatement.


To read a digital version of the WatchPro Watches of the Year 2013 edition click here.



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