Swiss luxury watchmaker Maurice Lacroix recently launched a new model for its Masterpiece collection, the uniquely appealing Gravity.
Buoyed by a formidable capacity to view the world from a different perspective, Maurice Lacroix loves defying conventions. Its new Masterpiece Gravity is a perfect example of this attitude.
The new timepiece features a large balance wheel on the dial as part of an in-house movement. According to Maurice Lacroix, this is the first watch to be equipped with an oscillator assortment – balance roller, lever and escapement wheel – that is entirely made of silicon. This makes it lighter than metal and does not require lubrication.
The most prominent advantage of this luxury timepiece is that it promises greater accuracy, less maintenance and more resistance to magnetic fields. Watch aficionados may note the Gravity’s visual similarity to the exposed balance wheel and colours on Audemars Piguet’s Jules Audemars Chronometer watch.
Beating at a relatively slow 18,000bph (2.5Hz), the large balance wheel, and the blue silicon escapement lever and wheel are prominently displayed on the face of the Masterpiece Gravity. Also worth noting are the regulation markings on the balance clock, which make it easier to read. The seconds hand and numerals on the sub-dial at 5 o’clock match those on the main dial.
To add a colourful touch to an otherwise elegantly sober watch, a red seconds hand and markings provide a nice bit of accent.
With the simple, yet highly intricate, design, there is nothing accidental or tacky in the appearance of this timepiece. The Masterpiece Gravity is adorned with Clou de Paris and Côtes de Genève Colimaçon patterns, or Grand Calimaçon and Côtes de Genève Colimaçon designs in a second version.
The case comes in a satin-brushed, polished or sandblasted and anthracite PVD-finished stainless steel. As for the dial, it boasts a comfortable 43mm domed sapphire crystal, with anti-reflective coating on both sides.