Announced last year and finally revealed at the Baselworld 2013, Lady Lacroix is the first women’s timekeeper in the collection. Equipped with Cecil Purnell CP-V11 tourbillon caliber, the latest watch from the Lacroix series displays a more refine and subtler interpretation of the model, which is more suited for the fairer sex. Its boldly shaped red gold case with an openwork dial is combined with a translucent emerald colored enameled face.
The one of two Cecil Purnell novelties displayed in Basel (the other being a new regulator timepiece) is an entirely new interpretation of the flagship Lacroix watch. This time, its distinguished hand-wound CP-V11 tourbillon caliber is not flaunted on the front side. The tourbillon is placed inside an impressive looking package that includes high-grade materials, such as gold and sapphire, as well as elaborate beautifications, such as its openworked dial combined with enameled green sections. Placed inside the characteristically shaped housing of the Lacroix series, the new ladies’ model takes it up a notch by combining its irregular shape with stylish and refined visual motifs. The golden sections on the face are styled in the shape of a four-leaf clover and placed over a lovely translucent emerald-colored enamel dial. Moreover, Lady Lacroix has blued leaf-shaped skeleton hour and minute hands.
As it has been noted, inside the watch beats in-house CP-V11 caliber which runs on the frequency of 21,600 vph. Once fully wound by hand, the caliber provides a solid power reserve of around 60 hours. It is placed in a 18 K red gold Lacroix case which is presented in smaller dimensions than the usual Lacroix model, though unfortunately, it is still unknown what the exact measures are. One of the interesting traits of the model and its entire lineage is the peculiar profile of the case which includes a crown with the brand’s logo placed between two carefully crafted protective panels. The lovely green face of the Cecil Purnell novelty is guarded by sapphire crystal, while the wristlet of choice is a green alligator leather strap, made in the shade that matches the amazing emerald dial of the timekeeper.
As it is usual with Cecil Purnell’s in-house tourbillons, the annual production of the first women’s timekeeper from the Lacroix series will be restricted to 50 copies. Its exclusivity is further enhanced by the fact that it is a premier ladies’ watch from the series. It likewise has an additional doze of discrete charm. Though presented in a lavish package that combines an enamelled dial with intricate golden motifs, the watch also includes a superb tourbillon movement that is not visible at first glance.