The prestigious watchmaker extended its number one sport collection with two new Pontos Chronographe watches. One designed in line with the brand’s authentic contemporary style and another one showing the everlasting lure of vintage men’s sport chronographs, both timepieces represent a successful joint of the aesthetic perfection and high-end performances. We are eagerly waiting to see them up close at the Baselworld 2013 watch show.
The new contemporary version of the Pontos Chronographe Automatique watch immediately struck the attention with its beautiful gray sun-burst dial, whose attractive 3-D effect comes from the delicate composition of snail chronograph counters, applied pink gold-plated hour markers and the outer flange with the minute track. This stylish interface is then rounded up with a thin bezel, either made of polished stainless steel or 18 karat pink gold. Maurice Lacroix smartly integrated a coin edged crown into the case, preserving its shape perfectly round.
The case of the new Pontos Chronograph has the diameter of 43mm, which seems like the ideal size for a modern sport watch. It is covered on both sides with anti-reflective sapphire crystal that reveals a ML112 Caliber self-winding mechanism on the back. Based on a Valjoux 7750 caliber which is renowned by its accuracy and durability, this rhodium-plated and circular-grained chronograph movement is decorated manually with Côtes de Genève. It oscillates at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), up to 46 hours when it is fully wound and provides a full set of performances.
At the 12 o’clock position, there is a 30-minute chronograph counter. The 12 hour counter takes the 6 o’clock, along with the date window, while the small seconds sub-dial is located at the 9 o’clock position. Besides these functions, the vintage Pontos Chronograph also features the tachymeter scale for counting speed according to distance. Marked in blue and red, it is positioned on the dial, between applied hour markers and the minute scale.
The dial of the vintage version is either black or white lacquered, combined with contrasting white or black counters. Along with the implementation of the tachymeter scale and the use of red and blue (also notice the blue chrono second hand with the red tip), this model is distinct when compared to the more elegant, contemporary version by its striking chronograph pushers and the prominent crown.
Besides, it is available either with a black or brown calfskin strap, decorated with the matching stitching. The contemporary version of the new Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronograph is available with a black or brown crocodile-skin strap. Besides, there is a version with a matching stainless steel bracelet, as well as a version with a pink gold-plated steel bracelet.