By creating Pontos Décentrique Phases de Lune watch, the renowned Swiss watchmaker presented a new contemporary way of indicating one of the most interesting horological complications. New Maurice Lacroix’s model is a remarkable reinterpretation of the 2010 model and comes in two stylish versions – with dials in black or rhodium colors, both marked by striking sun-burst finishes. With its perfectly arranged dial, consisted of elegantly off-centered time display and an innovative moon-phase indicator, this novelty gives a clear explanation why I have selected Maurice Lacroix among the very best manufacturers of men’s elegant timepieces.
The robust size of a case reveals the contemporary nature of the model. It is made of stainless steel and has the diameter of 43 mm. It includes prominent lugs, a quick moon-phase corrector at the 2 o’clock position, as well as a nice looking fluted crown. Polished and satin surfaces on the case are not the only finishes that testify about the exquisite work of the Swiss brand’s craftsmen. The most impressive is the sun-brushed finish on the dial that beautifully radiates from the center toward the outer rim.
The off-centered disc that indicates hours, minutes and seconds gives the interface a new dimension. It features applied Arabic numerals and the brand’s logo. This disc is surrounded by long, slim applied indexes which are there only because of aesthetical reason, leaving the illusion that the time-telling dial is still on its usual position. All indicators and diamond-cut faceted hands are covered with white SuperLuminova C1 (with blue glow in the dark). At the 6 o’clock position, there is an interesting date window, designed to make the impression of deepness.
The highlight of this amazing dial is the moon-phase indicator, visible through the ‘half-moon like’ aperture at the 3 o’clock position. It reveals two superposed discs: one in metallized sapphire crystal that showcases phases and age of the moon, and the other one is placed underneath to indicate day or night.
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating covers both sides of the case, which means that it provides a clear look on a ML 122-10 Caliber self-winding movement that comprises 34 jewels. This rhodium-plated movement is decorated by circular graining and Côtes de Genève. It oscillates at the frequency of 28,800 beats per hour and ensures the power-reserve of 38 hours.
Both Maurice Lacroix Pontos Decentrique Phase de Lune watches are available with elegant black calf leather straps with stainless steel buckles. Watches are water-resistant up to 50 meters.