The Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Roue Carrée Seconde was initially presented in stainless steel. However, this year the same model was launched at Baselworld in pink gold, with a gorgeous rich hue.
I am guilty. As the culmination of my wife’s feverish endeavour in the kitchen concludes, I always embark on a minor task. My long suffering spouse will call out my name, as the piping hot meal is duly served. The usual response is, “Just a second”, as I conclude the job in hand.
Overhearing my wife and her friends in coffee morning mode, chocolate biscuits in hand, bemoaning the faults of their husbands, it would appear I am not alone. It must be a male trait to leave the house and fettle something in the garage, just at the final curtain call of culinary preparation takes place.
“Just a second” is a throw away remark. Perfunctory parlance to purchase a few seconds more time to execute something of little importance. However, in stark contrast there is nothing perfunctory or ordinary about the second display on this timepiece.
The high-end range of models from Maurice Lacroix was further enhanced this year with its Masterpiece Roue Carrée Seconde Pink Gold. This timepiece has a truly original seconds display.
In 2010, Maurice Lacroix first introduced a model with a square gear wheel prominently displayed on the dial. Last year, 2011, the square wheel was used to indicate seconds in a handsome model, the Masterpiece Roue Carrée Seconde presented in stainless steel. However, this year the same model was launched at Baselworld in pink gold, with its rich hue.
Maurice Lacroix must employ some incredible mathematical minds. To conceive a watch with two cogs centre stage, one square and the other clover-shaped, meshing together with perfect intercourse is incredible. Study the profile of teeth of the gear wheels and you will notice that the angle of each is different. The imagination of the creator is incredible, absolutely remarkable. The intercourse between the two gear wheels is spellbindingly intoxicating to observe.
To obsess solely about the seconds display would be to shortchange Maurice Lacroix as this watch has many facets to its character which offer an endearing appeal.
A rich brown dial provides a welcome departure from many timepieces on the market. However, the dial is the upside of the main plate, proffering originality and further differentiating this comely watch. The engineering integrity of this model engages with the avid watch collector.
Close examination of the dial reveals a snailed finish referred to as, “Grand Colimaçon.” This reinforces the luxurious character of the watch.
The hours and power reserve indication are engraved onto the brown main plate, bestowing a permanence that won’t fade with the onset of years. White integers between the hour markings enhance legibility.
The hour and minute hands are gold, lancine-shaped and lined with white luminous coating.
At 3 o’clock the power reserve indicator resides. Engraved strokes form an arc shape. Their increasing length denoting the greater energy stored in the spring barrel.
At 6 o’clock is the novel seconds indicator engaging the eyes with a virtuoso performance which would outshine any diva’s operatic endeavour.
This watch forms part of the prestigious Masterpiece range of Maurice Lacroix and the gold applied logo above the brand’s nomenclature reminds the wearer of this.
Pink gold confers warmth to the wearer. The case diameter of 43mm is in-keeping with the persona of the watch and should reside comfortably on the majority of male wrists.
This watch skilfully dances with light in a courting ritual. Ultraviolet rays interface with the satin and polished surfaces and gleam invitingly. The resultant glow will surely enliven any admiring face.
The crown is knurled, but features an arc like pattern.
A sapphire caseback indulges the fortunate wearer with a view of the hand-wound movement.
The ML 156 was developed in collaboration with the HE-ARC watch-maker engineering school in Le Locle and it’s superbly presented.
The movement is manual wind, manufactured and assembled by Maurice Lacroix. It oscillates at a frequency of 18,000 vph and has a power reserve of 45 hours.
The plate and cock repeat the snailed finish of the dial but this time are rhodiumed coated.
The screwed balance wheel, the swan-neck regulator and the many rubies, 34 in total, all bolster the high-end nature of the watch.
Maurice Lacroix are an informed choice. The wearer of this watch will probably know a significant amount about timepieces and be able to appreciate the depth of its construction and the remarkable ingenuity of its conception.
Just a second? No, this watch is so much more. It harnesses innovative and visionary styling. Accomplished finishing and cultured conception are key traits of this exemplary timepiece.
Model: Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Roue Carrée Seconde Pink Gold
Case: 18-carat pink gold; diameter 43.00 mm; height 14.4mm; water resistant to 5 bar (50 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
Angus is a self-confessed watch addict and is frequently asked to contribute to various printed magazines and websites around the globe. He also writes for individual watch companies on matters of horology and has appeared on television and radio as an industry expert.