Maurice Lacroix Pontos Day-Date 41mm Bronze
The Maurice Lacroix Pontos Day-Date 41mm Bronze is a new addition to the brand’s collection. It upholds the model’s classical styling, but is housed in a contemporary bronze case and is endowed with a gorgeous green dial. Once again, the brand from Saignelégier has delivered a handsome watch with an impressive quality-price ratio.
This year, Maurice Lacroix is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Pontos model. Recently, the Swiss brand introduced two new additions to the Pontos Chronograph, both available on either a 3-rows bracelet or colour coordinating calfskin strap. The Pontos Chronograph Monpusher is a wholly new model, presented in stealthy tones and yet, there remains a strong likeness to the existing Pontos models.
Maurice Lacroix has now revisited the Pontos Day-Date, releasing two new versions. The first version has a silver sunray dial paired with golden hands and indexes and, once again, is available on a choice of 3-rows bracelet or strap. The second new addition is the Maurice Lacroix Pontos Day-Date 41mm Bronze.
While the Pontos Day-Date received an update in 2017, changes over the years have always been subtle and the strategy has always been ‘evolution’ rather than ‘revolution’. While this model is applicable to the present day, it also exhibits a charming classical appearance. This approach is beneficial to the customer who can sleep easy knowing the styling of their chosen watch has longevity. Indeed, the last 20 years stand testament to this.
However, even with its classical models, the Jura-based watch company has sought to innovate and excite watch collectors with new materials and colours. The aforementioned Pontos Day-Date 41mm Bronze looks new, fresh and on-trend and yet it is reassuringly familiar. It is this model I have chosen to focus upon herein.
The rose gold plated hour and minute hands have a broad profile and are lined with white Super-LumiNova. They are facetted and feature truncated tips. The central sweep seconds hand is also rose gold plated, augmenting cohesion. In contrast, the indexes, which are isosceles trapezoids, are presented in a silvery tone. This unusual blend of hues confers interest and is the first of several smile-inducing details found on this model. The brand’s M logo, again rose gold plated, is positioned at noon.
A function of fast-paced modern-day life is that we are invariably short of time and overwhelmed with information. The Maurice Lacroix Pontos Day-Date 41mm Bronze reminds me of a film producer with outstretched hands, framing a scene. The two dial apertures draw the eye to the vital information, the day and the date, at the exclusion of distracting, superfluous details. While some brands choose to position the day and date apertures adjacent the crown and in abbreviated form, the indications on this model are presented in full and have more room to breathe.
A reoccurring theme with this watch is the plethora of judiciously applied elements. These soupçons of detail enhance the sense of quality and overall wearer enjoyment without marring intelligibility. For example, a minute track frames the central dial area, facilitating read-off, however, it is recessed, introducing differing dial depths. This sunken appearance extends to the trapezoidal section at 6 o’clock and a similar recessed section below noon. The luxury marque could have saved a few Swiss francs by employing a flat dial, however, it has chosen to incur additional expense for the benefit of its customers.
While the dial is festooned with delightful details, it is its green hue which steels the show. Green is very popular at the moment and this particular shade is gorgeous. Furthermore, the dial is sunray brushed and bead-blasted, enriching its overall appearance.
Measuring 41mm in diameter, the case of this model should suit a broad array of wrist sizes. The case has a thickness of 11mm, hence doesn’t feel unwieldy.
The crown features an interesting grip which resembles perpendicular lines that have been subsequently twisted. This proves not only attractive but also facilitates manipulation. The crown is partially recessed within an arcing crown protector.
Bronze cases have been available for some time, however, initial examples were the preserve of much costlier watches. Maurice Lacroix has since democratised bronze watches. Initially, the brand employed the material on some of its Aikon models and these have proved hugely successful.
While the Aikon has a sporty appearance, making it an obvious candidate for bronze, the Pontos is more classical and, to be honest, it would not have been the most obvious choice for a bronze case. Nevertheless, the bronze works beautifully and coalesces with the rest of the model, delivering a harmonious composition.
One of the strengths of Maurice Lacroix is that it repeatedly delivers ‘high perceived value’. On several of its models, the Swiss firm has positioned polished and satin brushed surfaces in close proximity. In order to keep both types of finish discrete, with clear and crisp delineation, additional time is needed, inevitably increasing cost. For example, look closely at the bezel, the upper surface is highly polished and yet the sides are satin brushed, free of any wayward lines or human error.
The lugs are one of the most interesting aspects of the case. They are stepped with the outer edge sitting lower than the inner section. While the upper surface of the inner section is satin brushed, the sides are highly polished. The outer edge reverses this treatment featuring polished upper surfaces and satin brushed flanks. It is tiny details such as these which potentially bestow years of ownership delight. Considering the modest price of this watch, this Pontos feels reassuringly expensive.
The Maurice Lacroix Pontos Day-Date 41mm Bronze is presented on a brown calfskin strap paired with a stainless steel butterfly buckle. The brand’s M logo graces the strap, adding a further touch of gleam to the composition.
Bronze can provoke a skin reaction in those individuals who suffer a nickel allergy, however, Maurice Lacroix has fitted a stainless steel caseback to the watch, mitigating the risk of any adverse skin reaction. The caseback also features a pane of sapphire crystal affording views of the self-winding movement.
At the heart of the Pontos Day-Date 41mm Bronze is the automatic Calibre ML143, based on the Sellita SW 220. The balance has a frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz) and the movement contains 26 jewels and will run autonomously for 38 hours.
The movement is embellished with circular graining and sailing, while the rotor is decorated with vertical Côtes de Genève and is sunray brushed.
The Maurice Lacroix Pontos Day-Date 41mm Bronze shares a close likeness to other Pontos Day-Date models and yet the bronze case and green dial imbue this contemporary and on-trend model with its own unique character. Historically the Pontos has always been classical and timeless, however, the bronze case and green dial provide an interesting twist on the existing theme.
Close examination of the dial reveals numerous details such as golden hands conversing with silver-toned indexes. The pairing may not sound ideal, but in reality the contrasting tones work well. The recessed minute track and the sunken dial areas at 6 o’clock and noon masterfully play with different dial depths, augmenting the model’s aesthetic allure. And yet, despite these details, somehow nothing detracts from the various indications. The design of this timepiece is wonderfully considered.
Despite its modest asking price of £1690 (RRP as at 20.10.2020), there is a palpable sense of quality and refinement. The Swiss firm could have removed a few currants from the scone and pocketed the savings, but it has chosen to uphold its standards and deliver an impressive watch for a remarkably affordable sum. As mentioned earlier, the brand describes this as delivering ‘high perceived value’ and certainly, based on everything I have seen, it seems to have fulfilled this remit admirably.
- Model: Maurice Lacroix Pontos Day-Date 41mm Bronze
- Reference: PT6358-BRZ01-63E-3
- Case: Bronze; diameter 41 mm; height 11 mm; water resistance 10 ATM (100 metres); sapphire crystal to front and exhibition caseback
- Functions: Hours; minutes; central sweep seconds; date; day
- Movement: Automatic Calibre ML143 / Sellita SW 220 movement; self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); 26 jewels; power reserve 38 hours
- Strap: Brown calf leather strap with butterfly buckle in stainless steel
- Price: £1690 (RRP as at 20.10.2020)