Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse Limited Edition

Spearheading the Maurice Lacroix Manufacture, the Masterpiece collection strikes a clever balance between technology, tradition and modernist esthetics. It represents the brand’s expertise and, in particular, its mastery of retrograde complications, moon phases and chronographs, while creating a new image for the measurement of time.

The timepieces of this flagship collection meet the highest standards of mechanical watchmaking set out by renowned Manufactures. The cases, dials and movements attest to the quality of their design and execution down to the minutest detail, which in turn reflects the brand’s rigorous approach to research and development. The esthetics of the Masterpiece Collection has evolved towards a contemporary design inspired by the art of living.

Featuring modern finishes and silhouettes, this collection promotes a new experience of watchmaking that is firmly attuned to today’s world. Combining expertise and daring style, these watches revisit tradition with simple elegance, avoiding pretense and excessive extravagance. Created for modern-day dandies for whom performance and etiquette are everyday necessities, these watches embody the identity of a young brand whose innovative edge has given rise to a solid reputation.

This year, the Masterpiece Collection welcomes a new timepiece: Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse. Driven by the ML215 caliber, a movement entirely designed and developed in-house, it offers a unique interpretation of a skeleton dial, complete with an amazing innovative seconds display that is clearly inspired by the same spirit of creative freedom as the Masterpiece Roue Carrée model. Its powerful design and precise operation firmly entrench this new model in the context of an urban and hedonistic 21st century that appreciates an elegant approach to timekeeping, thus satisfying the expectations of a sophisticated clientele that is ever more demanding.

Launched in 2010, the famous and highly successful Roue Carrée model has already out an innovative way of measuring the passage of time. This year, continuing in the same rich vein of avant-garde creative freedom, Maurice Lacroix unveils the Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse watch. This marks a new first in the history of watchmaking.

This Mystérieuse (Mysterious) timepiece will attract your eyes to admire the gray disk dominating the skeletonized inner workings of the movement. Numerous elements testify to Maurice Lacroix’s supreme know-how, whether it is the impressive seconds’ indication and the skeletonization, or the off-centered hours that are one of the brand’s trademark features. Yet the perplexing seconds indicator remains the most captivating of mysteries.

The mysterious hand marks out a linear reading of the seconds, in alternating horizontal and vertical 15 second cycles. The blued hand turning on its axis, as though in full levitation produces the captivating optical illusion.

The hours are displayed at 2 o’clock and are also indicated by metallic blued hands, while the rest of the dial is skeletonized around the movement bridges, in a striking geometrical style that is very contemporary and available in two versions, coated in either rhodium or ruthenium. These beautifully choreographed actions are driven by the ML215 caliber – a new Maurice Lacroix Manufacture movement and the twelfth to be entirely developed in-house.

The self-winding ML215 mechanical movement is visible through the sapphire-crystal back of the 43 mm diameter steel case. Its finishing automatically places it in an exclusive category of timepieces offered only by the very finest workmanships. The Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse is available in two limited series of 125 pieces each.

Technical details
Case
Stainless steel, Ø 43 mm, satin and polished finishing
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Screwed case back with wide sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 m (5 atm)

Dial
Off-centered hours and minutes display in white lacquer and black print execution with rhodium-plated Arabic numerals
Large seconds display with white background and black/gray print on flat sapphire crystal (anti-reflective coating on both sides)

Hands
Rhodium movement execution:
– Faceted hours and minutes hands with metallic blue coating
– Faceted seconds hand with metallic blue coating and black/gray luminescent coated tips (blue emission)

Ruthenium movement execution:
– Faceted hours and minutes hands with rhodium coating
– Faceted seconds hand with rhodium coating and black/gray luminescent coated tips (blue emission)

Buckle
Rhodium movement execution:
– Folding steel clasp with push buttons
– Satin and polished finishing

Ruthenium movement execution:
– Standard steel buckle with black PVD coating
– Satin and polished finishing

Strap/Bracelet
Genuine crocodile-skinstrap
Available in black (lined with black calfskin, black over-stitching) or brown (lined with brown calfskin, brown over-stitching)

Movement
Automatic manufacture movement ML215
Vibration: 18,000 vibrations per hour, 2.5 Hz
Power reserve: 50 hours
Jewels: 48
Adjustments: 5 positions after full winding and
2 positions after 24 hours
Decoration: Rhodium or ruthenium coated bridges, with sandblast finishing and diamond cut edges on main bridge. Côte de Genève (straight stripes) on rotor.

Functions
Hours and minutes indicated by off-centered hands at 2 o’clock
“Mysterious” seconds display at 6 o’clock

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