Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Extreme

The Pontos collection brilliantly combines Swiss watchmaking traditions and technical mastery with modern design. It gives contemporary shape to the passage of time, furnishing the mechanical precision it deserves.

The very epitome of rigorous expertise, the timepieces in this thoroughbred collection evoke a quest for artistic perfection, underpinned by contemporary refinement. Pontos time passes in a world of clean lines, firmly embedded in the twenty-first century. Its bold architectonic character emerges at first glance. Its mechanical heart lends substance and character. Dedicated to lovers of uncompromising watchmaking, the collection masterfully combines rigor and creativity. Seen as a whole, it perfectly symbolizes the aspiration of a brand for which technical innovation and artistic performance go hand in hand.

When traditional watchmaking is combined with high-tech solutions and materials, time takes on a whole new dimension. The brand new model Pontos S Extreme impresses from the very first glance. With its assured, self-confident, masculine look and sporty image, it is available in three different colors. Its automatic three-counter chronograph mechanism follows the rhythm of the oscillations of its ML112 caliber. Propelled into the innovative and high-tech world of fine watchmaking by its technical features, the special alloy used for these Maurice Lacroix timepieces reinforces the durability and makes the watches light weight.

POWERLITE®, exclusive to Maurice Lacroix, the material from which the Postos S Extreme watch case (both bezel and case middle) is made is an alloy of five elements: aluminum, magnesium, titanium, zirconium and ceramic. The crown and the push-buttons are made exclusively of titanium. The robustness, durability and also the light weight of this timepiece are irreproachable.

Two models are available in blue or khaki through the anodization process. A treatment used on metal surfaces tried and tested in the automotive industry, as well as aeronautics and architecture, anodization is an electrolytic chemical process through which color pigments are inserted directly into the pores of the material concerned. When modified in this way the structure of the metal is reinforced.

The Pontos S Extreme in black (limited edition of 999 pieces) has a vibrant, sporty elegance that is strikingly contemporary. Designed by Henrik Fisker, who created many of the most emblematic BMW and Aston Martin cars, it embodies the power and determination of instruments that are authentic, mechanically irreproachable and envied by all.

Another distinguishing feature of the Pontos S Extreme is a patent-pending mechanism which regulates time duration through the crown: linked to the chronograph’s push-button, the mechanism activates a rotating bezel located inside the watch case to protect it from unintentional movement. The three counters occupy their positions on the dial in well-balanced harmony.

Ensuring perfect readability, the black sand-blasted dial is enhanced by hands, applied indexes and a rotating bezel that are all highlighted with luminescent material. A NATO strap adds the final touch to a watch whose strong character is matched only by its exceptional energy.

Technical details
Model:

Case
New POWERLITE® alloy case, sandblasted, with titanium case back
Ø 43 mm diameter
Available in black, khaki and racing blue
Integrated pushers and tube in titanium
Screwed crown in titanium water resistant 20 atm
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Case-back with titanium screws

Dial
Black sun-brushed, snail counters
Diamond cut, faceted, applied indexes, luminescent coating
Diamond cut, polished applied counters

Hands
All hands diamond cut, faceted, luminescent coating (beside sec. hand)
Second and Minute hand matching color with inner rotating bezel and elapse time controller crown system

Strap/Bracelet
Genuine leather strap with contrasting stitching
NATO strap, light, comfortable, sporty with personalized standard buckle in titanium
Buckle:  Stainless steel black PVD coated or titanium standard buckle to match case finish

Movement
Personalized Valjoux 7750 caliber, with guaranteed quality and precision
Self-winding caliber ML112 based on the Valjoux 7750 movement
Vibration: 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz
Power reserve: 46 hours
Jewels: 25
Adjustments: 3 positions when fully wound and after 24 hours.
Decoration: rhodium-plated movement

Functions
Hours, Minutes, Seconds indicated by central hands
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph seconds indicated by a central hand
30-minute chronograph counter at 12 o’clock
12-minute chronograph counter at 6 o’clock
Date indicated in an aperture at 6 o’clock

Edition
Black: Henrik Fisker limited Edition of 999 pieces
Khaki: non-limited edition
Blue: non-limited edition

About POWERLITE® Alloy
With a strong and unique expertise, technology and a blend of traditional and contemporary aesthetics, the Maurice Lacroix Manufacture relies on its’ solid fundamentals to invent the future of watchmaking and explore paths never imagined before. Maurice Lacroix proves once again that it is a creator of avant-garde timepieces, and the discovery of new technical solutions is an integral part of this process. For instance, Maurice Lacroix has consistently pushed the boundaries of feasibility, both in terms of mechanics and materials.

Exclusive to the Maurice Lacroix Manufacture, the POWERLITE®material is an alloy of the following five elements: aluminum, magnesium, titanium, zirconium and ceramic. Of course, each of these elements taken alone has its own qualities, but inevitably also certain weaknesses.

By combining these elements, the Maurice Lacroix Manufacture has obtained materials with unique properties, where the weak elements cancel each other to only keep the sought after properties. The new POWERLITE® material turns out to be twice as light as steel, whilst still achieving the great feat of being twice as strong.

Aesthetically, the new POWERLITE® alloy,  responds much better than other aluminum based alloys to a surface treatment process called anodization; a well-known process in the automotive, aviation and architectural industries. On the one hand, this treatment penetrates the objects up to a depth of 25 microns, allowing the introduction of colour pigments within this area. Therefore the materiel can be produced in a large range of colours. In comparison, the well-known PVD treatment which is traditionally used for the colouring of watch surfaces only penetrates up to a depth of 10 microns. Dyed up to 25 microns deep, the watches produced using POWERLITE®, are much scratch resistant.  On the other hand, the percentage of the aluminum alloy component within POWERLITE® oxidizes at the same depth. Its’ structure is therefore changed and it turns into a ceramic. The strength of the object is thus greatly enhanced.

Through the development and the usage of this revolutionary alloy, the Maurice Lacroix Manufacture demonstrates yet again its strong pioneering and innovative spirit within the very competitive watch industry.

The first practical application of this exceptional new material developed by the Maurice Lacroix Manufacture was launched at Basel world 2013 with the model Pontos S Extreme: the case, bezel and middle are made using POWERLITE®. The crown and pushers are in turn, cut from titanium.

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