Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Le Chronographe Squelette

Driven by movements which are entirely created and developed in-house, the Masterpiece Le Chronographe Squelette watch designs strike a clever balance between traditional watchmaking skills, esthetics and high-tech craftsmanship to produce a finished object of uncompromising quality. These are truly striking watches. Their powerful design and functional precision firmly entrench them 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.

An unusual design housed within a generously-proportioned case diameter of 45 mm. A skeleton watch that reveals the anatomy of time with its Manufacture movement, the ML106 caliber. The most recent version of the Masterpiece Le Chronographe Squelette commands respect. Its precise mechanics and updated appearance are the cornerstones of an undeniably contemporary collection. Protected by a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on both sides, the manually wound movement is proudly on display. Within this awe-inspiring labyrinth, the workings of the skeletal structure convey a sophisticated, extremely sporty image that is resolutely masculine.

Hypnotized by the movement’s intricacy, the light bounces off the sharp, luminous hours and minutes hands before plunging into the depths of the skeleton. The multi-level effect is accentuated by the snailed architecture of the bottom plate, and the contrast between the black screws and the gemstones. The skeletonized openwork allows for the gears, the escapement, the balance and the column wheel, a feature of all the finest chronographs, to be admired. The counters, including a 60-minute counter, have hands shaped like skeletal disks which resemble the gears of the movement, while the time indicators are applied to the sapphire crystal dial.

The structure of the Chronographe Squelette transforms inorganic matter into a living and exciting mechanism that displays each of its Manufacture-crafted components with pride. Four variations reveal their individual characters, whether classic or sporty, but always unique in their kind. The design of this metallic piece of watchmaking art is an appropriate icon for a brand that has dared to create an elegant yet edgy collection.

Technical details
Model: Masterpiece Le Chronographe Squelette

Case
Stainless steel, Ø 45 mm, satin and polished finish
Screw-down crown in ¼ turn
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Screwed case back with wide sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 100 m (10 atm)

Hands
Stamped hours and minutes hands with luminescent coating (blue emission)
Central chronograph second with luminescent coating (blue emission)
Small seconds and 60-minute counter disc-hands with luminescent coating (blue emission)

Rhodium movement execution:
– All hands black gold plated

Ruthenium movement execution:
– Black gold plated hours, minutes and small seconds hands
– Red colored chronograph central seconds and 60-minute hands

Blue nickel movement execution:
– All hands rhodium plated

Pink gold movement execution:
– All hands pink gold plated except chronograph central seconds in black gold

Dial
Sapphire-crystal dial with metal-coated treatment
Anti-reflective coating on both sides for a clearer view of the skeleton movement
Luminescent spots on counters and second tracks (blue emission)

Strap/Bracelet
Rhodium movement execution:
– Genuine black alligator-skin strap, lined with black calfskin
– Black over-stitching

Ruthenium movement execution:
– Genuine black alligator-skin strap, lined with black calfskin
– Contrasting red over-stitching

Blue nickel movement execution:
– Genuine black alligator-skin strap, lined with black calfskin
– Contrasting blue over-stitching

Pink gold movement execution:
– Genuine black alligator-skin strap, lined with black calfskin
– Brown over-stitching

Buckle
Rhodium, blue nickel and pink gold movement executions:
– Folding steel clasp with push buttons
– Satin and polished finish

Ruthenium movement execution:
– Standard buckle with full black PVD coating.
– Satin and polished finish

Movement
Mechanical, manually-wound caliber ML106
Vibration: 18,000 vibrations per hour, 2.5 Hz
Power reserve: 42 hours
Jewels: 22
Adjustments: 5 positions when fully wound and 2 after 24 hours

Movement Decorations
Hand-decorated bridges plated with rhodium, ruthenium (black), blue nickel or pink gold.
Large snail-like pattern

Functions
Hours, Minutes, Seconds indicated by central hands
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph seconds indicated by a central hand
60-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock

Edition
Limited Edition of 4 x 99 pieces

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