Driven by movements which are entirely created and developed in-house, the Masterpiece Squelette watch design strikes 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.
The emphasis on the contemporary spirit of the new Masterpiece Squelette serves to highlight traditional watchmaking expertise and the application here of one of its most delicate techniques. The skeletonization of a movement is a painstaking operation that requires a very highest level of precision and dexterity from the craftsmen.
The new Maurice Lacroix timepieces pay a vibrant tribute to the heritage of traditional watchmaking while creating a new identity for the skeleton watch and giving it a modern flair. The collection, which had already established its credentials in 2007 thanks to the avant-garde watch designs, is inspired by the latest technological innovations.
The anatomy of the ML134 skeleton movement is proudly showcased through the sapphire crystal case back. Its components are manufactured and skeletonized with special care and attention, and each component is individually polished. The bridges and disks and the wheels and pinions of the mechanism are thus on full view, perfectly finished down to the smallest detail.
With its almost sporty appeal, the Masterpiece Squelette opts for minimalist finish, revealing its bold esthetic. The bridges are treated with tantalum or gold colored PVD, coated with a satin finish that highlights their structured harmony and balance.
Model: Masterpiece Squelette
Stainless steel, Ø 43 mm, satin and polished finish
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Screwed case back with wide sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 50 m (5 atm)
Stamped hours and minutes hands with luminescent coating (blue emission)
Rhodium or black colored
Genuine crocodile-skin strap, available in black (lined with black calfskin, black over-stitching) or brown (lined with brown calfskin, brown over-stitching)
Folding steel clasp with push buttons
Satin and polished finish
Mechanical, manually-wound caliber ML134
Vibration: 18,000 vibrations per hour, 2.5 Hz
Power reserve: 45 hours
Adjustments: 5 positions when fully wound and 2 after 24 hours
Decoration: Grand colimaçon and sandblast on main bridge, in black or pink gold execution
Hours, Minutes, Seconds indicated by central hands
Small seconds through hand at 9 o’clock