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Maurice Lacroix Aikon Chronograph Skeleton

Maurice Lacroix presents AIKON Chronograph Skeleton, a contemporary and sculptural horology creation that combines the powerful, angular and masculine lines of the AIKON Automatic with one of most iconic movements from the brand.

The skeletonisation of this automatic chronograph enhances the structure of its hands, bezel and push-pieces. By playing on sharp lines, alternating between circles and hexagons, Maurice Lacroix has created a steel piece with a strong watchmaking impact.

The AIKON Chronograph Skeleton features a strong 44 mm diameter case with an elegantly designed thickness. The reduced bezel allows you to admire the movement in its entirety. This uniquely designed bezel also features the six characteristic AIKON arms placed directly on the crystal. This masculine, ultra-sporty and technical chronograph is equipped with a large, serrated and black PVD finished crown and two prominent chronograph push-pieces with a hexagonal base.

The higher the components are on the AIKON Chronograph Skeleton, the clearer they become. The arms and bezel are produced in satin-finished steel. The front of the dial, featuring four hour-markers and counters, is also satin-finished and darker. The grooves of these counters are micro-bead blasted and even darker. The lower levels are occupied by the movement, treated with DLC black gold and highlighted by the lowest layer, which becomes light grey again to create a contrast.

The composition of the bezel, flange and dial create a vortex effect: all the markings are aligned towards the centre of the watch and draw the eyes to it. The black timer engraved on the bezel is extended by the one shown on the sapphire dial, continued by the hour-markers and finalized with the chronograph markings. A blue seconds hand and AIKON rhodium-plated hands embellished with SLN emerge from the centre.

This playful contrast is completed with a black calfskin strap featuring hand-sewn white thread. It is marked with an applied M logo, the signature of the brand. This strap features the Easychange system which allows it to be effortlessly changed in seconds.

The AIKON Chronograph Skeleton is driven by the ML206 calibre, an automatic chronograph with two counters and a 48-hour power reserve. This calibre also equipped the Masterpiece Chronograph Skeleton introduced in 2016.

AIKON is the descendant of the Maurice Lacroix Calypso. This steel watch was one of the brand’s iconic models in the 1990s and bore the same design codes that live on in the AIKON. The integrated and water-resistant case, the six-arm bezel surrounding a flat sapphire crystal and the strap marked with an applied M logo made this model with its exceptional presence the brand’s most iconic product. In 2016, Maurice Lacroix produced a contemporary reinterpretation of this iconic piece with the quartz AIKON. In 2018, an entire collection of AIKON Automatic pieces continued the saga and in 2019, the AIKON Mercury introduced Masterpiece-style complications to the collection.

Technical details

Model: Aikon Chronograph Skeleton
Reference: AI6098-SS001-090-1

Case
Diameter: 44 mm
Height: 15.10 mm
Material: Stainless steel
Water resistance: 20 ATM

Dial
Skeleton dial on sapphire base plate; External printing black
Other printing in silver powder”
Indexes: No indexes
Hands: Hours-Minutes rhodium plated with white SLN ; Small counters at 9 and 3 o’clock rhodium ; Chronograph second in blue

Movement
Automatic ML 206
Vibrations: 28’800 vph / 4 Hz
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Number of jewels: 25
Decorations: Vertical Côtes de Geneve. Rhodium plated and black gold DLC

Functions
Hours and minutes
Small second at 9 o’clock
Chronograph second by central hand
30-minutes chronograph at 3 o’clock

Strap
Calf leather black with white stitching, easychange system
Buckle: Folding clasp in stainless steel

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