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Maurice Lacroix Pontos 20th Anniversary Collection: Pontos Chronograph Monopusher, Pontos Chronograph and Pontos Day-Date

Maurice Lacroix celebrates the 20th anniversary of its popular Pontos collection by unveiling new timepieces including a vintage-looking PONTOS Chronograph Monopusher limited edition, followed by two new versions of automatic chronograph and of the Day-Date model. These new pieces, all imbued with an elegant contemporary spirit, bear the hallmark of Maurice Lacroix design. The characteristically PONTOS details, finishes, contrasts and taut lines celebrate a vision of watchmaking where understated refinement reigns supreme.

The PONTOS collection is a meeting point of contemporary styling and the codes of traditional watchmaking. PONTOS watches offer a distinctive style that is dressy without being formal, refined without relying on design gimmicks. The highly detailed round case features a shoulder either side of the crown, which serves to protect it and to create slight asymmetry. This protection takes the form of pushers in the PONTOS Chronograph models.

The smooth bezel is slightly angled, polished on the surface and satin-finished on the thin edge. Finally, the crown itself is shaped and fnished with spiral notches, one last touch that makes PONTOS thoroughly contemporary, which remains the signature of Maurice Lacroix design.

The double lugs have a pronounced hooked shape with a satin-finished first level and a polished and sunken outer second level. This alternating set of matte and shiny finishes highlights the profile of a case shared by the three models of the PONTOS collection.

The first is the PONTOS Chronograph Monopusher, launched as a limited edition to celebrate the collection’s 20th anniversary.The second is a new version of the steel automatic chronograph, the PONTOS Chronograph. The third is a new extension of the Day-Date model, available as an exceptional bronze version with a green dial, or in steel with a silvered dial.

PONTOS Chronograph Monopusher (PONTOS 20th Anniversary Collection)

The PONTOS Chronograph Monopusher is a limited edition of 500 pieces.

The PONTOS Chronograph Monopusher features a 41mm diameter case in steel. Maurice Lacroix has coated it using PVD technology to make it totally black and durable, ensuring resistance to abrasion and scratches, but above all uncompromising aesthetics.

A gradient stretches across the dial, with black at the edges that gradually grows lighter towards the centre, which is a mid-grey. Halfway across, the telemeter and tachymeter come into view – one red and the other blue – and these two scales cross paths with the chronograph’s minute counter and the small seconds, creating a complex design.

To power this timepiece, the ML166 automatic mono-pusher chronograph caliber is used. Its single pusher creates asymmetry and breaks with common expectations of chronographs. This self winding mechanical movement features circular-graining and Côtes de Genève finishes. Its sunray-brushed oscillating weight is decorated with Côtes de Genève, visible through a transparent sapphire case back.

PONTOS Chronograph (PONTOS 20th Anniversary Collection)

The anniversary collection also offers two new versions of the PONTOS Chronograph. Inside the PONTOS steel case with a larger diameter of 43 mm, the ML112 automatic chronograph caliber gives PONTOS a whole new dimension. The dial is available as a lacquered white or sunray-brushed grey version, where the hour markers take the form of applied Arabic numerals for the first time.

The PONTOS Chronograph pieces draw on an unusual colour balance that is actually a common Maurice Lacroix stylistic feature. The white dial therefore contrasts with a bright blue tint, while yellow gold appliqués stand out against the grey dial.

These shades, textures and the soft, rounded font of the Arabic numerals create a powerful design dynamic and exude a contemporary, sport-chic style that lies at the heart of the PONTOS Chronograph identity.

These same shades are adopted by the partially skeletonised hands and the counters at 6 and 12 o’clock, which are used to read the chronograph indications. The PONTOS Chronograph pieces are available on a blue calfskin strap with Maurice Lacroix’s M logo, complemented by a three-link steel bracelet.

This bracelet adopts the same alternating satin-finished and polished finishes of the case that accentuate its edges. The PONTOS Chronograph anniversary watch case backs bear an engraving marking the 20th anniversary of the collection.

PONTOS Day-Date (PONTOS 20th Anniversary Collection)

The PONTOS Day-Date – the first model from the PONTOS range to have been redesigned in 2017 – is joined by two new versions. Yet the design details of this 41 mm model remain unchanged, with triangular hour-markers, a sunken minute circle, cut-outs in the dial at 6 o’clock and 12 o’clock that highlight the date and the day respectively, and slightly trapezoidal hands with a rigorous design.

The effect produced by these geometric elements and their clever positioning on flatteringly finished dials is the result of pertinent modernity. It makes the PONTOS Day-Date pieces truly timeless and capable of standing the test of time.

Maurice Lacroix has built on these foundations with an unlimited edition that presents a bronze case and a green dial.

The tones of the rose gold PVD-treated hands and the bronze case are reflected in the rhodium-plated hour-markers, their facets changing colour with each movement. This mirror effect is further amplified by the bottle green shade of the dial, which bestows a vintage yet contemporary look on the model.

Alongside this, the PONTOS Day-Date welcomes an incredibly understated silvered sunray-brushed dial, warmed up by an appliqué logo, hands and hour-markers that are rose-gold in colour. These PONTOS Day-Date watches are available with a three-link steel bracelet or a matte black calfskin strap.

Technical details

Collection: PONTOS 20th anniversary collection
Introduced in: 2020

Model: PONTOS Chronograph Monopusher Limited Edition
Reference: PT6428-SS001-320-1

Edition
Limited Edition of 500 pieces, 20th anniversary

Case
Diameter: 41 mm
Height: 14 mm
Material: Stainless steel black PVD
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Black sun brushed
Snailed and sandblasted counters
Indexes: Rhodium plated, white SLN
Hands : Rhodium plated, white SLN; Second hand in rhodium, painted red and blue

Movement
Automatic ML166
Vibrations: 28’800 vph / 4 Hz
Power reserve: 58 hours
Number of jewels: 23
Decorations: Perlage and Côtes de Genève. Vertical Côtes de Genève and sun brushed on rotor. Rhodium plated.

Functions
Hours and minutes
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Date at 6 o’clock
Chronograph: seconds by central hand, 30 minutes counter at 3 o’clock

Strap
Black calf leather
Buckle: Butterfly in black PDV steel

Model: Pontos Chronograph (with Glossy lacquered white dial)

References
PT6388-SS001-120-4: with leather strap
PT6388-SS002-120-1: with stainless steel bracelet

Case
Diameter: 43 mm
Case Height: 15 mm
Material: Stainless steel
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Glossy lacquered white dial with snailed counters and blue counter markings
Indexes: Blue Arabic numerals
Hands: Blue, SLN white

Strap/Bracelet
Blue calfskin, rhodium-plated M-logo or Three line metal strap
Buckle: Butterfly in stainless steel

Movement
ML112 Automatic
Vibrations: 28’800 vph / 4 Hz
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Number of jewels: 21
Decorations: Circular-graining and Côtes de Genève. Sunray-brushed oscillating weight with Côtes de Genève finishes. Rhodium plated.

Functions
Hours and minutes
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Date at 6 o’clock
Chronograph: seconds indicated by central hand, 30 minutes counter at 12 o’clock, 12 hours counter at 6 o’clock.

Model: Pontos Chronograph (with Sunray-brushed silver dial)

References
PT6388-SS001-220-2: with leather strap
PT6388-SS002-220-1: with stainless steel bracelet

Case
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 15 mm
Material: Stainless steel
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Sunray-brushed silver
Snailed counters and gold-plated markings
Indexes: Arabic numerals, gold-plated
Hands; Gold-plated, SLN white

Movement
ML112 Automatic
Vibrations: 28’800 vph / 4 Hz
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Number of jewels: 21
Decorations: Circular-graining and Côtes de Genève. Sunray-brushed oscillating weight with Côtes de Genève finishes. Rhodium plated.

Functions
Hours and minutes
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Date at 6 o’clock
Chronograph: seconds indicated by central hand, 30 minutes counter at 12 o’clock, 12 hours counter at 6 o’clock

Strap / Bracelet
Black calfskin, gold-plated M-logo or Three line metal strap
Buckle: Butterfly in stainless steel

Model: Pontos Day Date (Stainless steel model with silvered dial)

References
PT6358-SS001-23E-2: With leather strap
PT6358-SS002-23E-1: With stainless steel bracelet

Case
Diameter: 41 mm
Height: 11 mm
Material: Stainless steel
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Silvered, sunray-brushed and bead-blasted
Hour-markers: Rose gold-plated
Hands: Rose gold-plated, white SLN

Movement
Automatic ML143
Vibrations: 28,800 vph /4 Hz
Power reserve: 38 hours
Number of jewels: 26
Decorations: Circular-graining and snailing. Vertical Côtes de Genève and sunray-brushed on rotor. Rhodium-plated.

Functions
Hours, Minutes and Seconds, Date at 6 o’clock, day of the week at 12 o’clock

Strap / Bracelet
Black calfskin strap with rose gold-plated M-logo or Three line metal bracelet
Buckle: Butterfly in stainless steel

Model: Pontos Day Date Bronze, Reference: PT6358-BRZ01-63E-3

Case
Diameter: 41 mm
Height: 11 mm
Material: Bronze
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Green, sunray-brushed and bead-blasted
Indexes: rhodium-plated, rose gold-plated M-logo
Hands: Rose gold-plated, white SLN

Movement
Automatic ML143
Vibrations: 28,800 vph /4 Hz
Power reserve: 38 hours
Number of jewels: 26
Decorations: Circular-graining and snailing. Vertical Côtes de Genève and sunray brushed on rotor. Rhodium-plated

Functions
Hours, Minutes and Seconds, Date at 6 o’clock, day of the week at 12 o’clock

Strap
Brown calfskin, rose gold-plated M-logo
Buckle: Bronze with stainless steel folding buckle

 

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