Swiss luxury watchmaker Maurice Lacroix has created a unique timepiece for the Only Watch 2023 charity auction. Housed in a sapphire crystal case, this mechanical wristwatch encompasses an eye-popping array of hues and features a hand-wound Manufacture movement.
In 2009, Maurice Lacroix participated in Only Watch for the first time and has continued to do so ever since. The biennial charity event raises funds for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
The Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Only Watch 2023 is presented in a 43mm diameter sapphire case, a first for the Maison. The use of the clear material extends to the bezel and crown. The making of a sapphire crystal case is protracted, necessitating numerous hours of polishing.
Maurice Lacroix has equipped this charity watch with a skeleton movement, the hand-wound Manufacture Calibre ML330.
The bold use of colour is a reoccurring theme of Only Watch and this year proves no exception. This year, shades of blue, red, orange and green are juxtaposed to create a vibrant, rainbow-theme that are referenced with the movement plate.
The off-centred anthracite sunray dial has two hands for indicating the hours and minutes. M-logo sit adjacent twelve indexes, all suffused with Super-LumiNova, each presented in a different hue, once again, subscribing to the rainbow-theme.
A small seconds display is located beneath the aforementioned off-centre dial and wonderfully plays with perspective, augmenting the model’s visual allure.
Model: Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Only Watch 2023
Sapphire case with sapphire bezel and crown
Case height: 11mm
Sapphire open caseback with ONLYWATCH 2023 engraving
Anthracite sunray dial with black M-logo
Rainbow perimeter on the big disk and black perimeter on the small disk
Manual-winding calibre ML330 Skeleton with rainbow plate
Grey nylon strap with black sandblasted M-logo and Easychange system
Stainless steel butterfly buckle with titanium cap
CHF 25,000 – 35,000