World of Watches (Singapore) - - Basel Report | Highlights -

Mau­rice lacroix’s Mas­ter­piece Mys­te­ri­ous sec­onds Rev­e­la­tion comes dressed in two guises, and fi­nally re­veals the mech­a­nism driv­ing its sig­na­ture com­pli­ca­tion

De­spite the an­nounce­ment of its sale by ma­jor­ity stake­holder DKSH last year, Mau­rice Lacroix re­mains ac­tive in the in­dus­try, and in­tro­duced the lower priced Aikon col­lec­tion at Baselworld this year, with no dearth of of­fer­ings at the higher end of its range ei­ther. The brand has up­dated the Mas­ter­piece Mys­te­ri­ous Sec­onds, which de­buted in 2013, and added the Rev­e­la­tion suf­fix to its name. Like the orig­i­nal, this watch tells the time us­ing an off-cen­tred sub-dial at two o’clock, while leav­ing a large cir­cu­lar space at six o’clock for the dis­play of the sec­onds in a most the­atri­cal man­ner.

The high­light of the Mas­ter­piece Mys­te­ri­ous Se­cond has al­ways been its un­teth­ered sec­onds hand, which ap­pears to float around as its two coloured tips al­ter­nat­ingly trace the ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal scales. For in­stance, as the black tip glides along the black hashes to the num­ber “30”, the hand be­comes in­creas­ingly aligned un­til the scale and the hand are su­per­im­posed. Once that hap­pens, the white tip be­gins to move left­ward to­wards “45” as it con­tin­ues to in­di­cate the sec­onds. Only af­ter the se­cond hand is per­fectly hor­i­zon­tal will the black tip come into play again. The Mas­ter­piece Mys­te­ri­ous Sec­onds Rev­e­la­tion is so named be­cause un­like the pre­vi­ous model, which has an opaque run­ning sec­onds sub-dial, it comes with a per­fo­rated dial that re­veals the work­ings of the mys­te­ri­ous sec­onds com­pli­ca­tion un­der­neath it at cer­tain an­gles. The watch comes in two op­tions: Clas­sic and Con­tem­po­rary. They are iden­ti­cal save for their colour­ways – the for­mer (shown above) has a stain­less steel case, while the lat­ter is in black PVD. Ob­vi­ously, prac­ti­cal­ity is not at the fore­front of this watch. Rather, this is an ex­er­cise in cre­ativ­ity, and clearly demon­strates the mul­ti­fac­eted charm of me­chan­i­cal watch­mak­ing. MOVE­MENT Self-wind­ing Mau­rice Lacroix Cal­i­bre ML215 with 50-hour power re­serve

CASE 43mm in steel, wa­ter re­sis­tant to 50m STRAP Black crocodile with steel ardil­lon buckle PRICE $12,900 (Clas­sic) $13,800 (Con­tem­po­rary)

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