Gravity "40th anniversary" limited
40 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN ONE TIMEPIECE
When the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity was launched at Baselworld 2014, it was the first timepiece to feature a fully silicium assortment, proving highly popular and quickly selling out.
Since 1975, Maurice Lacroix has been at the vanguard of horological creativity, embracing new technologies, depicting time using thought-provoking design and harnessing fine Swiss craftsmanship. This year Maurice Lacroix combines many of its innovations in a limited edition of the Masterpiece Gravity featuring a stunning blue dial, produced to celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary.
The Masterpiece Gravity 40th features many of the remarkable attributes synonymous with Maurice Lacroix including a manufacture movement, a silicium assortment, an off-centre hour and minutes display, striking use of colour, all stylishly presented in an eye-catching POWER- LITE® case.
POWERLITE® is incredibly robust, durable and light. The anthracite colour of the case is created using an anodisation process. The benefits POWERLITE® offers made a compelling case for its selection by the de- sign team at Maurice Lacroix and a wor- thy material for this important timepiece in the company’s history.
CAN YOU RESIST GRAVITY?
The new Masterpiece Gravity 40th is joined by two fur- ther limited editions, delivered in a choice of classical and contemporary executions, each limited to 250 pieces.
The Masterpiece Gravity inspires and challenges conven- tion. It is an innovative timepiece, at the cutting-edge of progress, which does not merely convey time but emotio- nally engages with the wearer with creative expression. It presents its oscillator and assortment centre stage on the dial side of the watch. The spectacle of seeing the oscillator beating, along with the pallet lever moving, is mesmerising and emits an attractive force few can resist.
The Masterpiece Gravity was the first timepiece to feature a fully silicium assortment. Developed in- house by Maurice Lacroix, it is a further example of the company’s forward thinking approach to watchmaking.
Maurice Lacroix’s Head of Movement Construction, Michel Vermot, in collaboration with Haute Ecole Arc, based in Le Locle, was the first person to develop and produce a complete assortment made in silicium.
Silicium, a self-lubricating, glass-like material, is three times lighter than steel. The low mass consumes less energy, is more accurate and does not require regular lubrication.
The frequency of the Maurice Lacroix automa- tic manufacture Calibre ML230 is 18,000 vph (2.5Hz). It is a cadence that is ideally suited for silicium as it proves gentler to the glass-like subs- tance than those experienced in some higher os- cillating movements.
The brand has minimised the number of compo- nents to 188, avoiding unnecessary parts and, by default, providing a clean appearance and enhanced reliability.
Maurice Lacroix is, understandably, very proud to feature a complete assortment produced in sili- cium. The Calibre ML230 is its 13th manufacture movement, reaffirming the company’s know-how and technical progress.
The Masterpiece Gravity 40th imparts the hour and minutes display on a blue lacquered, off-centre dial which is domed at its centre and secured with two mirror-polished screws. Diamond cut indexes and rho- dium plated hands exhibit cool refinement. Encircling this dial is a rhodium plated minute track. The vibrant use of colour is typical of Maurice Lacroix who has gained a reputation for selecting shades that deliver stunning aesthetics.
The sense of modernity is reinforced with the main bridges, positioned adjacent the hour and minutes dis- play, that have received an eye-catching sandblasted finish. Moreover, these bridges feature polished be- velled edges accentuating their extremities to comely effect. In contrast, four additional bridges, presented dial-side of the watch are rhodium finished and brushed. The screw sinks on these four bridges are sandblasted, providing a cohesive link to the main bridges.
Finally, the case back of the watch is equipped with a sapphire crystal, according a view of the automatic Calibre ML230.
A TRUE MASTERPIECE
Maurice Lacroix has shown over the last 40 years a remarkable ability to innovate, explore new technologies and create ingenious means of displaying time. The Masterpiece Gravity 40th wonderfully integrates several cutting-edge technologies in one true masterpiece.
With a dazzling array of qualities, the attraction of the Masterpiece Gravity should prove impossible to resist.