The Masterpiece Embrace is a fusion of artistic expression and technical creativity, courtesy of its retrograde calendar and unusual small seconds display. Two hearts rotate, a metaphor for the highs and the lows besetting all relationships, however, they always remain together, locked in a perpetual embrace.
This timepiece combines an alluring aesthetic with incredible watchmaking expertise. The model is available in two versions, one with a blue aventurine dial and a second with a white mother-of-pearl dial embellished with radiating lines emanating from the small seconds indication.
The generously proportioned 40mm stainless steel case confers a strong wrist presence and is a worthy accompaniment to any haute couture ensemble. Housed within the sumptuous case is a Manufacture movement, the Calibre ML258. This automatic movement features high-end finishing such as rhodium plated bridges embellished with Colimaçon, a rhodium plated openworked rotor adorned with vertical Côtes de Genève motif and a combination of sandblasted and Colimaçon decoration. Beyond its becoming smile, this watch has many inner qualities.
Openworked, leaf-shaped hour and minute hands articulate the time with clear tone and notable style. In the lower portion of the dial is an arrow-like hand, a reference to Cupid. It points to the retrograde date indication, tastefully expressed with a series of circlets. When in love, the heart can miss a beat and the head can be overwhelmed. This is captured with the poetic statement on the dial, ‘je t’aime un peu, beaucoup, à la folie!’.
However, the pièce de résistance of the Masterpiece Embrace is the model’s small seconds display, a reinterpretation of Maurice Lacroix’s patented Square Wheel indication. Every tooth has a unique profile, made to infinitesimal tolerances, engaging with its adjacent counterpart with seamless precision.
A discreet marking indicates the prevailing second without marring the clean dial design. Both versions of the Masterpiece Embrace feature their own interpretation of the heart’s appearance.
The Masterpiece Embrace is presented on a coordinating calf leather strap, paired with a stainless steel folding clasp.