The Sparkling Date – the Star of the Starside Collection
The Starside Sparkling Date epitomizes the vibrant homage that Maurice Lacroix pays to
women: An exclusive homage that puts her right at the heart of watchmaking technology and
proves that complex mechanisms can be part of femininity.
Launched as a limited edition of 250 pieces, the Sparkling Date causes time to pass by thanks to a
know-how expanding to the rhythm of the oscillations of an automatic movement whose complication
was entirely conceived and developed by Maurice Lacroix. The ML 127 calibre features a retrograde
date and the phases of the moon in a totally new form of display. The mechanisms were developed in
a wholly innovative spirit, with the intention of dedicating to the woman one of the most beautiful
readings of the passage of time. These marvels of originality are covered by patent applications.
At the heart of a silver-coloured constellation, the moon is incarnated by an eccentric rotating disc. By
eclipsing itself under a salient mask that dominates a moonstone, it gradually reveals its cycle. The
heavenly reflections of this stone run contrasts on the black dial and radiate an opal luminescence.
The originality of the display is accentuated by an imaged décor that emphasizes depth and perspective,
imparting a sense that the universe is right at hand.
The date wanders and undulates with insouciance on the purple background of the dial. The retrograde
calendar creates a luminous groove accompanied by a hand with a single diamond insert. This
hand follows a wavy and gracious curve that metamorphoses time into an exquisite crossing, and then
in the fleeting time of a dazzling lightning flash, invariably resumes its path to the end of its course -
an astonishing retrograde display that adds its own lyricism to this complication.
The white gold case is of unparalleled brightness. Bezel, lugs and crown give themselves without
reservation to a myriad of diamonds. Finished by a cambered sapphire glass, the dial troubles the
senses. The reliefs are carefully spaced out; the chiaroscuro is captivating. The alchemy of the purple
and black colours casts a lot to time and stages its reading harmoniously. Eccentric, the revolution of
the hours chooses the diagram: it succumbs to the spell of applied index marks, tapered and slender,
that tame the arabesque aspect of the face.
The spontaneous readability is made possible by a deliberate scenography that marks the least
indication with art and ingenuity. The colours, the proportions, the sizes and the finishes give this
composition a modern look inspiring a new kind of poetry in the universe of luxury watchmaking.
Mysteries of time transformed into hypnotic delights… The Starside collection and its star, the
Sparkling Date, represent the essence of sensory aesthetics, subtly contemporary, magnified by a
mastery of cutting-edge technology.