NEW PONTOS CHRONOGRAPH by Maurice LacroixBy Shana Devleschoudere
Since its founding, Maurice Lacroix has never ceased to excel, striving to continuously improve its products and create watches with high perceived value. Thus, the Jura-based brand has revisited its popular PONTOS Chronograph 43 mm model to offer four new references. Their sunray dials, available in black or charcoal gray, can be paired with a 3-row steel bracelet or a leather strap for a contemporary and timeless look.
An ever-evolving brand, Maurice Lacroix has revisited its PONTOS collection, creating new versions of its Chronograph model. In addition to the original timepiece, the new PONTOS Chronograph model features a series of small improvements designed to enrich the overall experience of its owner.
The Arabic numerals on the dial give the watch a more modern touch, allowing for even more immediate reading of the hours. The hour and minute hands are partially openworked and coated with white Super-LumiNova for better visibility in low light conditions - a luminescent treatment that is also found on the central chronograph seconds hand.
In designing this new PONTOS chronograph, the Maurice Lacroix design team sought to optimize the legibility of the hours and enhance the overall sense of luxury. The flange houses an extremely clear minute track, while the dial features a sunburst pattern that plays beautifully with the light. The 12-hour chronograph counter, located at 6 o'clock, features a date window on a color-matched disc to accentuate the overall sense of harmony and cohesion.
On the back of the watch, a sapphire crystal reveals the automatic caliber ML112. This movement is decorated with Côtes de Genève and a pearl finish, while the rotor is embellished with vertical Côtes de Genève and sunburst brushing.
The watch comes with a 3-row stainless steel or black leather strap. This second version features the M logo, a detail that has become legendary, emphasizing its refinement and authenticity. In line with the famous AIKON collection, the new 43mm PONTOS Chronograph features the Easy Strap Exchange system devised by the brand, which allows the strap to be changed easily without the need for special tools.
Another example of Maurice Lacroix's innovative approach to watchmaking is the case for the new PONTOS Chronograph. After the success of the AIKON #tide collection, whose models are made from recycled plastic from the oceans, the brand is now offering all of its watches in a case made of #tide Ocean Material®. It takes 34 bottles to make one, which means 34 fewer bottles polluting the sea. In addition to a compartment for the additional strap, this case includes a QR code that gives access to a digital instruction manual to avoid any paper waste and thus limit its ecological impact.
While the previous version of the PONTOS Chronograph was already undeniably impressive, the Jura-based watch brand has constantly sought to improve it to create the latest 43mm PONTOS Chronograph, which lives up to its reputation for watches with high perceived value.