The Redesigned Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Retrograde Calendar

By rolex
June 10, 2021
4 min read

For over 25 years, Maurice Lacroix has offered to watch devotees pleasantly executed watches with abnormal showcases – basically retrograde signs – yet with amicable costs. This assortment, named “Masterpiece”, permits admittance to complications and production developments without breaking your piggy bank. In 1999, ML launched 

The update of the Masterpiece assortment began a year prior, with two models: the  Masterpiece Double Retrograde and the  Masterpiece Moon Retrograde . The two watches, loaded with complications and hands showing signs in an abnormal manner presented another style for this assortment – indeed, two new styles, we’ll see that later – with a combination of current and customary codes. The Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece assortment used to be somewhat elaborate, with twofold ventured drags and bezel, the utilization of two-tone case and Roman numerals. In the mid 2010s, the brand worked an extreme change in style, with significantly more current variants. Perhaps, there was an equilibrium to discover between these two methodologies, to remain consistent with what the assortment was from the outset but then offer something contemporary. This is the thing that the current update tends to achieve.

Modern, stylish, rich however not very dressy… The Masterpiece assortment is tied in with being complex but then wearable (and available to a bigger crowd). After the Double Retrograde and the Moon Retrograde, it’s time for the Retrograde Calendar, the watch that really begun everything, to be refreshed and to get new cases and dials. The instance of the Masterpiece Retrograde Calendar is more easygoing and cleaner than it used to be previously. With its domed cleaned bezel and its prolonged drags with cleaned slope and silk completed flanks, it is present day however controlled. This watch isn’t a little piece however. At 43mm in breadth and 15mm in tallness, don’t anticipate that it should become your tuxedo piece yet rather a day by day watch with a manly presence.

While the presentation is equivalent to the first 1999 model, the dial has been refreshed. Indeed, while conservating a cutting edge feel, Maurice Lacroix has chosen to offer back the Masterpiece assortment its conventional allure. Two dials are available on this new Masterpiece Retrograde Calendar, both with traditional enhancements. The first shows a two-tone surface – opaline white with differentiating sandblasted shimmering tracks – enhanced with a “clous de Paris” example and blue hands and applied lists. The subsequent one, more current to be sure gratitude to its dark blue tone, highlights Geneva stripes and a marginally cleaner style, with various tracks and sub-dials. On the last mentioned, the hands and applied files are cleaned metal.

The primary interest of the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Retrograde Calendar positively is its uncommon and complex showcase. While time is traditionally demonstrated by focal hands and a little second at 6 o’clock, the upper piece of the dial uncovered two retrograde signs: the force save at 2 o’clock and the date at 10 o’clock. While these two remain rather basic complications, the manner in which the date is shown adds to the horological content of this watch.

Powering the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Retrograde Calendar is the type ML190, an assembling development with programmed twisting – as an update, the early forms of the Masterpiece Retrograde Calendar were utilizing a changed hand-wound Unitas development. While a portion of the Unitas establishes are as yet present in this programmed type, it has been profoundly changed to become a restrictive development. Despite the fact that the watch is huge, the development is in like manner proportioned (something sufficiently uncommon to be mentioned). The spans are rhodium plated and improved with Geneva stripes in Colimaçon with cleaned edges. This development is a lethargic sprinter (2.5Hz recurrence), taking into account a comfortable 52h force reserve.

The Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Retrograde Calendar is worn on a croc cowhide tie with the company’s unmistakable logo applied and a steel collapsing catch. It will be sensibly evaluated, at CHF 4,200 (inc. charges). More subtleties on www.mauricelacroix.com .