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Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece

With a history dating back to 1961 and its headquarters in the Swiss metropolis of Biel, Maurice Lacroix is already known as an international player. The Masterpiece Collection has been its very own flagship series for about 30 years.  More

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Haute Horlogerie at an entry-level price

Beginners are often overwhelmed by the large selection of entry-level models in the watch industry. However, if you are looking for something outside of the well-known brands, you can find a great bargain with a Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece. The models in the Masterpiece series have a superior design concept, are loaded with complications and have custom-made calibers. Pre-owned Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece watches are usually more affordable compared to the list price. If you are willing to do without the prestige of big brands like Rolex, a Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece could also be your entry into Haute Horlogerie.

Features of the Masterpiece series

The dials of the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece watches are particularly noteworthy. Intuitively structured, clearly legible and superbly crafted, they represent the heart of the Masterpiece series. They give the cases made of classical or rose gold-plated stainless steel a distinctive accent.

A clear development can be seen here. Whereas earlier models such as Ref. MP6347-SS001-92X still had a certain centrality, with the date and moon phase at the center of the watch, the trend in newer Masterpiece models such as Ref. MP7078-SS001-120 is towards decentralization. The totalizers nestle against the edges, giving the dial more room to breathe, making it look more tidy overall. The totalizers overlap and extend partially over the entire dial, but this does not impair its legibility. In terms of color, Maurice Lacroix offers its wearers a wide choice of dials, allowing them to choose between silver, contrasting black and white, sporty blue accents or skeletonization. The watches are supplied with leather straps as standard, with black and brown crocodile leather being particularly eye-catching.

The Masterpiece series is also the flagship collection for the calibers based on ETA movements, which are developed by Maurice Lacroix itself. Today, the series features 14 different calibers developed specifically for the Masterpiece collection, including classic and skeleton chronograph movements (ML 106-2, ML 106-7, ML 134), a double-reversing movement (ML 151) and a mysterious seconds movement (ML 215).

Models and Prices of Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Watches

  • The Masterpiece Lune Rétrograde (Ref. MP6528-SS001-330) is visually inspired by the later generation of the Masterpiece Collection and updates it with a silver dial featuring a sunburst effect and white indices. Retrograde refers to the fact that at the end of the month the date is reset to the first day. The watch is powered by the ML192 caliber with a 52-hour power reserve. You can admire the movement through the transparent back of the high-quality processed stainless steel case. Watchmaster offers you a second-hand Masterpiece model including box and papers for a purchase price of € 3,680.

  • That the retrograde complication is one of Maurice Lacroix's trademarks is also demonstrated by the 40 mm wide Masterpiece Jours Rétrogrades (Ref. MP6358-SS001-11E). The dial is equipped with a viewing window at 6 o'clock so that you can observe the mechanism at work. The ML102 automatic caliber ticks inside, based on the ETA 2892-A2. The best is, as so often with a pre-owned Maurice Lacroix, the low price: you can buy this watch for only € 2,030.

  • If you are fascinated by the returning hands, you may also be interested in the Masterpiece Double Rétrograde (Ref. MP6518-SS001-130) with an automatic movement. The snow-white dial features a retrograde hour display at 12 o'clock and a retrograde day display at 6 o'clock, both of which sweep towards the center. You can get a certified, used Masterpiece for € 2,790. Alternatively, you can finance the model from as little as € 45 per month.

  • The Masterpiece Date (Ref. MP6407-SS001-111) is a touch more reserved than its predecessors. The dial is plain, but the tapestry pattern, the silver index ring and the royal blue hands and indices add skillful accents. You can purchase this watch from the Masterpiece Series at Watchmaster starting at € 1,330.

  • Finally, we would like to introduce you to Maurice Lacroix' skeletal artwork. The Masterpiece Skeleton (Ref. MP6028-SS001-001-1) needs not to hide from the upper class of Haute Horlogerie. For just under € 5,000, you can purchase a chronograph with a 30-minute and hour totalizer on a skeletonized dial. The specially manufactured ML206 caliber with a 48-hour power reserve powers the watch on the inside. Since Maurice Lacroix does not elaborately decorate the movement, this skeletonized model is relatively inexpensive.

Other Interesting Series from Maurice Lacroix

  • Maurice Lacroix's Les Classiques series combines both its more classic dress watches and more understated moon phase chronographs. The price ranges between € 600 and € 2,000, making them particularly interesting for entry-level watch enthusiasts who want to buy off the beaten track from usual first-brand brands such as Longines.

  • The Pontos Gents men's collection reduces the daring design concept to an appealing minimalist style. Most of the models have a GMT or chronograph function integrated into the dial in a very unobtrusive manner. Occasionally, diamonds are also featured, but the majority of this collection captivates with its simplicity.

  • Maurice Lacroix produces its chronographs in two series. The Pontos Chronographe contains classically elegant chronographs with a clear division of the totalizers.

  • Finally, we would like to introduce the Pontos Rectangulaire, under which Maurice Lacroix collects most of its creations in rectangular cases. These too remain true to their concept with form and the dials contrast skillfully with negative space or split up in a star shape. Since Maurice Lacroix tends to be oversized with its standard oval cases, wearers with narrower wrists might switch to the Pontos Rectangulaire.

  • For all those who prefer something a little more sporty, it is worth taking a look at the models in the Pontos S Chronograph series, which will make your heart skip a beat with their racing watch look.

From Maurice Lacroix Les Mécaniques to the Masterpiece Collection

When Maurice Lacroix celebrated his independence in 1980, the new freedom also presented a challenge. Since anything was possible, the question was asked where exactly to go, and the entry-level segment was served with high-quality automatic watches as well as gold lovers with quartz variations. The breakthrough came in 1990, when the high-end line "Les Mécaniques" was launched, which would be renamed to "Masterpieces" in 1992.

This reorientation went hand in hand with the change to the production of in-house calibers, which were developed partially based on the ETA movements. In 1989, the movement manufacturer Queloz SA was bought and in 2006, they were able to unveil his first specially developed movement, the ML 106. Since then, Maurice Lacroix has released numerous movements, including his first self-winding movement in 2011. With the production of his own movements, Maurice Lacroix also switched to larger cases and a more industrial look.

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