The name Pontos has always been a byword for style, attracting individuals who appreciate design and flair. Over the last 20 years, Pontos has subtly evolved, continuously improved and become, unquestionably, an emblematic model for Maurice Lacroix.
A key aspect of the Pontos collection is the design characteristics shared with each model, including since 2016 an enhanced case design delivering improved aesthetics, feel and wearer comfort. The curving lugs feature a stepped profile adding to the allure of the case. The crown protectors fuse with the caseband more harmoniously, extending outwards to the sunbrushed sides of the lugs. Wherever inquisitive fingers roam, they are greeted with superior tactility. The finish of each element has been upgraded in 2016, conferring a sumptuous feel to each Pontos model. There is an increased interplay of polished and brushed surfaces, heightening the sense of luxury. The double folding clasp with push buttons was a further enhancement, according a superior fit and proffering greater wearer comfort.
Each Pontos model is equipped with a high quality, automatic mechanical movement, delivering precision and reliability while harnessing fine Swiss craftsmanship. Indeed, the current Pontos Collection is so emblematic of Maurice Lacroix’s brand values that the brand’s ‘M’ logo adopts greater prominence on the dial, calf leather strap and crown.
Upholding this reputation, Maurice Lacroix is pleased to unveil a new range of straps for its Pontos Chronograph and Pontos Day Date models, complementing its existing collection of strap options.
Vibrant Orange & Bold Blue
When it comes to measuring elapsed time intervals, the Pontos Chronograph fulfils this role admirably. Two large chronograph registers are positioned at 6 o’clock and noon, while a small seconds display resides at 9 o’clock. A date display completes the inventory of functions. The water resistance has been enhanced to 10ATM.
The brown-orange Top-Leather strap is the ideal accompaniment to the Pontos Chronograph. This strap features vegetable tanning and aniline dying. The result is a vibrant brown-orange hue, featuring a gentle grain and a subtly shining surface. Paired with a striking blue dial, this combination delivers a wonderfully stylish statement.
Mellow Browns & Hazelnut Tones
In some areas of life, we can be confronted with too much information. This is not the case with the Pontos Day Date which presents the day and date via two apertures, imparting information in a clear, simple to understand format. Again, the water resistance of this timepiece has been increased to 10ATM.
For those customers seeking a vintage appearance for their Pontos Day Date, the ‘Origin gold-brown’ leather evinces a classical air. This strap is crafted of the finest Italian calf leather and processed according to traditional methods. Another option is the ‘Juchtenleder’ strap, made of smooth, semi-matte leather with hazelnut tones and delightful patination. It provides a stylish accompaniment to the Pontos Day-Date.
Sleek Black & Silver Moments
In addition, the Pontos Chronograph and Pontos Day Date models are available with the new embossed calf leather strap, which embraces modernity with its eye-catching grid motif and fascinating texture. Alternatively, for those would-be wearers seeking a retro nod to La Dolce Vita, Milanese bracelets are also available.
Like the Masterpiece Double Retrograde watch, there is a print that states “Manufacture Movement” at 6 o’clock. It’s not often you see such a print on watches, however I can know Maurice LaCroix’s eagerness to remind wearers that their movement is a little special.The blue dial variation is nice too, and definitely more showy due to the bright blue dial. The layout of the dial is similar, but the finishing differs. The main dial, for example, includes Côtes de Genève completing. The minute and hour hands, as well as the palms for the indicators and respective indices, are rhodium-plated. Overall legibility is simply as fantastic as the silver dial version.The black dial variation (that we didn’t get to shoot hands-on(sadly) is more similar to the blue dial version instead of the silver one. Much like the silver dial version, the black dial model has vertical brushing on the main dial. The signs all have guilloché made from concentric circles. The hands and indices are all rhodium-plated also. The black dial version is easily the dressiest and most severe of this trio.The Masterpiece Moon Retrograde is powered with the in-house ML192, a variant of the ML191 that drives the Masterpiece Double Retrograde. Such as the ML191, the ML192 is a self-winding motion that beats at a leisurely 2.5Hz and has a power reserve of 52 hours. The finishing and decoration of this ML192 movement are similar to the ML191 too, with Côtes de Genève and diamond-cut borders on the bridges. In the same way, the large rotor is rhodium-plated, marginally skeletonized, also features Côtes de Genève decoration as well.When we first wrote about these brand new watches earlier this year, there were a couple of remarks that criticized the watch for its own styling.