With its best fake Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Roue Carree Seconde hand-wound watch the Swiss watchmaker ones again proves that a wheel doesn’t necessarily have to be round. It can be square, too.
Now, however, the setup is employed to replace a standard subsidiary second indicator. Rotating 720 times faster than the previous version of the module, the new complication is almost as fascinating to look at as a flying tourbillon.
This new timekeeper, however, makes the concept of a square gear wheel even more fascinating to look at.
As one may gather, the new Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Roue Carree Seconde watch comes as a successor to the ML Masterpiece Regulateur Roue Carree limited edition proof-of-concept watch introduced last year.
The original watch used the setup of a rotating square wheel activated by a toothed clover-leaf wheel to display current hour. Making a complete turn in 12 hours, the square wheel rotated at a glacier speed of half a degree per minute and effectively appeared motionless for a normal man.
The movement is protected by a mid-sized –by today’s standards– round stainless steel case 43 millimeters in diameter. Featuring sapphire crystals on its front as well as on the display back, the case provides optimal view at the sophisticated ML 156 movement.
Another interesting thing about this Maurice Lacroix watch replica is that its dial, which is decorated with the traditional Grand Colimacon treatment and can be either black or rhodium-plated, is technically the main plate of the ML 156 manual wind movement that powers the new ML Masterpiece Roue Carree Seconde.
The watch will go on sale later this year.
MSRP and international availability are not specified, yet.
Photos: Maurice Lacroix
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Roue Carree Seconde manual-wind watch specification
Movement: Hand-wound, ML156, 18,000 vph, 34 jewels, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, power reserve
Power reserve: 45 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 43.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Dial: Black or Rhodiumed
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Large-scale black crocodile-skin strap, lined with black calfskin and black over-stitching; folding steel clasp with push buttons (satin-brushed and polished finish)
Crystal: Sapphire, anti-reflective on both sides
Case back: Sapphire
Frankly speaking, I cannot readily remember any another Maurice Lacroix copy watch from a major manufacturer that used such a design.