Founded as part of Desco von Schulthess of Zürich in 1975, Maurice Lacroix introduced the Pontos collection in 2000. It took the timepiece maker 17 years to introduce the second generation of Pontos watches. The new Pontos lineup that Maurice Lacroix has just introduced follows in the footsteps of the 2022 collection that was launched with silver white and dark blue dials.
Maintaining the aesthetics of the previous collection, the new Pontos variants come in 43 mm stainless steel cases in two colours — black sunray dials (Ref. PT6388-SS001-320-2) and gunmetal sunbrushed lacquered (Ref. PT6388-SS001-321-2) dials. Common to both the references are the stainless steel chronograph pushers at 2 o’clock to start the complication and the 4 o’clock pusher to restart it. Also, both models have the oversized crowns at 3 o’clock with the ‘M’ signature engraved on them.
The difference between the just-launched lineup and the previous one lies in the presentation of the colours of the dials. On the black sunray dial, there are rhodium-plated Arabic hour markers, rhodium-faceted hour, minute and seconds hands with white solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) coating, with white SLN tips. This reference also comes with rhodium-facetted small counter hands. On the dial, one can see a small seconds counter at 9 o’clock, a 12-hour counter with an integrated black background, a white numeral date window and a 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock. All three counters come with circular graining and Côtes de Genève finishing. At 3 o’clock this variant gets the ‘Maurice Lacroix’ logo in rhodium plating. This model is finished on a black alligator-imitation calf leather strap with rhodium ‘M’ logo and a butterfly stainless steel buckle.
The next model gets a similar layout but has gold Arabic hour markers and its dial consists of gold-faceted hour, minute and second hands with white SLN coating. Similar to the black dial model, the second hand of this variant also gets a white tip. The trifecta layout is the same but the gold hands here replace the rhodium hands, which can even be found on the logo at 3 o’clock.This model is finished on a black alligator-imitation calf leather strap with a gold ‘M’ logo and a butterfly stainless steel buckle.
Turning both these timepieces over showcases the skeleton casebacks with five visible screws and a vertical Côtes de Genève, sun-brushed and rhodium-plated peripheral rotor on each. Both variants are powered by the in-house ML112 automatic movement with 42 hours of power reserve. They have easy interchange systems that can be swapped with three-row stainless steel bracelets. With a water resistance of 100 metres, these watches cannot be worn for intense water activities.