If you have a curiosity about what makes a fine luxury watch tick, but you want to see for yourself instead of hearing about it, then the Maurice Lacroix watch makers have an example that will keep you busy examining and pausing in awe for hours. The Maurice Lacroix Aikon Mercury watch is a brilliant feat in engineering and design. It's aesthetically the type of thing that intrigues the mechanically minded and to fully appreciate its value, we're obliged to take a much closer look.
A good place to start in the description of this unique timepiece is the case which is made of water resistant steel. It measures 44 mm in diameter with a thickness of 14 mm. It's one of the larger watches on the market today, yet it's gained a reputation for being comfortable on the wrist. When you flip the watch over you find a skeletonized version of the case back, which offers a steel case that features a cutaway and screwed down plate that reveals the gears and inner workings of the mechanical movement within. It's covered securely with a flat sapphire crystal that lends to its water resistance of up to 100 meters.
The dial features a skeletonized style which allows the observer to see in to the workings of the movement with a front view. Of particular interest is the new handset that resembles a pair of scissors. Uniquely designed, the skeletonized dial is capped with a sapphire crystal which bears the application of the hour markers. Also, the subsidiary seconds dial gives it a sophisticated touch with a high degree of legibility, particularly for a skeletonized watch front and back.
The movement that powers the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Mercury watch is an in-house version called the caliber ML225 automatic, as the module that sits atop the Swiss automatic movement that serves as the base. The power source beats at a rate of 4 Hz and features a power reserve of 38 hours. All told, the unique free hand system that is incorporated into the watch took a total of three years to develop and perfect.
The Maurice Lacroix Aikon Mercury is offered with your choice of a genuine Alligator leather strap, or a steel metal type bracelet that matches the steel of the case.
Pricing and availability
The Maurice Lacroix Aikon Mercury Watch is a masculine and novel time piece that took considerable time to develop. It gives a nod to the playfulness of the horological experiments of the 17th and 18th century with their infusion of the bird for the cuckoo and other animated mechanisms. It delivers a vintage essence with a modern and innovative construction and design that brings the two worlds together rather artfully. This model will not be offered as a limited edition. The watch comes with the matching metal bracelet and the Alligator leather strap thrown in as a package deal and it retails for the price of $7,690.
We would be remiss not to reflect back to the very interesting sapphire crystal which serves the dual purpose of protecting the dial and serving as a clear dial in which the hour markers have been neatly applied. We couldn't help but notice that from different angles, the effect of this method and design is really quite intriguing. From the side view, they appear to be floating as do the hands. From the full on frontal view, they have a third-dimensional effect and regardless from which angle you view this watch, front, back or sides, you're going to see something new and unique about this multi-dimensional time piece. There is something that seems to be truly magical about this example and although it my not be everybody's cup of tea, it's one of the most artistic examples of recent horologic innovation we've seen. If you enjoy a whimsical complication and the sophistication of a fine luxury watch in a novel presentation, the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Mercury Watch may be right up your alley. We think that the offering of this brilliant new wrist watch is reasonably priced when you consider the craftsmanship and ingenuity involved in its creation.
Written by Garrett Parker
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