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March 23, 2023    |    

Laco Watches are Embracing Gray as the New Black

The monochromatic color scheme of the new timepieces is impressive.

We often yearn for rest, balance, and harmony, especially during times of hustle and bustle. That’s when we turn to the opposite – to everything plain and simple. Minimalism, and especially monochrome, has a calming and relaxing effect. Monochrome designs, particularly in neutral colors such as black, white, or gray, have an elegant and refined appearance. With these features, the new “Augsburg Grau” (gray) and “Aachen Grau” models from Laco stand out as a stylish addition to the basic pilot watch series.

These timepieces are distinguished by the classic business color gray, and the color is considered sophisticated and timeless. Gray is often considered the new black in fashion because it is not a strong contrast but rather an ideal complement to many colors. The dials are based on the company’s classic pilot watches. The “Augsburg Grau” is available in type A, which has eleven Arabic numerals and the pilot’s triangle at position 12. The “Aachen Grau,” on the other hand, adheres to type B’s design, with an hour circle on the inside and minutes on the outside.

The numerals, indices, and hands on the watch are coated with Superluminova BGW 9, a luminous material that appears white in daylight and emits a blue-green glow in the dark for clear readability at night. The gray background complements the white glow in daylight and creates a harmonious blend. The hour and minute hands stand out with their metallic blue shimmer, adding a touch of visual interest to the monochromatic design. For the second time, the Laco basic line models feature thermally blued hands that shimmer in different shades of blue, depending on the light source, even appearing almost black. While the color scheme may seem simple, creating an appealing and fashionable look with uniform colors presents a unique challenge. The satin-finished stainless steel case reflects the monochrome theme and provides a harmonious contrast to the matte dial, shining with a silvery finish.

Both the front and back of the watch feature scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, providing protection and durability. The Laco 2S automatic movement, based on the Miyota 82S0, is visible through the transparent crystal case back. The stop-seconds function ensures precise time setting. Laco offers the option to upgrade to the Laco 31 caliber (base: Miyota 8315) for all models in the series, featuring a power reserve of over 60 hours and thermally blued screws.

The new models are available in two sizes, 39 or 42 millimeters in diameter, with a choice between a gray calfskin strap with decorative rivets or a sporty stainless steel bracelet, resulting in a series of eight new models. The “Augsburg Grau” and “Aachen Grau” models are available from the end of March.

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