The Masterpiece Gravity began to enchant watch lovers only a few years ago. But despite being relatively “new” on the scene, it has become an icon in Maruice Lacroix’s line of watches. It broke the convention by placing the escapement and regulating organ in front, in full view for everyone to admire. And as such, the hour and minutes display has been positioned off-centre, enchanting onlookers.
A new version of the Masterpiece Gravity joins the current collection. Housed in a 43 mm stainless steel case, it looks very different from its forebears despite sharing many design elements.
The off-centre hour and minutes display is placed in the top right corner of the dial. Unlike earlier versions of the Gravity, this display eschews a chapter ring, delivering a more tidy appearance. Each hour is denoted with elongated Roman numerals, save for the top spot where the brand’s “M” logo is nestled. The hour and minute hands are yellow gold plated, infusing the display with a touch of color.
The silver sun-brushed off-centre hour and minutes display sits above the exposed main plate which is adorned with concentric Vagues du Jura motif. A dark grey small seconds display is positioned at 4 o’clock, sitting above the main plate but beneath the hour and minutes display. This gives the dial more depth and dimension.
The left side of the dial is reserved for the escapement and regulating organ. The oscillating motion of the balance wheel provides a visual spectacle of the heart of the watch. An exhibition case back affords a view of the automatic Manufacture Calibre ML 230, a rhodium plated movement featuring Grand colimaçon Côtes de Genéve on its reverse. This latest version of the Masterpiece Gravity is supplied on a brown calf leather strap, featuring the “M” logo, paired with a stainless steel butterfly buckle.