Maurice Lacroix unveils its latest timepiece, the AIKON Skeleton, a model inspired by urban architecture. The Swiss firm has worked closely with movement specialist, Sellita, creating a brand new movement. While skeleton watches have long been linked with Haute Horlogerie, the Swiss brand has democratised the horological genre, once again reaffirming its reputation for delivering high perceived value.
The world’s greatest cities are populated by some incredible examples of urban architecture. Whether comprised of glass, steel or stone, the finest buildings are both functional and attractive.
The new Maurice Lacroix AIKON Skeleton was inspired by urban architecture. Presented in a 39mm stainless steel case, the modest diameter of this watch promises widespread appeal. Moreover, it complements the brand’s existing portfolio of skeleton models housed in 43mm, 44mm and 45mm cases.
Maurice Lacroix has a long history of making skeleton watches and over the years it has amassed much know-how. Once the preserve of Haute Horlogerie, Maurice Lacroix has democratised the skeleton watch, upholding the firm’s reputation for always delivering a high quality-price ratio. In this instance, the company wanted to apply its expertise to the creation of a new, contemporary model with smaller case dimensions.
Part of the charm of the AIKON Skeleton is that it reveals many parts usually hidden from view. Indeed, the wearer is indulged with views of various components in motion such as the balance wheel oscillating backwards and forwards.
The company has worked closely with movement specialist, Sellita to conceive the exclusive Automatic ML115 (base SW200) featured in this latest model. Similar to some of the most interesting buildings, this movement plays with transparency, allowing light to pass through various openings, thereby illuminating a myriad of parts. The oscillating weight is customised and sports sandblasted and sunbrushed decoration. Furthermore, the movement is endowed with circular graining and colimaçon.
The design team at Maurice Lacroix has expended much time and effort, not just on the appearance of the watch, but also on its torsional strength. Numerous calculations using computer simulations establish the loads on certain areas of the movement, identifying any potential for unwanted flex.
Consistent with other members of the AIKON collection, this latest creation shares the same case and bracelet, delivering exalted levels of wearer comfort. Moreover, with its Easy Strap Exchange system, the wearer can swap the bracelet for one of the leather or rubber strap options, quickly and without the need for tools.
Despite its refined design and impressive specification, the AIKON Skeleton remains accessible, upholding the brand’s reputation for delivering high perceived value. Put simply, the new Maurice Lacroix AIKON Skeleton was inspired by urban architecture and born in the Swiss Jura.