The Aikon gets a smooth dim makeover by Geneva-based watch customiser Label Noir. As Maurice Lacroix’ moderate interpretation of the extravagance sports watch since 2016, the Aikon is a powerful assortment in steady extension. Limited to 50 pieces, the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Label Noir Automatic Limited Edition will be accessible today – Black Friday – on the brand’s site available to be purchased in Europe and Switzerland.
The first Aikon watches, in light of a 1990s Maurice Lacroix Calypso configuration, shown the trademark equation of an extravagance sports watch: striking molded cases, a particular bezel, coordinated wristbands, water-opposition and a blend of rich and lively components. The two things that separated the Maurice Lacroix Aikon from other very good quality models in this area were its reasonable sticker price and its quartz development. In 2018, the Aikon was overhauled with an automatic development and figured out how to keep the cost in check.
Emmanuel Curti, watchmaker and author of Label Noir and an expert in customizing watches, visualized a makeover for the Aikon and moved toward Maurice Lacroix with his undertaking. As indicated by Emmanuel Curti, the Aikon is a flexible watch that fits various completions, which thus can make an altogether different search for the watch. Albeit this implied “changing certain components that we wouldn’t have set out to change“, as indicated by Thiébaut Bentz, International Product and Marketing Director of Maurice Lacroix, an arrangement was sealed.
For the record, the 3-hand Aikon Automatic has showed up with blue, black, silver and dark dials, all with the trademark embellished Clous de Paris design on the dial. It likewise showed up in an all-black suit a year ago, so you may well get some information about this new all-black piece.
Actually, a considerable amount. Most importantly, it isn’t actually an all-black piece. It is a more unpretentious and exquisite combination of black and dark. The case, with its 42mm distance across and 11mm tallness, has an anthracite DLC covering working on this issue center with a sandblasted finish. Interestingly, the unmistakable bezel with its six twofold hooks has a black DLC covering and shows a matte black foundation with cleaned paws. The screw-down crown and bezel and the 200m water-opposition remain unchanged.
The greatest change attempted by Label Noir happens on the dial. The mark emblazoned Clous de Paris design has proceeded to be supplanted by a lacquered matte dim dial, close in shading and surface to the case center. The evacuation of this common Aikon family quality is, in my eyes, incredibly effective and gives the watch a slicker, sleeker, more metropolitan allure. It likewise makes the dial undeniably more neat. The applied lists and the faceted hour and moment hands are totally treated with black Super-LumiNova.
The reference to the ‘Automatic’ development at 6 o’clock on the dial has been supplanted with LABELNOIR and the white minutes track currently includes a black marker at the highest point of each file. Another exceptionally inconspicuous plan change concerns the date window; it isn’t outlined like other Aikon models however slanted straightforwardly on the dial plate.
Movement ML 115
The Aikon is fitted with an automatic development (ML 115) in view of a Sellita SW 200 (a clone of the ETA 2824) and is noticeable through the sapphire caseback. It beats at 28,000 vibrations/hour, has a force save of 38 hours and showcases vertical Côtes de Genève and perlage.
Like other Aikon models, the watch comes with an exchangeable lash framework permitting you to change the character of your watch in seconds – with no apparatus required. The tie conveyed with this model is a black calfskin tie with a material completion, and the triple-collapsing lock is covered in black PVD.
Availability and price
The Maurice Lacroix Aikon Label Noir Automatic Limited Edition is limited to 50 pieces and will be accessible only in Europe and Switzerland on the Maurice Lacroix site today (Black Friday). The retail cost is EUR 2,300 or CHF 2,300.