Continuing its development procedure, Maurice Lacroix presents the Aikon Chronograph Skeleton, the first skeletonised chronograph development in quite a while Aikon Automatic line-up. The openworked chronograph development isn’t new; it was first included in the Masterpiece assortment and returns today in the virile instance of the brand’s vision of an open extravagance sports watch. The cutting edge, specialized look of this newcomer is underlined with the dark on-dim composition with dark markings and scarcely a hint of shading. Let’s have a more intensive glance at this pristine (and striking) model.
The Aikon assortment was dispatched in 2016 as a resurrection of the Calypso line from 1990, at first controlled by quartz developments. As Maurice Lacroix’s version of the extravagance sports watch, the Aikon pieces have coordinated cases and a particular bezel enhanced with six twofold paws. Developments are rethought Swiss automatics, yet this aides keep costs at a shockingly open level. Alongside a current arrangement of chronographs, 3-hands-and-date , an Automatic Skeleton or the interesting Aikon Mercury with its protected ‘free-hand’ show, this new delivery affirms that the Aikon is acquiring in complexity.
This is the thing that I would characterize as an activity pressed watch. Not in view of its capacity to record passed times and its 200m water-opposition, but since of its complex case and dial. Despite the fact that it is being welcomed into the Aikon family, it appears to impart more highlights to the hearty Aikon Venturer . A brisk similarity may help: if the Aikon is the Royal Oak, the Aikon Venturer is the Royal Oak Offshore, a testosterone-implanted rendition of the original.
The treated steel structure holds its dynamic Aikon engineering with a barrel-molded case, sharp, inclining incorporated hauls and a round bezel. The 44mm width and 15mm stature are quite standard measurements for a games chronograph, yet the case has gone through changes to receive its new character as an openworked chronograph. There was at that point a chronograph model, with shut dial (as seen above) however the new development required some evolutions.
In the primary spot, the brushed bezel is more slender and the six trademark hooks/arms highlighted on the ordinary rendition of the Aikon have been adjusted to show 10-minute stretches. Since the bezel is more slender, the six hooks project over the gem covering the dial. You can see however how the first section in the hooks is highlighted on the bezel yet straightened on the top to accommodate the numbers, which are engraved on a cleaned surface. Clearly a chronograph needs pushers and the Aikon has decided on screwed, brushed and cleaned pushers that assurance water-obstruction. The crown has additionally been returned to for additional grasp and highlights profound depressions in the dark PVD base.
The two sub-dials are masterminded evenly and have been sliced by laser to dispose of however much material as could reasonably be expected with little seconds at 9 o’clock and the 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. The sub-dials are a dim tone with dark markings and held set up by four arms of a similar tone. Playing with a range of light and dull grays, the development is treated with DLC dark gold.
Unlike the Masterpiece Chronograph Skeleton , the sub-dials of the Aikon Chronograph Skeleton are shown with little radiant hands and not stylised wheels that block the view on the development. The rhodium-plated hours and minutes hands are short and treated with lume while the focal chronograph hand is blue. Aside from the twofold minutes/seconds track on the outskirts – one in dark on the spine, and a more modest white track moved to the precious stone – the remainder of the dial uncovers the specialists driving the chronograph. The barrel and the equilibrium wheel are totally obvious alongside the interchange of cog wheels and the dull bridges.
The invert side of the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Chronograph Skeleton reveals more subtleties of the automatic chronograph type ML206 dependent on the reliable cam-and-switch Valjoux 7753. The Valjoux-controlled Maurice Lacroix chronograph development probably won’t be pretty much as intriguing as a section wheel chronograph, yet is an exact and dependable partner permitting ML to hold its costs within proper limits. Beating at 28,800vph, the development has a force hold of 48 hours. The rear of the development highlights standard gets done with vertical Geneva stripes on the scaffolds and the openworked rotor.
The progress of this skeletonised chronograph from the fancier, less specialized Masterpiece case to the more tough Aikon has implied various variations. On the off chance that you compare this model to the current Aikon Skeleton 45mm or even a shut dial Aikon Chronograph , you can perceive how this model has needed to forfeit probably the most conspicuous qualities of the Aikon (thick bezel with hooks) family.
However, the penance isn’t to no end since, in such a case that you will have a skeletonised chronograph, the thought is to offer the most review room conceivable. Furthermore, the view is very amazing drawing the eye towards the focal point of the dial and down towards the mechanical show.
Strap and price
The dark calfskin tie with hand-sewed white boundaries and the applied M logo comes with a steel collapsing fasten and includes the Easychange framework for DIY tie changes. The Maurice Lacroix Aikon Chronograph Skeleton retails for CHF 6,900. For more data, if it’s not too much trouble, counsel mauricelacroix.com .