If you love cars and you want to buy a watch that expresses that love, the foremost important aspect is that the watch needs to be a chronograph. A relatively newly-found brand with a number of very cool and affordable mechanical chronograph watches is Maurice de Mauriac. The brand was founded in 1997 by Daniel Dreifuss after he was convinced that there was still enough room for new Swiss watch brands, and focuses on mechanical watches with a contemporary design.
It is this Maurice de Mauriac brand that grabbed back to the heydays of car racing by showing a modern-looking chronograph with a ‘Le Mans’ pattern on the dial that reminds us of the Porsche 917 with Gulf striping.
These chronograph watches, labeled by Maurice de Mauriac as their Chronograph Modern collection, are powered by the proven ETA 7750 movement (formerly known as the Valjoux caliber 7750). Available in both 42mm and 45mm cases, there should always be a Chronograph Modern that will fit your wrist.
All of the Chronograph Modern Le Mans watches are made out of 316L stainless steel (most watch brands use this type of steel, except Rolex), have a screw-down crown, screw-down pushers (optional), a sapphire crystal and a display back. All of the ingredients for a modern sports watch are there. The large number on the dial, located at 9-o’clock can be chosen by the buyer of this Chronograph Modern timepiece.
There are a number of options you can check off on when ordering a Chronograph Modern, such as an optional alligator strap with folding clasp, screw-down pushers, DLC coating, and so on. The standard versions of the Chronograph Modern Le Mans (as shown here) start at CHF3650 Swiss Francs. It is also to-order a fitting NATO strap (with Gulf striping for example) for your Maurice de Mauriac chronograph piece.
Daniel Dreifuss is a true entrepreneur and knows his watches. And clients. A look at the official Maurice de Mauriac website will show you not only the current collection (with official pricing, which is still something rare in the watch industry) but also demonstrates that Dreifuss partners with a lot of people to market his watches. From bloggers to rappers to soccer players, Daniel Dreifuss is sharing his passion for watches to everyone who wants to join in.
More information about Maurice de Mauriac and their watches can be found here: http://www.mauricedemauriac.ch