The only useful mechanical complication for car fanatics has to be the chronograph. While the obvious choice might be a watch like the Daytona, Speedmaster, Carrera or Navitimer, you also might want to take a look at the Pontos S Extreme. This chronograph made by Maurice Lacroix is an interesting alternative to the aforementioned obvious choices.
While the Maurice Lacroix company is relatively young they certainly do appreciate (and practice) the art of traditional Swiss watchmaking. For the design of the Pontos S Extreme, Maurice Lacroix called in the help of Henrik Fisker. This is the guy who’s responsible for the design of a number of sporty BMW and Aston Martin cars, as well as the Founder and Executive Chairman of Fisker Automotive. This should give the readers of MotoringExposure a comfortable feeling.
One of the features of the Pontos S Extreme is a patent-pending mechanism which regulates time duration through the crown; linked to the chronograph’s push-button, the mechanism activates a rotating bezel located inside the watchcase to protect it from unintentional movement.
The Pontos S Extreme has that typical ETA/Valjoux 7750 dial layout: small seconds at 9 o’clock, hour recorder at 6 o’clock and the minute recorder at 12 o’clock. The central seconds-hand is the chronograph seconds recorder. The date aperture has been positioned at 6 o’clock as well, to keep the necessary space at 3 o’clock for the brand name and logo. Maurice Lacroix renamed this classic chronograph movement with proven track record caliber ML112.
In a world where the use of materials is about to become as important as in F1 racing, Maurice Lacroix has used an alloy of five materials for the watchcase. It’s called Powerlite (exclusive to Maurice Lacroix) and consists of aluminum, magnesium, titanium, zirconium and ceramic. Except for the crown and chronograph pushers, these are crafted out of titanium. The use of these materials creates a cool sporty look and surely makes it a lightweight timepiece for everyday wear.
Besides the normal (black) edition with red accents on the dial and chronograph start/stop pusher, there are two limited editions available in either blue or khaki through the anodization process. This is a treatment on the metal surface that also has been tried and tested in the automotive industry.
With a diameter of 43mm, this watch seems to adopt the current accepted standards in sizes. Large watches are not for everyone, and 43mm is just a tad bit larger than the aforementioned iconic timepieces of other brands.
Although we believe the Masterpiece collection of Maurice Lacroix represents their skills with regards to fine watchmaking, the Pontos collection is definitely worth investigating as well. Especially when you are a sucker to sports (chronograph or diving) watches. Those who follow the watch news a bit might have noticed that Maurice Lacroix is well underway to become recognized in the USA as well. The US could become of one their most important markets, as we’ve noticed that watch brands who are not part of ‘the usual suspects’ are more likely to be adopted by the watch enthusiast in the US than in Europe.
The Pontos collection and this Pontos S Extreme as well, definitely will match your own sporty character and passion for sports cars. The Pontos S Extreme will also perfectly blend in with a suit during business days. However, we rather see this watch being worn with a polo shirt or t-shirt. If you are a more or suit wearing guy, we suggest that you have a look at the impressive line-up of complicated watches in the Masterpiece range.
The Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Extreme comes with a leather strap (with contrasting stitching) and a sporty NATO strap. For more information about Maurice Lacroix, visit www.mauricelacroix.com or follow them on #instagram. The US representatives of this brand are pretty active on there and will share a lot of pictures of the (new) collections.
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Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Extreme Gallery
[Source: Maurice Lacroix]