Baselworld 2013, Day Two: Maurice Lacroix, Chopard, Carl F. Bucherer

Chopard_EngineOne_front_150On my second day of appointments at the 2013 Baselworld watch fair, I discovered a number of intriguing new timepieces, including a slew of “affordable luxury” pieces from Maurice Lacroix, Chopard’s second-most-complicated watch ever, and Carl F. Bucherer’s first tourbillon.

Maurice Lacroix, now majority-owned, we learned at the show,  by Asian conglomerate DKSH,  obviously has big plans for growth in the U.S. and elsewhere. The brand showed what seemed like dozens of new watch models across several collections.

The Masterpiece Lune Retrograde (front and back, below) now has an in-house automatic movement with more decorative finishing. One of Maurice Lacroix’s signature pieces, this watch can be had for $8,300.

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The most interesting new Masterpiece model, the Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse (on the wrist, below) reminded me a bit of the brand’s unconventional Roue Carrée from a few years ago, with the dial-mounted square wheel. This watch, limited to 125 pieces and costing $14,100, has off-center hours and minutes and a big seconds subdial with a revolving, propeller-like seconds hand that moves around the quadrants of the subdial, which has 60, 15, 30 and 45 indicated a the north, south, east and west positions.

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Maurice Lacroix also unveiled quite a few new pieces in its Pontos divers’ watch collection, including a three-hand version ($3,400) which has a new screw-down pusher system to rotate the bezel and is more water-resistant than the original chronograph version; and the Pontos S Extreme (three color variations pictured below), that use a new, patented case material called “PowerLite” (made of aluminum, ceramic, magnesium, titanium, and zirconium) and incorporate the design input of automobile innovator Henrik Fisker.

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About Mark Bernardo

Mark Bernardo is the digital media editor of WatchTime magazine, responsible for developing and overseeing the editorial content on WatchTime.com as well as for WatchTime's tablet editions for the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. As WatchTime's managing editor, from 2006 through 2011, he has written about numerous watch companies from major brands like Omega, TAG Heuer and Piaget, to exclusive artisan lines such as Jean Dunand, De Bethune and DeWitt. Prior to joining WatchTime, he was the editor of Smoke, a lifestyle magazine for cigar enthusiasts, whose beats included cigars, watches, cars, wines and spirits, celebrities, men's fashion, and other subjects, and has written about luxury items for a variety of men's-interest publications, including Robb Report, Robb Report Motorcycling, Stratos, Worth, and Bloomberg Markets.

Comments

  1. Steve Cseplo says:

    The Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse is one of the ugliest watches I have seen recently.

    Have to wonder, what were they thinking.

    Just my opinion.

    Steve

  2. Pat Rondilla says:

    Thank you again for the update.. Looking forward for the next one..

  3. Debashish says:

    Thanks a lot for bringing Baselworld 2013 to watch-loving people!

    And I must say great report and fantastic pictures of fabulous watches!

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