This anthracite case contrasts nicely with the dark blue lacquered dial. A notable feature of the Gravity is its off-center displays: the main dial, showing the hour and minutes, is placed at 2 o’clock, with the small seconds subdial beneath it at 4. The main dial is domed at its center and held in place with two mirror-polished screws at 3 and 9 o’clock. The minutes track around the dial is rhodium plated.
To the left of the time displays you can see the main bridges, which have a sandblasted finish and beveled edges. Beneath 9 o’clock the all-silicon escapement is visible. It beats at 18,000 vph, a slower speed that is better for the material’s longevity. In total, Caliber ML320 has 188 parts, with 35 jewels. Its power reserve is 50 hours. It has been adjusted in five positions. The Masterpiece Gravity 40th costs $14,900.
If the Masterpiece Gravity 40th isn’t quite your style, there are two other new Gravity models that the brand brought out at Basel. The first is the classic execution – what the brand calls “No. 1 Gravity Limited.” This version has more in common with the 2014 issue of the Gravity, but there are certain important changes. Underneath the dial, the mainplate has fine côtes de Genève finishing. The dials are plated with white lacquer; the dauphine hands are made of 2N gold. This is the only version of the three this year to have Roman numerals on the main dial. The watch is available on a black or brown crocodile strap with a folding clasp. It is a limited edition of 250 pieces. Price: $13,900.
Last comes the most avant-garde version of the Gravity. The contemporary execution, also known as “No. 3 Gravity Limited,” has a black PVD-treated steel case (43 mm in diameter, just like its sisters). The dial is in black lacquer and is rhodium plated. The markings on the seconds dial are in white and red print; the hands are rhodium plated. It comes on a black crocodile strap with a black PVD buckle. It is also a 250-piece limited edition, and also priced at $13,900.