Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Supercharged Watch

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Supercharged Watch

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Supercharged Watch    watch releases

Is the “big watch” going to make a comeback for 2014? That is hard to say, but Swiss Maurice Lacroix has an XXL-sized horological entrant with their 48mm wide sized Pontos S Supercharged. It continues the Pontos S legacy that began in 2012, and last year in 2013 resulted in the Pontos S Extreme (hands-on here). The Extreme had some interesting colors and now the Supercharged is all about bold design and size.

We’ve always liked the Pontos S for its forward-thinking design and sharp modern looks while conforming to traditional standards of legibility and functionality. And don’t forget that cool crown for the inner rotating bezel that is connected to the chronograph start/stop pusher. All of that is retained in the Pontos S Supercharged, but with some design updates and a different movement. While the standard Pontos S chronograph made use of a Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750, the Pontos S Supercharged will make use of the still very uncommon Valgranges caliber. What is that you ask? Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Supercharged Watch    watch releases

In 2009 Swiss ETA began to release a new family of mechanical movements intended for larger sized watches. Larger than the Valjoux 7750, the Valgranges functional equivalent is the caliber A07.211. To put things into perspective, while the 7750 is just under 30mm wide, the A07.211 is just under 37mm wide. That extra 7mm helps it have more spread out subdials and can take larger hands. It also fills the case in a more satisfying manner. As of 2014, finding the various Valgranges family movements is still rare, and it is interesting to see them pop up for the new Pontos S Supercharged collection. The movement still operates at a 28,800 bph frequency, and has just a bit more power reserve of 46 hours.

The Pontos S Supercharged case will come in steel (with red trim) but also have a PVD black version (with yellow trim). Water resistance is once again 200 meters and it will have a domed AR coated sapphire crystal. The straps seem to mix perforated leather with textile for a pretty cool look. If you have been looking for a larger good looking sport watch and 48mm wide is your sweet spot, then the 2014 Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Supercharged might be your thing. mauricelacroix.com

6 comments
Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Glad to see the larger movement.  I really dislike bunched up sub-dials; it screams of lazy design, shoving a tiny movement into a large and mostly empty case.  It looks OK but I still think the Masterpiece series is far more desirable.  The knurling makes it look cheap.

MikeinFrankfurt
MikeinFrankfurt

48mm...ugh.  In 40-42mm in black and silver, this might actually be interesting.  As it stands, it looks too much like a bad department store quartz watch in this size and in these colors, IMO.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

What fries me a bit is that ETA did not make the A07 family thinner. The are just as thick as a 775x movement and of course have a larger diameter. I realize one of their goals was to be dimensionally the same as a 7750 so they could go into cases designed  for a 7750, but if they had 'spread out' the wheel train and maybe did two thinner barrels, they could have made a much thinner movement. As it is, the A07 movements result in watches the are just a tall as a 7750 based watch. Missed opportunity as I see it.

Regarding this Maurice LaCroix piece. I like the internal bezel set via a ring concentric with the chrono pusher at 2. But otherwise, there is not much distinctive about it (except that it is 48 mm for no real good reason). Not my favorite MLC piece (hey wait, those are my initials too).

Grinnie Jax
Grinnie Jax

Reminds me of IWC Aquatimer... Badly...

star42
star42

Maurice Lacroix should be expecting a call from IWC's lawyers very soon....

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

@Ulysses31  This is a bang-on assesment. The most redeeming quality of this watch is that they used a movement to accommodate the larger dial. For reference, check out the latest Tissot Seastar chronograph as the antithesis of what we see here - a huge (48mm?) watch, with ETAs C01.211 chronograph - just a broken-down 7750 (6 vs. 12 hour register I think), and because the movment is so small compared to the dial, the chrono registers are laughably smashed into the middle of the dial. 

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