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Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity Harrods Exclusive Limited Edition Watch

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity Harrods Exclusive Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Maurice Lacroix launched their first in-house calibre in 2008. Since then, the Saignelégier-based brand has upped its catalogue of in-house-made movements to 13. As well as focusing on in-house development, the company has been churning-out an impressive 90,000 watches a year. In light of such productivity, it’s nice to see they’ve still got time for the odd curiosity. Recently, we saw the release of the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity Harrods Exclusive Limited Edition watch in London, which will be limited to just three pieces.

Now, that’s a mouthful of a name, but it seems to have been justified by the interest this piece has already received (rumour has it the watch sold out before it even went on display). We’ve seen watches created for Harrods before (check out the MeisterSinger Salthora Meta here), and they seem to sell like hotcakes. Limiting a watch’s run increases desirability automatically. Watch collectors go nuts for rare objects, especially those by established brands. But there is plenty to like about the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity Harrods Exclusive Limited Edition watch aside from its scarcity-appeal.

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity Harrods Exclusive Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The watch has a very sleek appearance from the front. This style of floating dials and exposed mainplates with decorated dial-sides is polarising, but well-executed in this instance. Maurice Lacroix have chosen to keep things relatively simple with the functional elements that the open dial reveals. The balance wheel is proudly displayed on the left-hand side of the dial, visible from a multitude of angles thanks to the “glass-box” sapphire crystal. I’m quite a fan of these tall-sided crystals. I’ve seen them used to great effect on a couple of high-end Breguet watches, as well as on the case backs of a the new Omega Dark Side of the Moon range (hands-on here).

It really emphasizes the levels of chunky, architecturally bold movements like this. There isn’t much in the way of superfluous filigree to the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity Harrods Exclusive Limited Edition watch, but what does exist is incredibly solid. The dial side of the mainplate (or main bridge, as you might prefer to call it in the somewhat topsy-turvy context of this movement) is decorated with the exclusive “Vague du Jura” pattern and acts as a muted backdrop to the two blue dials by which the time is indicated. The pattern looks very much like a classic Côtes de Genève decoration and may only differ in name.

The top dial indicates the hours and the minutes, while the bottom dial is home to a running seconds hand, which partially obscures the back-end of the gear train. As well as the mainplate, the dial-side of the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity Harrods Exclusive Limited Edition watch features four cocks including the balance cock. The cocks reach out towards the balance, like fingers pointing towards an object of interest. From the render made available to us, it is unclear what the cock immediately to the right of the balance cock is there for (it appears to be a phantom wedge), but the cocks around 6 and 5 o’clock carry the silicium escape wheel and the final wheel of the gear train.

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Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity Harrods Exclusive Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

The Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity was the first timepiece to feature a fully silicium balance, and the calibre ML230 used in the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity Harrods Exclusive Limited Edition continues that trend. The ML230 is visible through a sapphire case back, although there are, unfortunately, no images of this available. The in-house ML230 is an automatic calibre with 35 jewels, an 18,000vph operating speed, and a 50-hour power reserve. The plates, cocks, and bridges are rhodium plated. Aside from the main bridge, which is brought to life by the Vague du Jura decoration, all other surfaces are either media-blasted or brushed.

The case is 43mm wide and is made of stainless steel. The glass-box sapphire has anti-reflective coating on both sides. The case back screws down, boasts an edge-to-edge crystal, and is engraved with the serial number to indicate which in this ultra-limited range of three it is. The Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity Harrods Exclusive Limited Edition is water resistant to 50 metres and comes on a black alligator strap with a fold-over clasp in steel. With only three models available, this watch will likely sell out quickly. If you miss out on the chance to own or view it, you can check out the similar models from Maurice Lacroix, such as the version we went hands-on with here, and more on the brand’s website. Price for the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity Harrods Exclusive Limited Edition is available on request. mauricelacroix.com

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  • WINKS

    From a brand that has put itself on the market for sale since July…good to see they are still ploughing ahead.

  • Marius

    The word `cock` was used a bit too much in this article.

    • I_G

      Male chauvinist pigs!

    • DanW94

      “Fifty Dial Shades of Grey” – ABTW edition.

      • iamcalledryan

        Get your bridge out

        • “Rock out with your bridge out” doesn’t have the same ring to it.

  • BNABOD

    I quite like what ML has been putting out. Modern, yet classy pieces and at the same time suffering an identity crisis. I own a Pontos Retro chrono and it is a very good looking race inspired sporty chronograph and very well finished. I hope the brand does not end up being sliced and diced.

  • Just an option in terms of color and “dial” finish IMO as this is otherwise the same as the 2 previously available versions. Nothing wrong with that of course. And the “what is that cock for” part is on the other variants too. Ah Rob, I feel for you, I had the same problem a year or two ago – MLC only gives you a single image to work with (from a press release).

    • iamcalledryan

      Re the cock, unless it’s for the auto-rotor transmission (which would make no sense on the dial side) there is no functional purpose for it (it is in blank space on gear trains). This is further suggested by the lack of jewel. They lose one point for a superfluous cock.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaXLem2f6BI

      • I was about to make a comment regarding “superfluous cocks”, but I think it’s better than I don’t.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    For such an exclusive piece I would have expected to see something a bit more elaborate than this. Its not that I don’t like it, I would wear it in a second but the metal work and other aspects of the over all look just doesn’t have the wow factor about it ,

  • word-merchant

    Unfortunately the name Maurice Lacroix sounds like the name of a cheap aftershave you’d buy on QVC: one that’d give you a nasty rash and make you deeply attractive to stray dogs. Can’t take them seriously as a result, and this watch doesn’t really make things better.

    • iamcalledryan

      Well if you judge a book by the name of it’s author you will struggle to amass the requisite words to live up to your username.

      • word-merchant

        Worry not, I didn’t just judge the watch by its name: I don’t like how it looks either.

  • iamcalledryan

    It’s gorgeous, despite the awful images. I held the Only Watch version a few weeks ago and love it. One question – aren’t ML in administration right now??

    • Ariel Adams

      No, I don’t think that is the situation with the company which implies they are bankrupt – correct? Rather, information I received recently seemed to indicate that the company is running as normal but its parent company DKSH has publicly announced Maurice Lacroix is for sale in an attempt to find the right buyer.

      • iamcalledryan

        Got it. And I am pleased that they are still operating. Really like some of their watches and the Gravity sits high as an alternative to the pricier and more costly Breguet Tradition range (which I would sell a limb for – any buyers?).

  • Ulysses31

    I didn’t realise Harrods had quite that sort of pull, but I am not surprised. Would be a lovely watch but the sub-dial screws ruin it for me.

    • iamcalledryan

      If you go to London you have to check out their “Watch Room” – it was unveiled a couple years ago I think.

    • Agree – the screws on the dials should go.

  • “With only three models available, this watch will likely sell out quickly.”

    Especially to fans of multiple cocks, like Sasha Grey, or Lindsey Graham.

  • Twinbarrel

    https://www.ablogtowatch.com/maurice-lacroix-masterpiece-gravity-watch-hands/

    Just a few days ago I left a comment on James Stacey’s article about the ‘regular’ Gravity. There not much regular about this timepiece and it is the world class production of great minds and a plan to build on a continued vision of Rene Baumann, ML retired production manager. Only 250 made in each version is still pretty rare and something I as a collector would love to bring home. As the trend in market values of fine timepieces seem in decline (or at the doorstep of bust I should say) I can’t see the value of this watch be affected much by gravity.

    • The Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece collection is not widely recognized amongst collectors. I would say the Masterpiece Gravity, Chronograph, Square Wheel and Wandering Hours are all notable watches.

  • SuperStrapper

    I’m less fussed by the screws on the dials than I am with the need for a sub seconds dial. Can’t the ma ma just have centre seconds, and then have a subdial with a pointer date? Or even better, lose the other subdial and include a grande date? This a sticker of $availableuponrequest, so you know the watch will be expensive, and so there is no reason it can’t be more refined.

  • Prefer the original version(s). Still, a bold and beautiful mechanical watch.

    As expected, the “open dial and balance cock watch” – the cock watch for short – has become its own mini-genre:

    GO Panoinverse, AP Millenary 4101, AP CronAP, ML Gravity…and there are probably a few more.

    Lots of options at every price point. We’ve probably reached saturation though.

  • Twinbarrel

    I won’t argue that as it wasn’t for me either until I started to look deeper into the timepiece, it’s development and the company strategy. Certainly now we don’t know what is going to happen with ML in the future since another company might purchase it. We cannot know what to expect but the last time ML was purchased greater things happened. Some part of the collection then was discontinued and I still read that their old ML reverso was a damn good watch and certainly expected that to be kept in their collection. Hopefully some company has big plans to boost ML’s undervalued quality image.

    • Baume et Mercier + (1/2 x Chopard LUC) = Maurice Lacroix

      As a collector, I really like the Masterpiece series. They are unique and stylish. Given the brand is currently for sale, I’d advise waiting to see who takes the reins before purchasing one of these watches. Or rather, I’m factoring that uncertainty into my valuation of the watches.

      • Twinbarrel

        I’m with you on that too. Although what if…
        As a business man I always find it a’must’ to make money in the buy and because of that nature I am losing out on deals very often. The same goes on my quest for certain timepieces. But when I can get a very good deal on a ML Gravity I might just get out my chequebook. Lol

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