Baselworld is the ideal place to see rare and interesting pieces that you won’t likely find at your local authorized dealer. One such piece that we really enjoyed is the new Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity. Packing a considerable visual punch from an offset dial and fully exposed assortment, the Gravity offers a huge amount of charm and comes in two distinct versions showing two different expressions of a very cool design.
Available in a more classically-inspired steel version or the more modern anthracite PVD, the Masterpiece Gravity is 43 mm wide and sports a domed sapphire crystal that acts like a magnifier for the edge of the dial. Visually, the combination of the animation provided by the active balance wheel and the static details of the skeletonized assortment, the colorful sub seconds display, and overall fine finishing makes for a very special piece from Maurice Lacroix.
Featuring their new ML230 manufacture calibre, Maurice Lacroix has given the Masterpiece Gravity an all-silicon assortment (balance staff, pallet lever, pallet staff, escapement wheel and escapement wheel pinion) and an alloy hairspring. Overall animation is excellent as the movement runs at 2.5 Hz and so much of the front view of the watch is dedicated to viewing the activity of the movement. Accuracy is ensured by ML testing the Gravity in five positions with a full 50 hour power reserve and then testing two positions again after 24 hours.
Another important element of the movement is that Maurice Lacroix actually produces most if not all of it. That includes even the hairspring, showing that Maurice Larcroix (like others) is getting more and more serious about in-house made movements.
On wrist, the Gravity is sure to bring a smile to your face. The steel version features Clou de Paris finishing on the area around the dial, which is classic in design, with roman numerals and blued steel hands. The subdial for seconds provides an additional pop of color with a red scale and a matching blued steel hand.