Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Extreme Watch In Cool Colors

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Extreme Watch In Cool Colors

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Extreme Watch In Cool Colors Hands-On

Powerlite is a neat sounding name for an industrial alloy that Maurice Lacroix borrowed for their new Pontos S Extreme collection. I personally can’t attest to the “extreme” nature of the material (or watch), but it is an interesting metal that offers a pleasant tactile experience and light feel. It also apparently comes in blue. We go hands-on with a Maurice Lacroix’s new sporty chronograph collection for 2013.

In the future, hopefully the near future , the powers that be will perfect the production of colored ceramic materials that are preferred in the construction of watches. Right now one can only produce ceramic cases (for example) in a handful of mostly dark colors (with the exception of all white). I’ve seen attempts at other colors such as light pinks, blues, yellow, etc… They look washed out and powdery, and lack the punch most people want in a hue. Like I said, hopefully that will change in the near future as I would love to sport around watches produced in more interesting colors that are also durable and scratch resistant. Sure you can get a solid yellow watch, but it would either be plastic or delicate colored aluminum. That just won’t do.

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Extreme Watch In Cool Colors Hands-On

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Extreme Watch In Cool Colors Hands-On

So why am I seemingly going off on a tangent while discussing a watch without any ceramic parts (actually that isn’t entirely true), because Powerlite comes in blue! A color that you simply don’t find very often in case materials. It also comes in olive green and black. Now let me just say that while I appreciate the olive drab color that will appeal to your friendly and fashionable neighborhood militia member, I just don’t think it is going to be one of the top sellers. There isn’t anything wrong with it, but aside from playing an olive in a martini commercial, it feels particularly niche.

Black has been done. We have PVD black, and DLC black, as well as black ceramic of course (and more black materials for cases). The black version of the Pontos S Extreme isn’t bad (and it is a limited edition), but if Maurice Lacroix is able to color the Powerlite material in unique ways, then black feels a bit like a missed opportunity. Blue on the other hand is quite cool.

The deep blue color of that version of the Pontos S Extreme intrigues me. My first reaction was actually one of caution. I thought to myself that anyone seeing me wear it would think it was plastic. Why? Well because there really aren’t other good blue watches, so it is a safe thing for them to assume. If you are the only guy around with a blue metal watch, and the rest are plastic, then you probably run the risk of people being confused about it. Nevertheless, if you’ve been dreaming about a blue-cased watch, then your ship may have just arrived.

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Extreme Watch In Cool Colors Hands-On

What do you think?
  • I want it! (5)
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  • I love it! (1)
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  • Grinnie Jax

    Very attractive watch, it is typical for ML, but the minute hand looks like Jedi sword, no?

  • IvanGopey

    Now with that paging downloading of photo is simply awfull :((

    • IvanGopey Can you be a bit more clear about what you mean? Thank you

      • IvanGopey

        aBlogtoWatch IvanGopey Dear Ariel, I must to wait a long time for photos from your beautiful blog on my iPad. It become more hardly to follow you. You must to do something with output image from the server.

        • IvanGopey aBlogtoWatch Do you think this has to do with your internet bandwith? We try to develop for modest connections but hope for fast connections. Are you saying that the pages take a long time to load? We will test it on the iPad and see what happens.

        • IvanGopey

          aBlogtoWatch IvanGopey I have 100 MB line.
          Page downloading is good, but images are very hard to look.

        • SN0WKRASH

          IvanGopey aBlogtoWatch Hi, Looks like we added somefunctionality a couple of days ago designed to improve loading times of images, but after testing it on tablets and phones, it made that experience worse.  I’m disabling that functionality now.  Please tell me if that fixed image loading for you on your iPad.  Thanks for reporting it!

        • IvanGopey

          Thx a lot. Now it’s totally different feelings from serfing the ABTW.
          And if we began this theme, fix up please another iPad bug: very often page is download without comments on iPad and I must to reload it.

        • SN0WKRASH

          IvanGopey Glad that’s working for you, now. I’ll take a look at that other issue on the iPad.  Thank you!

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  • Ulysses31

    Love the watch; the colours make it fresh; I was never keen on the regular versions.  Blue cases and dials should be used more often; there’s a human affinity for that colour that recent research says may even have an evolutionary basis.  There are so many watches I would buy if only they had an attractive colour accent.  Citizen also use colour on their cases in their AR 2.0 series but their use of it is modest and of course no clever alloy is used.  Paint, powder coating (which is tough) and seven lacquer layers – sounds cheap but that’s fine for people who crave colour but don’t want to stump up the cash for the Pontos.  Really don’t give a damn about Fisker, I just hope his endorsement doesn’t jack up the price of the watch unnecessarily.

  • Grinnie Jax

    Dear Ariel, could you please explain a bit more what did you mean with “Inside the Pontos S Extreme, is an in-house Maurice Lacroix regulated Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic.” Does this “in-house” make it different from standard Valjoux 7750?

    • Hacker4748

      Grinnie Jax I assume that was supposed to mean “in-house (Maurice Lacroix) regulated”.

    • Grinnie Jax Basically that when they take the 7750 movement they regulate it for accuracy in-house. This is done a lot, but to various degrees depending on the brand.

      • Ulysses31

        aBlogtoWatch Grinnie Jax Just curious, but couldn’t a competent watch-maker do this for you?  Would it cost a lot to do that?  I’m just wondering if the manufacturer adds a hefty mark-up for something that could potentially be done cheaper by someone else.

  • Jus_ad_bellum

    good looking watch, the movement has been around for awhile and is fairly common from what I understand, so I’m thinking a tad overpriced IMHO

  • Ryan B

    This watch is perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing on it. Reminds me of a few IWC models.

  • MarkOs

    The Pontos was one of the options on my shopping list last year but decided against it because of the location of the date window at 6 o’clock within the sub dial. In the flesh on the previous model I found this very difficult to read.
    Unless this case material is super special the price seems high to me.

  • aleximd2000

    it is very beautiful but for this price range I would buy something else i believe

  • Hope the watch does better than the car company 🙂

  • Neil C

    The Olive rocks it, but not for the price, it doesn’t convey that so well, despite all the things I like about it/

  • Lesthepom

    Don’t mined M/L there watches do look like watches not fashion acssories the pontos is a good looking watch and the new colors really make them stand out the blue is verry striking will have a look when my local dealer gets one in but at this price the fancy color is not going to get me to spend that sort of cash may be when it ends up on amazon or the like

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