In traditional connotation, the dress watch is what you wear to an evening event, supposedly dressed to fit the occasion, in a suit or even a tuxedo. But what if your evening is about going out to bars, restaurants, and seaside clubs, where short sleeves and sandals are more welcome? You put on a watch that fits right in, a dress diver if you will, and the new editions of the Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver should be one of the few stylish choices to consider.
Maurice Lacroix launched the Pontos S Diver series in 2013, the company recently revealed a new 2023 model which we introduced to you a couple of weeks ago. The updated release concerns three models with 300m water resistance, two in stainless steel and one limited edition of 500 pieces in bronze. All three come in compressor-style cases of 42 mm in diameter, with twin crowns and an inner rotating bezel. This dive watch design certainly stood the test of time, but as it’s always about the details, here they are.
The in-house-made cases got much attention from the manufacture and exhibited brushed and polished surfaces, reflecting the light most favourably. The Pontos S Diver engraved caseback is held by six screws; the whole construction looks and feels solid and quite technical, and the crowns at 2 and 3 o’clock reinforce the look of a professional watch dressed to party. The polished lug chamfers and external bezel add a nice touch. The straps incorporate quick-release spring bars that allow you to change straps literally in seconds with no tools, which is handy should you decide to change your look before going out. Short, curved lugs make the relatively large Pontos S Diver wear comfortably on any strap, be it fabric, rubber, or calfskin (exclusive to the bronze version).
The new Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver offers a good balance between dive and dress watch aesthetics. It has a stylish, clean dial with enough details to support the sporty feel. The steel versions are offered with black or white dials, white and orange accents on a black base, and white and blue accents on a white base. The inner rotating bezel has a profile that adds depth (the white dial gets a game of shadows, too), and the crown with a coloured ring to match the dial accents, located at 2 o’clock, is inviting to try its function. The 3 o’clock screw-down crown for setting and winding the watch is not to complain about, though the original EPSA (Ervin Piquerez SA) layout (with crowns at 2 and 4 o’clock) would be welcomed, too.
The date aperture at 6 o’clock shows numerals on the background matching the dial colour, which is good. The ML115 movement is based on the Sellita SW200-1.
Spend some time with the new Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver. You will get the feeling of a wearable, functional and versatile watch that is sure to turn heads and will make you happy for more than just one summer on the sea, so most of the important boxes are checked, all for the price of EUR 2,100 (stainless steel) or EUR 2,650 for the fully brushed bronze version. To think of the competition, the Longines Legend Diver springs to mind right away, but Maurice Lacroix, though taking cues from the vintage timepieces, looks fresher and the clean, undamaged symmetry of the dial layout, especially noticeable with the white dial version, is rather unique.
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