Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of its Pontos collection in 2020, Maurice Lacroix presented an updated and refreshed version of its classic Pontos Chronograph. Housed in a large and elaborate 43mm case with plenty of details and finishings, the watch is a curious blend of sportiness and elegance. New references with black and gunmetal-grey dials available on steel bracelets or leather straps expand the collection.
Following the makeover of the Pontos Chronograph in 2020 with classic white and silver dials, the collection welcomed a blue dial in 2021. Unlike the sportier Pontos S Chronograph with panda dials, the classic Pontos Chronograph sticks to a single colour scheme, including a tone-on-tone smooth bezel. Although the brand states that there are four new references, there are, in fact, just two new dial colours – black and gunmetal grey – and a choice of a sporty metal bracelet or a more elegant imitation alligator leather strap.
The 43mm stainless steel case of the Pontos Chronograph has a height of 15mm and is water-resistant to 100 metres. As mentioned, the architecture of the case is fairly elaborate and highlighted with contrasting brushed and polished finishings. For example, the elongated, tapering and rounded oblong pushers are decorated with brushed top surfaces and polished sides and flank the large crown with its signature spiral knurling and the brand’s M in relief. Similar in shape to the pushers, the attractive stepped and curving lugs are also finished with polished top surfaces and brushed sides, just like the bezel.
The black sunray dial is fitted with contrasting rhodium-plated appliqués, while the grey dial displays a more refined sun-brushed lacquered dial with 4N gold (pink gold) appliqués. The Arabic hour numerals are applied and truncated at 12 and 6 o’clock to accommodate the larger 30-minute and 12-hour elapsed time sub-dials corresponding to the chronograph, while the smaller running seconds sub-dial is at 9 o’clock.
Further details like the snailed interiors of the three counters and the 4Ngold/rhodium-plated rings framing the chronograph counters attest to the effort invested in the finishings. Given its somewhat elegant pretensions, there is not a lot of lume on the dial, except for the spines of the partially skeletonised hour and minute hands and the tip of the central chronograph seconds hand that alights on the minute track on the flange. Completing the dial is the date window discreetly tucked into the 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock with a background matching the dial colour.
Visible through the exhibition caseback is the ML112 calibre, based on the robust Sellita SW500 automatic with a frequency of 28,800vph and a 42-hour power reserve. Decorated with circular graining and Côtes de Genève on the bridges, the sun-brushed rotor features vertical Côtes de Genève and the brand name and logo.
Availability & Price
The Pontos Chronograph 43mm is part of the permanent collection and retails for EUR 3,100 (incl. VAT) on the black calfskin leather imitation alligator strap and EUR 3,150 (incl. VAT) on the stainless steel bracelet. All models are delivered with the brand’s Easy-change system to switch the bracelet for a strap without the need for tools.
More information at mauricelacroix.com.