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The Sporty Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph

The Pontos, revamped in 2020, gets a makeover into a sports-oriented chronograph.

| By Robin Nooy | 2 min read |

It might seem from time to time that the immense success of the Maurice Lacroix Aikon collection overshadows other models in the brand’s portfolio. Sure, the Aikon has proven to be hugely popular and comes in a wide range of styles, but there’s far more to Maurice Lacroix of course. The Pontos for instance is a well-established collection within the brand and is also available in many guises. From a classy dress watch to dive watches and even a monopusher chronograph, there’s a lot going on with the Pontos. The collection was refreshed in 2020, and now the Pontos Chronograph gets a sporty makeover. This is the new Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph.

With the refresh in 2020, Maurice Lacroix updated most of the Pontos collection, including the Pontos Chronograph. This rather classic yet contemporary watch was presented with a white or grey dial and classical hour numerals. The Pontos S Chronograph gets a far more sporty appeal, as the S designates. This comes in a 43mm wide stainless steel case with the familiar Pontos design. The biggest difference to the existing Pontos Chronographs is the external black ceramic bezel with tachymeter scale. The crown is flanked by two elongated chronograph pushers, just like its siblings.

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The new Pontos S Chronograph is available with a deep blue or silvery-white dial, both with a typical tricompax layout and a sandblasted finish. The subdials for the small seconds, chronograph 30-minutes and 12-hours are given a sailing pattern and contrasting rings. The silvery-white version has a Panda-like look with two of the three registers done in dark grey. Surrounding the dial are faceted hour indices, luminous rectangles, and a sloped minute flange. The sword-shaped central hour and minute hands are luminous as well, and the chronograph seconds hand has a contrasting red tip. The final detail is the double window for the day and date indication at 3 o’clock.

The movement used for the Pontos S Chronograph is the same as we’ve seen in the Pontos Chronograph. The Calibre ML112, based on a Sellita, can be seen through the sapphire crystal caseback. This provides a power reserve of 42 hours and runs at a frequency of 28,800vph (4Hz). Functions include central hours and minutes, small seconds, chronograph 12-hours, chronograph 30-minutes and chronograph seconds, as well as the day of the week and the date. The finishing includes circular graining, Côtes de Genève, rhodium-plating and more.

The new Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph comes on either a three-link stainless steel bracelet or alternatively on a deep blue or dark grey nylon/textile strap. The straps come with the signature Maurice Lacroix logo on the long end. The Pontos S Chronograph is also offered as a full set, with both bracelet and strap. It retails for CHF 3,100, (strap), CHF 3,250 (bracelet) or CHF 3,380 (full set) and is available as of now.

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