March 18, 2013

Basel 2013 MAURICE LACROIX Pontos S Extreme Review

Basel 2013 MAURICE LACROIX Pontos S Extreme
Pre Basel 2013 MAURICE LACROIX Pontos S Extreme
  So much to say about this impeccable chronograph, not sure W&R can do it any better than the press release itself. That said, feast your eyes on this fine reading material!
Press Release:
  When traditional watchmaking is combined with high-tech solutions and materials, time takes on a whole new dimension. The Pontos S Extreme impresses from the very first glance. With its assured, self-confident, masculine look and sporty image, it is available in three different colors. Its automatic three-counter chronograph mechanism follows the rhythm of the oscillations of its ML112 caliber. Propelled into the innovative and high-tech world of fine watchmaking by its technical features, the special alloy used for these Maurice Lacroix timepieces reinforces the durability and makes the watches light weight.
  Powerlite®. Exclusive to Maurice Lacroix, the material from which the Postos S Extreme watch case (both bezel and case middle) is made is an alloy of five elements: aluminum, magnesium, titanium, zirconium and ceramic. The crown and the push-buttons are made exclusively of titanium. The robustness, durability and also the light weight of this timepiece are irreproachable. Two limited editions models are available in, blue or khaki through the anodization process. A treatment used on metal surfaces tried and tested in the automotive industry, as well as aeronautics and architecture, anodization is an electrolytic chemical process through which color pigments are inserted directly into the pores of the material concerned. When modified in this way the structure of the metal is reinforced.
  The Pontos S Extreme in black has a vibrant, sporty elegance that is strikingly contemporary. Designed by Henrik Fisker, who created many of the most emblematic BMW and Aston Martin cars, it embodies the power and determination of instruments that are authentic, mechanically irreproachable and envied by all. Another distinguishing feature of the Pontos S Extreme is a patent-pending mechanism which regulates time duration through the crown: linked to the chronograph's push-button, the mechanism activates a rotating bezel located inside the watch case to protect it from unintentional movement. The three counters occupy their positions on the dial in well-balanced harmony. Ensuring perfect readability, the black sand-blasted dial is enhanced by hands, applied indexes and a rotating bezel that are all highlighted with luminescent material. A NATO strap adds the final touch to a watch whose strong character is matched only by its exceptional energy.
Technical Specifications:
MovementMechanical automatic, personalised ML112 calibre (Valjoux 7750 base movement), 25 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, 46-hour power reserve
FunctionsHours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph
CaseSandblasted black, khaki or blue Powerlite®, 43 mm
Black and red inner rotating bezel
Cambered sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides and engraved caseback
Water-resistant to 200 m (20 ATM/660 ft)
DialBlack, sunray-brushed
12-hour and 30-minute counters and small seconds at 6, 12 and 9 o’clock
Date window at 6 o’clock
Bracelet/StrapNATO-type nylon matching the dial with titanium buckle

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