Pre-Baselworld 2018: Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic Skeleton


In 1990, Maurice Lacroix launched one of its most iconic models ever – the Calypso. Equipped with a quartz movement and a highly distinctive case with the signature “six-arms” bezel, this 90’s classic graced the wrists of numerous wearers and proved very successful. Two years ago, the Swiss watchmaker updated the iconic watch, naming it the Aikon. Featuring a more modernized look than its predecessor, the Aikon has so far been available in four models, each equipped with a quartz movement. This changes with the new Aikon Automatic Skeleton (ref. AI6028-SS001-030-1) – the first Aikon watch with a self-winding caliber…and it’s a skeletonized one! :)

Skeletonizing movements is not something new to Maurice Lacroix. Openwork timepieces represent an important part of the brand’s DNA. Several generations of its watches have featured this watchmaking principle which includes hollowing the movement without compromising its structural integrity. Maurice Lacroix has been skeletonizing its watches since 1993 and the introduction of the Calypso Skeleton. This signature technique has so far mostly been seen in the Masterpiece collection and now it makes its debut in the Aikon range.

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The self-winding movement is structured in five concentric circles

 

For the new Aikon Automatic Skeleton, Maurice Lacroix developed a new type of movement. Skeletonized according to a whole new pattern, the calibre ML234 is the result of an aesthetic and functional redesign of the hand-wound skeleton ML134 movement – one of the brand’s first in-house movements. The calibre ML234 is structured in five concentric circles. Featuring a black DLC treatment, the bridges run diagonally through the entire watch. The central canal is lower and sandblasted while the outline of the bridges is one level higher and satin-brushed. All of the movement’s parts are hollowed out, including the barrel, balance wheel, and even the winding mechanism, which is a rare accomplishment in watchmaking. Visible through the caseback, the oscillating rotor has a new design and includes the drawing of the brand’s logo.

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The one-piece case and the highly distinctive “six arms” bezel are signature features of the Aikon range

 

The latest Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic Skeleton is housed in a 45mm stainless steel case that is water resistant to 100 meters. Featuring a combination of brushed and polished finishes, the case has a round bezel with six arms positioned once every two hours. The case does not have lugs but instead there are two prongs that descend on the bracelet and follow its shape. The Aikon Automatic Skeleton is the first Maurice Lacroix timepiece to feature the brand’s Easychange system which allows the wearer to easily remove the strap in just a few seconds. The black alligator leather strap is cut out to accommodate the two small prongs that command the spring bars’ opening.

Featuring 34 jewels, the calibre ML234 beats at a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of approximately 52 hours. The movement’s functions include hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock. These are displayed on a transparent sapphire dial with rhodium-plated indexes and hands. The new Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic Skeleton will be officially introduced at the upcoming Baselworld 2018 (March 22-27).

 

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