Maurice Lacroix Pontos Décentrique Phase De Lune


Maurice Lacroix has updated their Pontos collection with a new exciting watch, the Pontos Décentrique Phase De Lune. You don’t have to speak French to figure out what this timepiece has to offer: a decentralized indication of time, as well as a neat moon phase indicator placed in a nice, clean layout. This isn’t actually the first time such design (and name) was featured in a Maurice Lacroix timepiece – in 2010, the company issued an off-center moon-phase watch, which had a sleek black dial with a slightly unconventional hour indicator. But now, things are going in a more classic direction which in this case, certainly isn’t any less appealing.

There are two versions of the new Pontos, featuring either a black or rhodium-colored dial, the latter nicely matching the case. And speaking of case, we have a 43 mm case made of stainless steel, visually enhanced with satin and polished finishes. On the right side, next to the crown, we can spot a button which is the corrector for the moon-phase indicator. On the back, there is a sapphire crystal incorporated into the case-back, giving the wearer an opportunity to take a look at the movement. Finally, the water resistance of the watch is 50 meters (5 ATM).

The case is equipped with a moon-phase corrector at 2 o'clock position

Now, moving on to the star of the show – the dial. There we have two options, a black or rhodium-colored dial, both featuring a sun-brushed finish. This is complemented with diamond-cut hour markers, as well as the hands in a similar design, featuring blue-emitting, white Superluminova. At the bottom of the dial, in a deeply recessed position, there is a date window.

The dial can be black or rhodium-colored

Naturally, the first thing we see on the dial is the two off-centered indicators: gravitating towards 10 o’clock, there’s the time sub-dial, while at 4 o’clock we can notice the nifty moon phase indicator. The latter is in fact composed of two discs, the upper one being in metalized sapphire crystal. This component shows the age and the phases of the moon, while below it we find another disc for day/night indication. The whole dial is protected with a domed sapphire crystal, which has antireflective coating on both sides making sure the visibility is optimal.

Rhodium-colored dial nicely matches the case

Inside the watch is an automatic movement, the caliber ML 122-10, with 34 jewels. It beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour, and has a power reserve of 38 hours, which sounds pretty reasonable. This is a rhodium-plated movement, visually enriched with circular graining, as well as the Côtes de Genève pattern.

Finally, we come to the strap. It’s a black leather strap – an alligator leather strap, with some stylish large scales. It’s actually lined with black calfskin, and it’s finished with black over-stitching, blending in with the overall look. Making sure it stays firmly on the wrist, there is a folding clasp made of steel, with push-pieces. It nicely matches the case with its satin and polished finish, completing the whole look of the new Pontos Décentrique Phase De Lune.

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