Maurice Lacroix another brand/manufacturer I cannot pronounce properly, released their new Masterpiece Triple Rétrograde watch collection. It comes in two styles one has a white dial with blue hands, while the second style comes with a black dial and gold hands. Honestly, although it does not fit the definition of what is known as a dress watch, if you are the type of person who wants to set themselves apart this is definitely the watch for you.
I will first go through the features available on both watches and then explain what the differences are between the two. Both watches have the same case material which is stainless steel and they also come with the Mvt SW200 + oscillating weight SW400 with Complication ML291 movement. It is an automatic movement with a power reserve of 38 hours. They both come with calf leather with an alligator style and comes with a folding clasp in stainless steel. On the straps it has the signature “M” that is seen on leather straps by Maurice Lacroix. The case size is 43mm with a water resistance of 50 meters. They both come with sapphire crystal as well as on the caseback for the exhibition window of the watch.
Now for the many functions on the dial of the watch. It has a retrograde calendar at the 6 o’clock position, a second time zone at 12 o’clock, a day of the week indicator at 3 o’clock and finally a small second sub dial at 9 o’clock. For a watch you are getting quite a lot in terms of functions, which is also why for people who prefer a pure dress style watch this might deter them. However, if you love the functionality and the look this definitely can be used as a dress/function watch.
The difference in the silver dial version are as follows. It comes with a silver dial with Clous de Paris, sandblasted. This means it is a special type of dial guilloche (this is a method of styling the dial of the watch with patterns or lines). Clous de Paris is also called Hobnail is when the dial has small squares as a pattern on the watch. It also comes with blue hands and a blue calf leather strap with the alligator look.
With the black dial version it comes with anthracite with snailed and Côtes de Genève finishing. Anthracite from what I can tell is not actually coal, but is just a way to say dark grey. Côtes de Genève is another form of styling the dial of the watch with small lines that is then treated with gold or rhodium. It gives it a distinctive grey colour on the dial which contrasts quite nicely with the anthracite dial. As for the hands of the watch it comes with 4N gold hands, which is not pure gold but is very close to it. For the anthracite dial it comes with black calf leather with the alligator look.
Both watches are available for $5,500 and for what you are getting and the functionality it is well worth considering if this is your price range. Personally, I like the white dial version the most as I think the blue hands contrasted on a white dial is my favourite compared to a black dial with gold hands.