A Look At Maurice Lacroix’s New Aikon Chronograph Skeleton
Maurice Lacroix unveils the latest creation in its iconic Aikon line – an ultra-sporty chronograph fitted with a contemporary skeleton movement.
Since its revival in 2016, Maurice Lacroix’s Aikon collection has gone from one strength to another with new movements, new designs, and new depth.
A Quick Recap On The History Of The Aikon
The Aikon was first unveiled in 2016, with a line of quartz timepieces, which were a redesign of Maurice Lacroix’s successful Calypso from the 1990s and its highly-recognizable six-armed bezel on a flat crystal.
The line was expanded in 2018 to include automatic movements with the Aikon Automatic. Then in 2019, the collection saw the arrival of the Aikon Mercury, a timepiece featuring a ground-breaking Masterpiece-style complication. The saga continues today with this new Aikon Chronograph Skeleton, combining the technicity from the brand’s Masterpiece collection with all the power and boldness of the Aikon form.
Maurice Lacroix’s Love For Skeletonization
Skeletonization is nothing new for Maurice Lacroix; the brand first experimented with open-worked movements with the Calypso in 1993. Many other skeletonized movements followed, including the Masterpiece Chronograph Skeleton and, more recently, the Aikon Automatic Skeleton, available in a choice of stainless steel or a black PVD version, which won Germany’s prestigious Red Dot Design Award.
The Power Of The Aikon
The Aikon design is what makes this timepiece so recognizable. Strong geometrical lines and shapes come together with a mix of sharp lines, circles, and hexagons. The Aikon Chronograph Skeleton comes in a 44mm stainless steel case with the six characteristic clips fixed directly onto the crystal, two prominent chronograph pushers, a hexagonal base, and a long, wide serrated crown in black PVD. The bezel has also been reduced in this new model to give an even better view of the skeletonized movement inside.
The ML206 Skeletonized Caliber
The Aikon Chronograph Skeleton is powered by the ML206 Caliber, an automatic chronograph with two counters and a 48-hour power reserve. This caliber also drove the Masterpiece Chronograph Skeleton in 2016, and its sporty character lends itself perfectly to the Aikon Chronograph Skeleton. This new version of the movement is slightly different from the Masterpiece version as it plays with different shades and finishes to enhance the perception of volume.
Playing With The Light
The higher the components are on the movement, the lighter they are in color. The arms and bezel have been satin-brushed, while the front of the dial, featuring the four hour-markers and counters, is also satin-brushed but in a darker shade of gray. The grooves in the counters have been micro-blasted and are even darker in color. The lower levels of the movement have been coated with a black gold DLC treatment. This coating is then contrasted against the lowest layer of the movement, which comes in a light gray to provide additional contrast.
A Question Of Composition
Nothing is left to chance. The compositions of the bezel, flange, and dial are positioned in such a way so that the markings are aligned and draw the eye to the center of the watch. Its striking blue seconds hand and rhodium-plated hour and minute hands are enhanced with Super-LumiNova. The timepiece is completed with a black calfskin strap that has the signature “M” logo hand-sewn with white thread. The strap is also equipped with the brand’s Easychange system for those who like to switch strap colors.
The Maurice Lacroix Aikon Chronograph Skeleton is yet another great looking timepiece from the Aikon family, and, at CHF 6,900, it is one of the best value skeleton timepieces on the market today.
(Photography by Pierre Vogel)