Maurice Lacroix Introduces Five New Pontos Models To Celebrate 20 Years Of The Collection
There is nothing like a big birthday to merit a horological celebration, and Maurice Lacroix is in party mode with the 20th anniversary of its Pontos collection.
The Pontos was first released in the year 2000 and quickly became a pillar within Maurice Lacroix’s lineup. The collection has always respected the codes of traditional watchmaking while offering a contemporary spirit, which resulted in it its own unique style over the years. Its understated refinement is achieved through numerous design elements, including different finishes, interesting details, surprising contrasts, and strong lines.
The Pontos Design DNA
The Pontos is highly recognizable thanks to its love of alternating polished and satin-finished surfaces across its cases and its signature slightly angled bezel. This mix of shiny and matte finishes continues onto the double lugs with their pronounced hooked shape. The crown is also of particular note with its spiral notches and protectors for its chronograph pushers.
The Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronograph Monopusher
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pontos, Maurice Lacroix is unveiling five new models, starting with a limited-edition Pontos Chronograph Monopusher. This limited collection of 500 pieces is powered by the ML166 automatic monopusher chronograph caliber with a single pusher at 2 o’clock that creates asymmetry and breaks with the usual chronograph pusher style. The caliber is also visible through a sapphire crystal case back, revealing circular graining and Côtes de Genève finishes on the movement and a sunray-brushed oscillating weight, also with a Côtes de Genève motif.
Housed in a 41mm stainless steel case coated with black PVD for extra durability and resistance to abrasion and scratches, this all-black Pontos Chronograph Monopusher offers a striking, yet contemporary look. The smoked dial is gray in the middle and gradually becomes black towards the outside. And the telemeter and tachymeter scales bring a sporty splash of red and blue to the dial, crossing paths with the chronograph’s minute and small seconds counters, creating a technical instrument aesthetic.
Marco Gabella: What I loved about the Pontos Chronograph Monopusher is that you don’t need to put this limited edition on your wrist to feel its racing spirit. The details are subtle with slight hints of red and the superb smoky dial. To wear it is a pure delight with its compact dimensions and strong lines, the watch has a character all of its own. It is difficult not to play with the chronograph pusher that immediately catches the eye, as do the counters that are reminiscent of the dashboard gauges from the golden age of motor racing.
The Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronographs
In addition to the Chronograph Monopusher, two new chronographs join the Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronograph collection in a new larger diameter of 43mm with new applied Arabic numerals, a first for the collection. The first model features a lacquered white dial with bright blue hands, numerals, and counter rings, while the second version combines a gray sun-brushed dial with yellow gold appliques and details. Both color schemes create a powerful design dynamic, exuding a contemporary, sport-chic style that lies at the heart of the Pontos’ chronograph identity.
Both versions are powered by the ML112 automatic movement and come fitted with either a blue calfskin strap with the Maurice Lacroix M logo or a three-link steel bracelet. The steel bracelet also adopts the same alternating polished and satin-finished surfaces seen on the case. Last but not least, the Pontos Chronograph is engraved with a 20th Anniversary inscription on the case back.
Marco Gabella: These new Pontos chronographs are the perfect compromise between sportiness and elegance. The arrangement of the dial is harmonious with its two symmetrical chronograph counters at 12 and 6 o’clock and the slightly smaller small seconds at 9 o’clock. Another attractive detail that caught my eye was the monochrome treatment on the indexes, hands, and counters of the chronograph (also in gold-plated and blue depending on the model) which I find particularly chic. Despite their large 43mm diameter, these chronographs offer a perfect fit thanks to their short lugs. Even on a very small wrist like mine, the watch feels very comfortable and not oversized at all.
The Maurice Lacroix Pontos Day-Date
The Maurice Lacroix Pontos Day-Date was the first model of the Pontos range to have been redesigned in 2017 and is now joined by two new models in celebration of its 20th anniversary. The design of these 41mm models remains largely unchanged with the same triangular hour markers, sunken minute ring, cut-outs in the dial at 6 and 12 o’clock to highlight the date and day, respectively, and slightly trapezoidal hands.
Marco Gabella: Sober and efficient, the design of these pieces harmoniously integrates the day and date displays into circular apertures. Often on a day/date, these two useful indications creates a well-balanced display as they are featured side-by-side and are cut out of the dial. My favorite model is the bronze version with its sunray green dial as I find it quite unusual to see an elegant day/date model made with this material, which will oxidize and develop a unique natural patina over time.
Remembering The Past, Looking To The Future
Maurice Lacroix is celebrating the anniversary of the Pontos collection by remembering the past, but with its eyes still firmly fixed on the future. And with only the new Chronograph Monopusher exceeding 3,000 CHF, these new models show Maurice Lacroix’s commitment to offering the best value for money, something that is only possible thanks to its watchmaking know-how, skilled craftsmanship, industrial expertise, and technical capacity. Here’s to another 20 years of the Pontos!
(Photography by Pierre Vogel)