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Created in partnership with Label Noir, Maurice Lacroix unveils a new version of its MASTERPIECE Skeleton. Equipped with a highly refined in-house movement, this model reveals many components usually hidden from view. Label Noir has played with light and shade, disclosure and stealth, as well as black and white hues, skilfully juxtaposing contrasts. The resultant watch, the MASTERPIECE Skeleton Label Noir, limited to 288 pieces, showcases the creativity of both brands and the wisdom of being inventive.


This contemporary skeleton timepiece, featuring a hand-wound movement, reveals numerous components typically hidden from view. The keyless works, motion works and gear train are freely shown. The spring barrel features an open-worked cap, affording sight of the mainspring in various states of tension. Adjacent to 12 o’clock, the wearer can see the screwed balance wheel oscillate to and fro, the hairspring breathe and the pallet lever engage with the escape wheel. Indeed, the MASTERPIECE Skeleton Label Noir indulges the onlooker with a spellbinding mechanical performance, a spectacle heightened by Label Noir’s masterful use of contrasting tones.


Consistent with other MASTERPIECE models, the ultimate expression of Maurice Lacroix ownership, the Manufacture ML134 calibre is adorned with Grand Colimaçon, sand-blasted finishing and bridges with polished edges. The Manufacture movement and the final assembly of the MASTERPIECE Skeleton Label Noir takes place in the company’s own workshops. Refinement and Swiss quality are much in evidence, while the watch delivers high-perceived value, a characteristic common to all Maurice Lacroix models.


An exhibition case back allows light to pass through the movement, illuminating every interior contour. The case of the MASTERPIECE Skeleton Label Noir is coated in the firm’s trademark black and anthracite matte DLC and measures 43mm in diameter, imbuing the watch with much wrist presence. The timepiece comes presented on a matching M-branded black nylon strap paired with a folding clasp.


Stéphane Waser, Managing Director of Maurice Lacroix, remarks, “At Maurice Lacroix, we strive to be inventive in everything we do. Nevertheless, we recognise that, on some occasions, collaborating with other creative individuals can deliver a synergistic outcome. The AIKON Label Noir reimagined our popular urban watch with an interesting use of black and grey hues. All examples of this model promptly sold. On this occasion, we decided to use one of our in-house movements that we designed, and developed. We skilfully assemble this movement at our site in Saignelégier. The Masterpiece Skeleton Label Noir is limited to just 288 pieces and, based on its prepossessing appearance, I suspect they will also be quickly snapped up by avid collectors.”

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