Next month Maurice Lacroix will launch an interesting new timepiece at Baselworld – the Masterpiece Seconde Mysterieuse. It features an off-center dial displaying hours and minutes, and a mysterious seconds display. The seconds are indicated on an oversized subdial at 6 o’clock.
“The ‘mysterious’ hand marks out a linear reading of the second, in alternating horizontal and vertical 15-second cycles. The hand turns on its axis, as though in full levitation, producing a captivating optical illusion.”
An automatic ML215 caliber drives the hours, minutes and seconds functions. It is housed in a 43 mm stainless steel case (or blacked out stainless steel case – pictured) with a skeletonized dial with contrasting white lacquer for the hours and minutes ring (with rhodium-plated Arabic numerals) and a while lacquer background for the mysterious seconds dials (with a bullseye with black/gray print on flat sapphire crystal).
Double anti-reflective sapphire crystal and sapphire case back. The movement runs at 18,800 vph (2Hz) with 48 jewels and a 50-hour power reserve. Water-resistant 50 meters. Limited to 125 pieces each in steel and PVD.