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Maurice Lacroix brought a nice amount of novelties to this year’s Geneva Watch Days – new releases in the classic Pontos collection, a new sized Aikon Automatic and a very fun addition to the Aikon #Tide line. We selected two favourites. 

The Aikon has been a strong and staple collection at Maurice Lacroix since its launch in 2016, originally with the quartz version. Two years later, the well priced automatic Aikon showed up and in 2019 it was released even with an automatic manufacture movement (the ML225). 

One of the most easy-going, fun and ‘environmentally friendly’ watch releases of 2022 is the Aikon #Tide which we tried on earlier this year, with an even more funky edition in collaboration with Thai artist and ML Crew member, Benzilla.

Aikon Venturer 38mm

My preference from the recent novelties is the Aikon Venturer in 38mm. This steel model is a reinterpretation of the Aikon Venturer 43 mm launched in 2019, but in great proportions for my wrist. It stayed a rather massive watch, but the wearability has improved for many of us. 

The watch has a rotating bezel including the diving scale, a sunray brushed dial with applied markers filled with Super-LumiNova and a framed date window at 3 o’clock. 

Maurice Lacroix Aikon Venturer 38mm
Maurice Lacroix Aikon Venturer 38mm

The bracelet is integrated and with the quick-release system you can easily change the steel bracelet for a rubber one without the need for tools. The rubber strap is from FKM rubber. FKMs are fluoroelastomers, originally developed by the DuPont Company in 1957 in response to high performance needs in the aerospace industry. Nowadays many industries are using different types of FKM, since it offers great flexibility, comfort and wear-resistance and the colour is less susceptible to fading.

The rubber strap is colour-coordinated with your choice of dial colour. As Maurice Lacroix has enlarged its product portfolio, the 38mm Venturer model is now also available with a great green dial, first seen on the bigger versions. 

The models feature the ML 115 calibre with a white/black date (a Sellita SW200-1 based movement). 

Pontos Day Date Limited Edition

The Pontos collection has undergone a few modifications since its launch in 2000. It is destined to be the more elegant, classic line of the brand but the price positioning is pretty similar to the automatic Aikon models. 

‘Pontos’ (or Pontus) is a region on the southern coast of the Black Sea (once a region of Greece,  currently in the modern day Turkey) and also an ancient personification of the sea; father of Nereus in Greek mythology. Funnily enough, in Hungarian ‘pontos’ means precise or punctual. 

Maurice Lacroix debuted several new models in the Pontos collection, including a selection of chronographs and a limited edition. The Pontos Day Date Limited Edition features the ML143, based on the Sellita SW 220. The novelty stands out slightly from other timepieces in the collection. It has a more ‘urban-chic’ and slightly more minimalist design because of the black and khaki colour combination. Its stainless steel case is coated in a stealthy shade of black DLC, which makes the 41mm watch seem sleeker, it is ergonomically optimised for the wrist and is suitable for both male and female wearers.

Limited to just 1,000 pieces I think it will be quite a hit. 

Maurice Lacroix Pontos Day Date Limited Edition
Maurice Lacroix Pontos Day Date Limited Edition