Maurice Lacroix release a new dial colour for their classical Pontos portfolio - the Maurice Lacroix Pontos Jours Date Blue Dial.
Blue - the official colour of the Conservative Party in the UK, the preferred colour of Corporate America, symbol of trust, loyalty and sincerity. In F1 a waved blue flag tells the driver of a lapped car to move aside and let the faster car through, on a beach a blue flag tells of its high environmental standards. You are twice as likely to be bitten by a mosquito when wearing blue, and if you are the boss of a luxury Swiss Watch Manufacture twice as likely to consider adding a blue dial watch to your collection, if this year's new releases are anything to go by - blue dials are more popular than ever.
The latest Pontos Day/Date watch features a particularly rich "solar" blue dial, sun-brushed to catch the light and perfectly framed by the polished bezel and rounded Pontos case shape. Elongated hour markers and a combination of dial surface finishing along with an inner chapter ring add interest to this rather elegant piece.
There is something satisfyingly old fashioned about a watch dial which displays the day of the week in its own aperture. Of course in this media-driven age few need a reminder of what day of the week it is, after all there is an "app" to meet almost every need. I know of no-one but myself who uses a calendar in the traditional way, marking off each day with a large "X" in an almost childlike manner. In this piece the Day and Date apertures at 12 and 6 o'clock each have their own "metal stamped" slice of the dial which emphasise the functions beautifully and produce a slightly 3D effect.
The movement is the ML 09 self-winding Calibre with hand decorated Côtes de Genève and Perlage, viewable through the exhibition caseback. Power reserve is 38 hours and the piece is water resistant to 50m.
The Maurice Lacroix Pontos Jours Date with blue dial is presented on a black crocodile strap with stainless steel folding clasp.