Four Significant Luxury Watches from Baselworld 2014

  • Octo Finissimo TB
  • Instrument CTB emotionelle
  • Manufacture Royale 1770 Rose gold
  • Maurice Lacroix MP6118
  • Octo Finissimo

Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity

Over the last decade, Maurice Lacroix has made the journey from classical Swiss designs to ultramodern ones and back again. It has also made a foray into the watch industry’s luxury sector and subsequently returned to its roots in the moderate price ranges. This time, however, it seems to have acquired something on the way. The new Masterpiece Gravity is a remarkable-looking timepiece with a state-of-the-art silicon escapement for the astonishingly low price of less than $14,000. It does not take an especially astute observer to note that the design is clearly derivative of Audemars Piguet’s series of openwork timepieces beginning with the Tradition d’Excellence Cabinet #5. Borrowing of designs is a very old part of the Swiss watch industry; the more important lesson comes from Maurice Lacroix’s ability to execute the watch at such an attractive price. It is a lesson that Swiss companies, which have long relied on their sense of design to justify their high prices, would do well to heed. (www.mauricelacroix.com)

From Around the Web...
The $38,000 watch features a manually-wound movement displayed amidst titanium and ceramic…
Showcasing tuneful automata, the limited-edition release will comprise 16 examples…
More complex than its spare style suggests, the Richard Lange Jumping Seconds is a visionary design…
Paul Boutros of Phillips Watches reveals the current watch that’s sure to be a collector’s item…
The smart-watch collection features new styles and strap colors to satisfy the techie fashionista…
Photo by Claude-Alain Fluckiger
Catch the intricately engraved bouquet on the Petite Heure Minute…
Join the First Look webcast for an inside look at 12 rare Patek Philippe minute repeater timepieces...
The timepiece’s sidereal-time display tracks the movement of the stars with zodiac indications…
Here's a look at five of the dozen minute repeaters demonstrated on August 30…
Within the 18-karat-gold case is a dial depicting the schooner America sailing to victory in 1851…