If you’re planning to put in some serious time by the water this summer than it’s important you have all the right accompaniments, hat, sunglasses, a good e-book or two and a suitable watch. Not to keep track of the hours as they leisurely drift by of course (you’re on holidays remember, who cares!?), but to let that cutie at the bar know that time (and style) is still important, even when you’re wearing nothing more than swim trunks and a straw hat.
With that in mind, today we are taking a closer look at the new Pontos S Chronograph collection from Maurice Lacroix. This sporty, diving inspired chronograph is available in a range of colors and best of all comes with an extra color matching NATO strap in addition to the stainless steel bracelet it is presented on.
The Pontos S
The stainless steel case is perfectly sized at 43mm and is rated at a water resistance of 200m. The dial layout feels very balanced and is easy to read, with three subdials arranged at 12 o’clock, 9 o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively, the latter incorporating a date window. Elapsed time is shown via an internal rotating bezel and can be adjusted using the separate, specially designed crown that has been incorporated into the chronograph start/stop pusher.
What I really like though is the way that one contrasting color has been used subtlety throughout the design. For example on the model shown above, the tip of the minute hand, the 15-minute countdown timer on the internal rotating bezel and the ring around the chronograph pusher have all been finished in a matching orange. When combined with the supplied NATO strap it really makes for quite an eye-catching timepiece, yet is still subdued enough to be worn on the stainless steel bracelet at more formal occasions. There is also a black and grey model for those that prefer something slightly less colorful (pictured below).
Animating the Pontos S is a modified version of the ever-reliable ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic, which offers all the standard functionality of a chronograph movement.
With regards to pricing you can expect to pay under US$4,500, which is pretty reasonable for poolside attire.
The Final Word
For me the Pontos S Chrono is a great pool or beach watch. It’s a good size with just enough color for my liking, the dial is easy to read and looks good, the water-resistance level is respectable plus the complementary NATO strap is a real draw card, not to mention the very reasonable price.
For more information please visit the official Maurice Lacroix website: www.mauricelacroix.com
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