Introducing the Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver Blue Devil, a North American Exclusive

Maurice Lacroix gives its "Super Compressor" style dive watch blue and yellow livery in a 100-piece limited edition.

Ordinarily available only in black with orange accents, Maurice Lacroix‘s top of the line watch is nonetheless accessibly priced. Inspired by the colour of southern blue devil, a longfin fish native to Southern Australia, the Pontos S Diver Blue Devil is a limited edition available only in North America.

Rated to 600m, the 43mm stainless steel case has two crown – one at three o’clock for winding and time setting, and the other at two o’clock to rotate the inner dive bezel. This twin crown construction is reminiscent of, but not identical to, the 1960s Super-Compressor dive watches, which had crowns at two and four o’clock. Named after the type of waterproof watch case, Super Compressor watches made by numerous manufacturers, ranging from Alpina to Longines.

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver Blue Devil Limited Edition 1

Finished with a sun ray brushing, the dial is a dark blue with white and yellow accents. And inside the Pontos S Diver is the ML115, which is a Sellita SW200, an automatic movement that’s modelled on the robust ETA 2824.

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver Blue Devil Limited Edition 2

The Pontos S Diver Blue Devil is fitted on a stainless steel bracelet, and also accompanied by a black rubber strap as well as a blue NATO-style calfskin strap that loops under the watch case.

Price and availability 

Limited to 100 pieces, the Pontos S Diver Blue Devil is priced at US$2950. It’s available at Maurice Lacroix retailers in North America starting November 2016.

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Wristwatch Inlaid with Metal from Battle of Britain Spitfire to be Sold for Charity

Christopher Ward's prototype C8 P7350 chronometer will go under the hammer, with proceeds going to charities that support British military veterans.

Spitfire P7350 has the twin distinctions of being “the oldest airworthy Spitfire in the world and the only Spitfire still flying to have actually fought in the Battle of Britain”, according to the Royal Air Force. It entered service in August 1940, and now a tiny piece of the aircraft is part of the prototype Christopher Ward C8 P7350 Chronometer wristwatch that will be sold to benefit veterans’ charities.

Originally launched as a 75-piece limited edition in 2015, the C8 P7350 Chronometer is 44mm in diameter, with the case in stainless steel with a black coating. The case back of the C8 P7350 Chronometer is inlaid with a piece of Duralumin, a lightweight aluminium alloy from Spitfire P7350, and numbered “00/75”.

The hour numerals are painted in two colours of Super-Luminova, while the dial is designed after the Mk IIa clock that was mounted in the cockpit of the Spitfire and made by Smiths, a defunct English watchmaker.

Christopher Ward C8 P7350 Chronometer 3

Christopher Ward C8 P7350 Chronometer 2

Inside is the self-winding calibre SH21, a hand-wound movement with a 120-hour power reserve. The calibre is Christopher Ward’s in-house calibre, after the watch brand merged with Synergies Horlogères, the company that developed the movement, in 2014.

The prototype C8 P7350 Chronometer will be sold at a silent auction online that takes place on November 7, 2016 at 11am to 10pm GMT. Bidding starts at £3,450, or about US$4200, which was the original retail price for the limited edition.

All proceeds from the sale will go to The Royal British Legion and SSAFA, the United Kingdom’s largest charities dedicated to armed forces veterans and their families.

Bids can be placed here.


Correction November 1, 2016: Link to auction fixed.

 

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