In 2013, Maurice Lacroix provoked discussion and incredulity with the launch of its Masterpiece Mysterious Seconds. It answered questions others failed to ask. The brand that once queried, “Why not a square wheel?”, now enquired, “Does time have to be circular?”. The Masterpiece Mysterious Seconds depicts time in a linear form. A twin-tipped seconds hand, baton-like in form, traverses a solid disc, appearing to float and move in an almost balletic motion. Each tip of the seconds hand waits in turn to share the responsibility for imparting time. The Mysterious Seconds reveals some of its micro-mechanics housed within the case, courtesy of an open-worked area of the dial. Hour and minute hands are located off-centre at 2 o’clock. However, by contrast, the mystique of the model is bestowed by its thought-provoking seconds display. There appears to be no physical connection between the novel seconds hand and the movement beneath.
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