Available in a limited edition series of 50, the Masterpiece Calendrier Rétrograde and Masterpiece Double Rétrograde are produced in pink gold. The large 46 mm diameter cases, statuesque in appearance, afford time a space in keeping with its dimensions. The case, which is water-resistant to a depth of 50 m, has a very contemporary style polished and satin finish, with nothing superfluous and no decorative flourishes. Its plain simplicity is echoed in the blue dials that display the time data in a methodical and practical fashion, whatever the model.
One model features a retrograde date at 10 o’clock, the other a GMT double retrograde and date at 12 and 6 o’clock. The delicately cut out displays, stylish despite their technical sophistication, are enhanced by the sun-brushed satin finish of the dial, the deep blue colour of which confirms their credentials. The power reserve display, located at 2 or 3 o’clock depending on the model, is characterized by its bold, dynamic appearance. The pink-gold applied markers sit in a curve that stretches out gradually, giving a real impression of movement. As for the small seconds hand, it circles regularly without stopping.
In a clear, striking contrast, the fine pink-gold hands skim round the blue dial, their diamond-cut finish further enhanced by their gently curved shape. The absence of an arbor hole confirms traditional design where attention to the minutest detail is taken to its extreme. The purity, the quiet poise of the design that emanates from these timepieces cannot fail to evoke the most beautiful architectural creations where design, distilled to its purest essence, transfigures form and function. Perfect visual harmony and crystal-clear legibility testify explicitly to this.
The finish, even of the tiniest component, invisible after the watch is assembled, can be seen through the sapphire crystal case backs. Their 16½ line diameter makes them among the largest automatic calibers in the market. In response to the expectations of a demanding public for whom performance is a way of life, the new automatic Masterpiece watches are also available in steel in a more popular case size of 43 mm, with two dial finishes, black and silver-plated.
- Stainless steel, Ø 43 mm, satin and polished finishing
- Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
- Screwed case back with wide sapphire crystal
- Based on a solid 925 silver plate
- Available in black or silver color, with sun brushed finishing
- Diamond-cut applied hour markers, small second and power reserve indications
HANDS AND DISCS
- Stamped hours and minutes hands with diamond-cut head in the pure tradition of hands making
- Retrograde indications in contrast to the dial color for optimum legibility: rhodium colored on black dial, black gold color on silver dial
- Rhodium-colored stick hand for power reserve and small second
STRAP / BRACELET
- Black large-scale crocodile-skin strap, lined with black calfskin and black over-stitching
- Folding steel clasp with push-pieces
- Satin and polished finish
Automatic movement, self-winding ML 190 (Calendrier Rétrograde) and ML 191 (Double Rétrograde)
Calendrier Rétrograde (ML 190):
- Hours and minutes indicated by central hand
- Date indicated by retrograde hand at 10 o’clock
- Small seconds hand at 6 o’clock
- Power reserve hand at 2 o’clock
VIBRATION: 18,000 vibrations/h, 2.5 Hz
POWER RESERVE: 52 hours
ADJUSTMENTS: 5 positions after full winding and after 24 hours
DECORATION: Vertical brushed and Grand Colimaçon, rhodium-plated
«Goals must always exist and efforts to achieve them shall never cease.»
How do you define success?
Success is the achievement of balance. Perhaps a task of more complexity than growing wealth is the ability to allot time to enjoy it. The marriage of the two delineates success. Presupposing that experience is living, then success plain and simple to me is the ability to live.
Do you have a key sentence/motto about success?
A key motto that I tell myself before every job and after every award is, “you do not deserve this.” The idea of which branches off a further philosophy that I have about life. All to often it is easy for those downtrodden on their luck to attribute the bad to external forces beyond their control, only to own the victories when their luck returns. My faith tells me that both were destine.
What inspires you? And where do you find your inspiration?
Inspiration in art is everywhere, and its source is often concealed. It can be a calm glass of wine, a sunset over the ocean or a drive on a winding road that inspires me to create, to live. I believe inspiration is of quantum nature, in that observation of it is impossible. What I find most important is not the search of its source, but the willingness to be inspired when it comes along.
Could you tell us about your success? What is the short-story of your success?
My success began with a father sitting down on the couch with his son to help teach him about photography. At the time I was in high school and it was for a class, however early on there was passion for the art. My first sacrifice for this career came when I was to choose between having a car, and having a camera. I chose the camera with the reasoning that it would someday afford me a nicer car. The day my father sat down on the couch with me, he gave me my first camera. Ten years later, I was speaking for that camera company.
Do you have “5 rules” to follow and keep on being successful?
I don’t know if I have five rules per se, but the guidelines that are most important to me are:
- Always treat the client with respect
- Always treat your crew with respect
- Be grateful for every job
- Go home tired from having given your all
- Be a good husband
Do you have a ritual that you follow everyday?
Rituals are very important, as I never know what city I will be in on any given week. I like to be one of the first people in the studio so that I can put on my headphones and walk the set while planning the lighting for the shot. From there I meet with my crew, give instruction, and then say a quick prayer before the shoot. After we wrap I have a glass of wine with those on set to celebrate the day.
What do you avoid to continue being successful?
In order to be successful I avoid complacency. Goals must always exist and efforts to achieve them shall never cease.
Do you have advice for the younger generations?
If there were any advice I could give to those aspiring to what I do it would be to always give back. Our careers are derivatives of those that have lifted us up. To go this far and not have given to the future is to never have achieved at all.
How important is time in your life? And what does time represents for you?
Time and the concept of time has been an obsession of mine for many years. I have a profound respect for the sciences and believe one of man’s greatest achievements was not only the creation of a measurement of time, but then creating an instrument to measure said measurement. To me, time represents the accomplishment of man.
How do you deal with time questions in your work?
As a photographer, my work is not an existence of seconds, but a reality of fractions within. My career exists 1/250th of a second at a time. My next success rides upon my timing, and in the time that it takes to exhale I could have my next portfolio piece. Time is everything.
How Maurice Lacroix is a natural continuum of your everyday life? What place does it have in your life?
Maurice Lacroix has become a measurement of life to me. It is the timepiece that I will pass down to my kids and the timepiece that I will celebrate their lives with. Maurice Lacroix is the art that I will always grace my wrist with and the watch that I will always hold as my next accomplishment.
Automatic movement, self-winding ML 190 (Calendrier Rétrograde) and ML 191 (Double Rétrograde) Functions: - Hours and minutes indicated by central hand - Date indicated by retrograde hand at 10 o’clock - Small seconds hand at 6 o’clock - Power reserve hand at 2 o’clock - Vibration: 18,000 vibrations/h, 2.5 Hz - Power reserve: 52 hours - Jewels: 57 - Adjustments: 5 positions after full winding and after 24 hoursAbout our movements
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