Maurice Lacroix’s new Les Classiques Chronographe Phases de Lune provides an array of functions, delivered in a concise and clear form. The dial is a masterful exemplar of legibility with each element proving digestible and simple to interpret.
An impressive inventory of functions are presented on the dial. Hours and minutes are indicated by central hands. Small seconds are presented at 9 o’clock in combination with a 24-hour indicator. The chronograph includes a central seconds hand, 30-minute chronograph counter and a 12-hour chronograph counter. The central hand interfaces with the applicable date displayed around the perimeter of the dial. Two apertures, located below noon, show the day and the month.
Arguably the most captivating function is the moon-phase indication. It is presented via a crescent-shaped aperture within the 12-hour chronograph counter. The blue nocturnal sky draws the eyes into a world of dreams and seduces with its charming depiction of a silvery moon.
A choice of two dials is offered, silver or black gold. Both dials feature a stamped sun-ray pattern central area, whilst the hour track is sun-brushed providing pleasing contrast. The hour track is detailed with drilled recesses to indicate the date. The minute track repeats the stamped sun-ray pattern and is decorated with co-ordinating pearls and Arabic numerals.