Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic Skeleton: Malaysia Price & Review

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Maurice Lacroix’s iconic Aikon bares all.

Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic Skeleton

There’s just something about a skeletonised watch that transforms the entirety of a somewhat muted dial into something far more interesting to look at. While it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, there’s no denying that crafting a skeleton dial—with its cut-out edges, meticulous finishing and bevelling—takes serious skills.

For Maurice Lacroix, skeleton watches are not new, as the brand has been crafting these watches for 25 years since the debut of the Calypso Skeleton in 1993. And for the last decade or so, skeleton dials have only made appearances in the Jura Valley watchmaker’s Masterpiece collection. But this year is all about change and for the first time ever; the Aikon collection will get a skeletal touch.

Seen as a spiritual successor to the Calypso Skeleton, the Aikon Automatic Skeleton features a brilliant 45mm stainless steel case with a thickness of 13mm, making for quite a statement on the wrist. The overall style is complex with a tonneau-shaped case and round bezel featuring six arms positioned at two-hour intervals. Alternating between brushed and polished treatments, the watch exudes a masculine and rugged vibe without looking too rough or messy.

Featuring a brand new in-house movement, the Calibre ML234 is brilliantly seen via its exposed skeleton dial which lets you admire the bridge’s black DLC treatment that stands out amongst the other rhodium-toned parts. The central canal of the bridges is lower and sandblasted while its outline is a level higher and satin-brushed. Most technical components are also hollowed, such as the barrel, the oscillating weight and the winding mechanism

While skeleton dials usually dwell within the classical domain, it’s a fun idea to give it a contemporary spin and that’s exactly what Maurice Lacroix did with this piece. The watch’s aesthetics and design not only make it versatile, it’s an eye-catching piece on the wrist as well. And at the end of it, true to the watchmaker’s goal of producing high quality affordable timepieces, this watch will not cost you and arm or a leg.

Case

44mm stainless steel

Dial

Skeleton dial with appliqué indexes and hour, minute, and small seconds hands

Movement

In-house Calibre ML234

Strap

Black alligator leather

Functions

Hours, minutes, small seconds

Power Reserve

52 hours

Price

RM23,300

Leong Wong

Editor, CROWN Malaysia

A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.



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