Maurice Lacroix has created a one-off of the stunning Mystérieuse line for Harrods. This timepiece is aptly named: Mystérieuse (Mysterious) inspires and intrigues. It is difficult not to be in awe of the skeletal workings housed in the bold case. The self-winding ML215 mechanical movement is visible through the sapphire-crystal back of the 43 mm diameter steel case. Driven by the ML215 caliber – a new Maurice Lacroix Manufacture movement and the twelfth to be entirely developed in-house – the mysterious hand marks out a linear reading of the seconds, in alternating horizontal and vertical 15-second cycles.
The blued hand turning on its axis, as though in full levitation, produces the captivating optical illusion. The hours are displayed at 2 o’clock and are also indicated by metallic blued hands, while the rest of the dial is skeletonized around the movement bridges, in a striking geometrical style that is very contemporary and available in two versions, coated in either rhodium or ruthenium. The mechanical mystery behind this impressive feat remains unsolved.
The one off colourway Mystérieuse will be exclusively available from December 1st at Harrods for £11,000 ($17,800).