Last year, Maurice LaCroix released the Aikon Master Grand Date which fused their highly successful integrated steel sports watch collection in the Aikon, and their sophisticated take on high-end watchmaking with their Masterpiece collection. Aesthetically, The Aikon Master Grand Date uses some of the distinct use of asymmetrical dial design from the Masterpiece collection and packages it into the familiar sporty Aikon steel case. The main feature however, is Maurice LaCroix’s redesigned in-house movement with the ML331 that’s responsible for the unique off-center hour and minute register, sub seconds register, and the big date display. Maurice LaCroix has released their follow up to their flagship model with the new Maurice LaCroix Aikon Master Grand Date Black.
As the name suggests, the entire watch gets the all-black-everything treatment, and as a result highlights the white accents throughout the dial, as well the metal mechanical components seen through the skeleton display. The hour and minute Clous de Paris subdial is displayed off-center and positioned in the upper quadrant of the dial. Right below, a small seconds subdial that also acts as a mini-skeleton display for the movement within. I’ve somewhat started to have a growing appreciation for dials that have a time display that uses a portion of the dial, giving way to the remaining dial real-estate for a brand to put their own design touch to it. In the case of the Aikon Master Grand Date Black, a larger skeleton display diagonally opposite the hour and minute subdial reveals the balance wheel, escapement, and other mechanical parts of the ML331. A matte black textured dial acts as a backdrop for the multiple subdials and skeleton display.