A chronograph is an important part of any watch collection, but the decision regarding which brand or model to buy can be a tough one. Time+Tide reader Jeremy talks us through the decision to pull the trigger on what was not only his first chronograph, but his first-ever Swiss watch, a silver dial example of the Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronographe.
When did you first see/hear about it?
I first heard about Maurice Lacroix when quality and advertising was ramped up in the early 2010s. Their watches looked nice in magazines and I found out that they are amongst a handful of independent and large luxury brands putting out reasonably priced value propositions. I got a lot more interested in the brand when FC Barcelona signed a sponsorship deal with them in 2014.
Any story behind the purchase?
I liked the fact that the independent brand was turning 40 and doing it in style with FC Barcelona. The watch was for my 40th birthday, and it can lay claim to being my first Swiss watch.
What was the deciding factor?
I love an ‘everyday’ watch, something a bit conservative but with a mark of difference. I investigated a few options and ended up with a silver-dialled Pontos Chronographe. In my opinion, the watch can be worn as a daily beater without issue. It has a classic look and an innovative design, particularly the unique case with fully curved chrono pushers that act to protect its wonderfully carved crown. Having rhodium-plated hands and alternating polished/brushed surfaces, it is also beautifully shiny and eye-catching.
The watch is rated to 5 ATM, meaning the watch can go into salt water. It’s low maintenance and the caseback gasket only needs changing about once every five years.
When do you wear it?
All the time. To the office, on holidays, and I’ve worn it swimming and light snorkelling in the ocean.
How does it feel on the wrist?
Weighty. It definitely feels like a masculine watch.