Maurice Lacroix, Aikon

• Manufacturer: Maurice Lacroix
• Year: 2022
• Reference No.: AI6007-TIMEOFART22
• Case No.: BA33455
• Model Name: AIKON automatic Ø39mm skeleton
• Material: Stainless Steel
• Caliber: ML115 Skeleton
• Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel with an additional black rubber strap
• Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel folding clasp and Stainless steel pin buckle for the rubber strap
• Dimensions: Ø39mm
• Signed: -
• Accessories: -
• Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000

Launched in 2016, Maurice Lacroix’s AIKON has become synonymous with urban style. The inaugural model was a quartz, but the collection soon grew to encompass numerous mechanical watches incorporating a variety of complications. In this instance, the brand from the Swiss Jura has created a pièce unique, employing a skeleton movement as an artistic canvas, enriched with a myriad of hues across an iridescent gradient. Luminescent hour and minute hands, along with a slim central sweep seconds hand, float above a sapphire dial and collaborate with indexes, once again luminescent, to indicate the prevailing time. The shine and vibrance of this piece evoke the chromatic brilliance of the minimalist sculptors of the 1960s such as John McCracken and De Wain Valentine, each of whom drew inspiration from the captivating, sleek elegance of automobiles.

The wearer can see the unusually colored movement as well as a plethora of moving components ordinarily hidden from view. A colorful oscillating weight obviates the need for manual winding and can be viewed in all its glory, courtesy of an open sapphire case back. The movement encompasses several refined finishes befitting a watch of this standing. Housed in a modestly sized 39mm stainless steel case, this pièce unique is presented on a matching bracelet and supplied with an additional black rubber strap. The Maison’s ingenious Easy Strap Exchange System provides a simple means of swapping between the bracelet and strap without the need for tools.

The Maurice Lacroix TimeForArt not only indicates time, but it also is a stylish expression of contemporary art, a quality that will no doubt resonate with Swiss Institute and its many supporters. Pièce unique generously donated to Swiss Institute on the occasion of the TimeForArt auction.

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