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Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Lune Retrograde Luxury Watch Review The 46mm stainless steel Maurice Lacroix Masterpece Lune Retrograde limited edition of 250 cuts the profile of concept car for the wrist. Its combination of skeletonized metal and elaborate engineering appeal to connoisseurs of the avant garde; the in-house Caliber 152 "engine" is exposed for inspection on both sides of the watch. And like the best concept cars, it's loaded with toys. While thoroughly grounded in the modern era of luxury style, Maurice Lacroix honors "watch valley" heritage via outstanding finish, in-house movement, and classical proportions honor the finest Swiss traditions. Based in the Swiss canton of Jura, Maurice Lacroix compounded its reputation for cutting-edge style by making the jump to full manufacture status during the early years of the twentieth century. Each element of the vast case and sprawling dial highlight's Maurice Lacroix's attention to detail. While round in the classical dress watch image, the case is anything but conventional. The case flanks are double-flanged for sharp visual definition. A narrow bezel provides a slim frame for the vast skeleton dial; as impressive as this dial is in isolation, the watch face appears even larger in contrast to the ethereal profile of the bezel. And the dial itself is a masterstroke. Simultaneously intricate and legible, the centerpiece of this Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Lune Retrograde is a showstopper. A retrograde date sweeps its graceful arc from nine to eleven o'clock. The crescent of the power reserve gauge provides mirror-like balance from one to three o'clock. At six o'clock, Maurice Lacroix incorporates a double display of the present day and moonphase. All of the mechanical elements sit blazon against the dramatic backdrop of the ML 152 movement and its black gold coated plates. Within that blanked of "or noir," the manual-wind ML 152 (adjusted in five positions) provides precise timing on the backs of 37 jewels and a robust swan's neck fine adjustment regulator. The elegant swan's neck, which resists shock-induced timing error, sits in dramatic juxtaposition to the sleek blackened bridges. It's another example of Maurice Lacroix's penchant for setting elements of tradition and avant garde in intimate proximity. See this convention-defying Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Lune Retrograde limited edition of 250 in high-resolution images on Video and content by Tim Mosso