Even at prices around $8,000, the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Chronograph Skeleton watch is a decent value if you are in the market for a skeletonized chronograph. Skeletonization is popular in mechanical watches these days for good reason. In an age of smartwatches and quartz watches, of course, being able to visually appreciate the mechanics of a traditionally non-electronic watch is appealing. Not just to the wearer themselves, but also to onlookers who view these watches on the wrists of people who wear them.
With that said, skeletonized watches aren’t for everyone. In exchange for an intimate (and decorated) look into a watch movement, you lose in things like legibility and classic appeal. Fully skeletonized watches can be accused of lacking qualities like elegance or calming simplicity. Then again, there are plenty of other watches that offer that. The challenge for any skeletonized watch (and for the most part why they are all different) is two-fold. First is the challenge of being able to artistically show the “story” of the movement in its full mechanical glory while also maintaining a timepiece’s basic functionality – which is being able to view the time (among other things, such as on the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Chronograph Skeleton that has, obviously, a chronograph).
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