Maurice Lacroix Aikon Venturer GMT Watch (Price, Pictures and Specifications)
With the first strategic extension of the Aikon range, the Aikon Venturer continues its exploration of urban worlds with the addition of a dual time zone. Available with a white or black dial, the Aikon Venturer GMT features a fourth 24-hour GMT hand. This new function makes it the watch of a lifetime... with two different cities at the same time.
For the first time in the Aikon family’s diverse range, Maurice Lacroix integrates the GMT function. What could be more logical for Venturers than to keep track of time in two cities, a watch made to explore and conquer them. With its radically modern look, this adventure-chic 43 mm diameter watch travels from metropolis to metropolis. Loyal to Maurice Lacroix’s mission, the watch displays a relationship between its objective and perceived value and its particularly favourable price. Thanks to the Easychange system, the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Venturer GMT changes strap like it changes continent: naturally and stylishly, in the blink of an eye.
It is the ability to change that marks out the power of a design. Powerful but not brutal, robust but not massive, modern but not futuristic, this watch features three hands as well as a second time zone and date at 3 o’clock. Its function sectors, level of detail and the energy emanating from the piece directly signal the connection to the Aikon’s aesthetic codes.
Crafted entirely from steel, its surfaces are satin-finished, while its edges are polished. As the devil is in the detail, the Venturer GMT’s case back is engraved with a world map, surrounded by the 24 main time zones, a useful and practical information base for use. Finally, its integrated five-link steel strap is fitted with the Easychange system, which makes it easy to remove and replace. The Maurice Lacroix Aikon Venturer GMT also offers another style thanks to the second strap in a grooved rubber version.
The function of the Aikon Venturer GMT’s dual time zone is based on Maurice Lacroix’s watchmaking know-how. The ML 165 automatic chronograph calibre with date, hours, 24-hour second time zone, minutes and seconds in the centre is characterised by its reliability and robustness, essential to the ad- venturous spirit of this piece, which is water-resistant to 300 metres. To increase contrast and legibility, the GMT hand stands out against these two dials offered by Maurice Lacroix.
The first is sunray-brushed black, punctuated by round hour-markers, circled and coated with SuperLumiNova. On this model, the GMT hand is red with a luminescent head. The second is sunray-brushed white, distinguished by its orange GMT hand and black hour-markers, embellished with SLN. But the most significant change on this new version is the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Venturer GMT’s bezel.
Its six arms – a powerful, characteristic Aikon feature – already performed a functional role with the Venturer. In fact, they extended beyond the ceramic bezel, a technical and scratch-proof material, so that it could be easily grasped and rotated in one direction. Now, the unidirectional bezel is calibrated over 24 hours to accompany the fourth hand on the dial, which turns once a day.
The Aikon Line
The Aikon Venturer is descended from the Maurice Lacroix Calypso, which included a diver’s version at the time. This steel watch was one of the brand’s iconic models in the 1990s and bore the same design codes that live on in the Aikon Venturer. The integrated and water-resistant case, the six-arm bezel surrounding a flat sapphire crystal and the strap marked with an applied M logo made this model with its exceptional presence the brand’s most iconic product.
In 2016, Maurice Lacroix produced a contemporary reinterpretation of this iconic piece with the quartz Aikon. In 2018, an entire collection of Aikon Automatic pieces continued the saga and was topped off in 2019 with a new branch of the Aikon generation. Sportier, urban and even more adventurous, the Aikon Venturer is designed to face up to the pressures of today’s urban life.
Maurice Lacroix Aikon Venturer GMT
· AI6158-SS00F-130-A (white dial)
· AI6158-SS00F-330-A (black dial)
· Diameter: 43mm
· Height: 12mm
· Material: Stainless steel, brushed throughout with polished edges
· 24-hour unidirectional black ceramic bezel
· Screw-down crown and caseback
· Water-resistance: 300m
Dial: sunray white or black - applied round indices with white Super-LumiNova - GMT hand in red (black dial) and orange (white dial) with luminous arrow tip - baton hour and minute hands and central seconds hand also treated with Super-LumiNova- date window at 3 o'clock
Movement: automatic calibre ML 165 based on Sellita SW330 - 28,800vph - 42h power reserve - hours, minutes, seconds, date and dual time zone
Bracelet/Strap: 5-row stainless steel bracelet or black rubber strap, both with steel folding clasps and EasyChange system
The price for the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Venturer GMT is CHF 2,350 on rubber strap, CHF 2,490 on steel bracelet and CHF 2,650 with steel and rubber bracelet.