Maurice Lacroix and FC Barcelona celebrate their partnership with a new timepiece designed especially with the Barça fans in mind. The Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph was already an eye-pleasing watch, but with the addition of the resplendent Barcelona team colours this collaboration has engendered a sporty timer which is bound to be on every FC Barcelona fan’s wish list. However, many aficionados of the club may not be aware that there was a Swiss connection with their team right from the very beginning.
Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph for FC Barcelona – Humble Beginnings
Back in 1899, a young Swiss-born football enthusiast and player living in Barcelona placed an advert in the magazine which he helped to publish, “Los Deportes” proclaiming his wish to found a football team. Just over a month later Hans Gamper had instigated his team and from these humble beginnings, one of the world’s most successful clubs was born. Nowadays Barcelona FC has one of the largest fan bases in the world, and the club is renowned for nurturing successful players with a notable number of Ballon d’Or awards and FIFA World Player of the Year awards among their team members.
Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph for FC Barcelona – A Watch for the Fans
Earlier this year Maurice Lacroix became an official sponsor of FC Barcelona beginning a collaboration which will last for three years. Part of the agreement will mean that an exclusively designed watch will be on sale at official Maurice Lacroix dealerships and also at FC Barcelona shops – watches not just for the elite, but accessible pieces for the fans.
Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph for FC Barcelona – Subtle Styling
The piece features a 43mm stainless steel case with anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal and on the striking blue dial the counters are laid out neatly. The colours of FC Barcelona are instantly recognisable so even without the inclusion of the team’s emblem on the dial of this new Pontos model, it would difficult not to make the connection, especially when presented on the eye-catching blue and red NATO strap.
Even though this piece is capable of safely timing a dive up to 200m, it features none of the chunkiness normally associated with a divers watch. Instead, an internal divers bezel ensures that the profile of the case remains uncluttered. Subtle styling touches blend the team colours superbly with vivid red tones on the pusher at 2 o’clock and also with hour hand coordination. Inside is the automatic ML Calibre 112 based on a Valjoux 7750 which retains a power reserve of up to 46 hours.
The Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph for FC Barcelona comes presented on a choice of NATO strap featuring the colours of the team or on a stainless steel bracelet and will be available for purchase at the end of October 2014 for 3,400 EUR. The FC Barcelona partnership will also live through two other models, including the Masterpiece and the Eniro (quartz movement), both with a steel bracelet.