Founded in 1975 and named after an accountant who happened to be working for the company, Maurice Lacroix introduced the AIKON Automatic Chronograph series in 2016. To the brand’s surprise, it became a massive hit. Buoyed by the positive reaction of the press and public alike, the independent Swiss brand has continued to develop fresh ideas for the AIKON to keep it on trend.
This latest iteration has a distinct Manchester City vibe about it with a striking sky blue strap echoed by a light blue small seconds at 9 o’ clock. The AIKON Automatic Chronograph Sprint has always played with colors and textures, but remains faithful to certain key design features, which are continued in this latest model.
Key features to look for are the distinctive ‘M’ logo on the strap and the 6 arms that straddle the bezel. For this version they are in gleaming gun metal against the matte black scratch proof DLC coating on the bezel.
The current trend for juxtaposing colors and textures is explored by introducing, for the first time, a gunmetal grey, sunray-brushed and embossed square patterned dial. Check out a number of new sneakers hitting the shelves and online stores this season and you will notice that small square patterns on the silhouette are definitely in.
This new AIKON model is 44mm with a day and date window at 3 o’ clock. The sleek greyed dial features muted gunmetal grey indices, with Superluminova facetted hands in clean eye catching white. Black 30 minute and 12 hour counters are positioned at 6 and 12 o’clock with that previously mentioned splash of snailed sky blue color for the metallic looking small seconds indication at 9 o’clock.
The final aesthetic touch is the sky blue central chronograph seconds hand, just giving that extra bit of bounce to the dial and complementing the FKM blue rubber strap – another first for the AIKON. An FKM strap is known as a fluoroelastomer, which is comfortable to wear day in and day out with low discoloration even during prolonged use in contact with skin, oils and frequent exposure to light.
There’s a lot of subtle detail going on with the new AIKON Sprint Chronograph but the whole ensemble works a treat.
The AIKON Sprint Chronograph is designed for a life on the track or doing laps. It runs on the in-house calibre ML112, based on the Sellita SW500. With 25 jewels, it beats at 28,800vph (4Hz) with a 48-hour power reserve. It’s all about improving split times whether that track be for running, cycling, motocross, or motor racing. Water resistant to 200 meters, you can also record Olympic pool lap times while swimming.
Case & Dial: 44mm fixed bezel with 6 polished gun metal arms; stainless steel with matte black DLC coating; Sunray-brushed dial in gun metal grey with embossed square pattern
Movement: ML112 (based on Sellita SW500) – Automatic – 25 jewels – 28,800vph (4Hz) – 48-hour power reserve – central hours, minutes and small seconds – chronograph – day/date – decorated with circular graining and Côtes de Genève
Strap: FKM rubber with black DLC pin buckle
Price: Euro 3000