Newcomer's JLC Ultra Thin Moon really inspired me, what a lovely watch, and I also got interested in the Master Calendar, to add another dress watch to my collection.
With an asking price of around $10, 000 AUD, there are no available stock in the new Master Calendar in Australia, so I tried on the Ultra Thin Moon in pink gold, again, nothing in SS available. The proportions are perfect for my small wrist, the only thing is that I find the dates a bit small to read, which is important to me as I use the date display function all the time for work.
So I decided to wonder around in the 2nd hand watch store on the weekend, been an authorised dealer for some brands too, they had a SALE section in the middle of the store; and there she was, a silver moon phase dial watch with a black leather strap, and 50% OFF, from $4100 to $2050 AUD. Got the salesman to take out the watch, the brand is Maurice Lacroix, which I never heard of, the salesman was telling me that it's in the same league as Longines, a relatively new brand and a new managing director that is making some changes thus some heavy discounts on certain lines. Upon closer inspection, I like the simple elegant dial design, easy to read date display and silver moon and stars.
50% is a really heavy discount and I thought it could be too good to be true, I excused myself and walked out of the store, took out my phone and started to google about the brand and price of the watch, turns out to be a independent Swiss watch manufacturers and also does in house movements, and the pre-discount price is an accurate RRP. So after another 10 minutes of umming and ahing in the arcade with a very serious face, I decided walk back in to try out the watch again, except this time when I walked out, I was wearing the Maurice Lacroix Classique Phases de Lune and $2000 poorer.
I quite like the single deployment clasp, compare to the double deployment butterfly clasps most leather bands use, since it's very simple to put on and take off. The strap is calf leather with alligator imprints, feels rather stiff and course. I will put some Reno on it to condition it.
I found on the month display, the letters are not displayed horizontally, instead it's at a small angle, which I took it back to the shop and got a 2nd replacement watch. The 2nd watch's Day and Months are displayed horizontally in the windows. However, on the 2nd watch, there are some shiny patches on the leather strap, like glue; so I got them to swap out the strap with the 1st watch. The salesman was saying can't expect much from a watch that is been discounted more than 50%.
Now I will wear this watch happily on a daily basis.