We had the opportunity to sit down with Carter Combs, digital marketing strategist at Maurice Lacroix. Carter has been a friend of Everest and Monta for some time now and he graciously invited in his company’s suite at Baselworld. One of the watches he was most proud of is the Maurice LaCroix Aikon Automatic. The Aikon, based on a 1990s design the Calypso, was previously only available with a quartz movement.
The case is elegantly brushed with polished bits to provide a subtle shine. The case is integrated to the bracelet and features a quick-change system so the wearer can easily switch to a leather strap. The Aikon Automatic is powered by a calibre ML115, a SW200 clone that helps keep the price of the watch under $2,000 for the 3-hander with date version, which is 42mm wide in the case with an 11mm thickness, so very manageable for a range of wrist sizes for a modern sport watch.
We’ll get the obvious comparison in looks to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak out of the way and simply acknowledge that the case style and integrated lugs make the comparisons unavoidable. That said, the Aikon Automatics has a lot going for it on its own merits. It’s rugged, comfortable and has 200m water resistance, so an ideal all-arounder for someone who works in more causal profession.
The new Aikon autos come in blue, silver and black dials and also come in a chronograph and skeleton version. We were very impressed with the overall quality considering the sub-$2,000 retail price point. The feel on the wrist, case finishing and dial detail added up to a top sport watch contender in its category.