In honour of their relationship with the Beachvolley Vikings, Anders Mol and Christian Sørum, Maurice Lacroix have announced the release of a limited edition Aikon Quartz Chronograph dressed in the team’s colours. The partnership, which started just two years ago, now sees the beach volleyball duo fully equipped to take on the court with a bespoke and lightweight design worthy of their winning streak.
Beach volley may not be quite as mainstream in the UK as football, rugby and cricket, but at the rate the Beachvolley Vikings are going, we could certainly see its international appeal landing some aces. Originating from Norway, Anders Mol and Christian Sørum have dominated beach volleyball tournament after tournament, sweeping up 10 gold models from 2018 to 2019 at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour and remaining European Beach Volleyball Champions three years running. They are not only the third team in the world to do this, but the youngest team in history to win the championship over three consecutive years.
When it came to designing the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Quartz Chronograph Vikings Limited Edition, both Mol and Sørum agreed that they needed something they could wear both on and off the court, something lightweight and high precision, attractive yet comfortable. Understandably, the duo landed on the iconic Maurice Lacroix Aikon. Inspired by the brand’s original Calypso model from the 1990’s, the Aikon has become pivotal to the brand’s recent successes, characterised by its formidable aesthetic inclusive of integrated straps, six-claw bezels and sword-shaped Superluminova hands.
The Maurice Lacroix Aikon Quartz Chronograph Vikings Limited Edition remains faithful to the Aikon DNA with a 44mm stainless steel case and the hallmark bezel left fixed and unadorned, unless you count the distinctive six arms around its circumference. At the centre, the dial brings to life a vibrant and youthful appeal dressed in a sun-brushed red backdrop and three snailed counters in a contrasting shade of blue. Protected by scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass, the combination of red and blue fuses both the Beachvolley Vikings’ team colours and the shades found on their country’s flag.
Two characteristics that Anders Mol and Christian Sørum agreed that the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Quartz Chronograph Vikings watch would require was shock resistance and a lightweight profile. The watch needed to be light enough that it was comfortable to wear on the court but robust enough that it could withstand the impacts of a challenging game. For this reason, it was decided that the stainless steel case would house a Swiss quartz movement. Alongside central hands for hours and minutes and a small seconds dial at 6 o’clock, the quartz calibre delivers a central chronograph seconds hand, a 30 minute counter at 9 o’clock and a 1/10 second counter at 12 o’clock.
Continuing with the collaboration, the 250-piece limited edition features a special screw down case back engraved with an image of the Viking’s emblem and a red, white and blue lined rubber strap decorated in the team’s colours. Like many in the Aikon family, the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Quartz Chronograph Vikings watch also comes with the brand’s Easychange system which allows you to change the strap over for an alternative look quickly and easily.
Retailing at £1,230, the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Quartz Chronograph Vikings Limited Edition is available to order now on the Jura Watches website. For more information on the piece and other Maurice Lacroix releases, get in touch with the team on 01335 453454 or at email@example.com.
Specifications: Maurice Lacroix Aikon Quartz Chronograph Vikings Limited Edition (AI1018-SS001-530-6)
- Case Size: 44mm
- Case Material: Stainless steel
- Bezel: Fixed
- Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
- Crown: Screw in
- Case Back: Screw down
- Water Resistance: 100 metres
- Movement: Quartz
- Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph seconds, 30 minute counter, 1/10 second counter
- Dial: Red, sun-brushed
- Strap: Rubber
- Buckle: Pin
- RRP: £1,230
- Limited Edition: 250 pieces