[MUSIC] When a technology has been around as long as the mechanical watch has it can be hard to think of something new, But that hasn’t stopped. Maurice Lacroix from trying. Can we uncover the mystery of the aptly named mysterious seconds with a second hand that inexplicably floats around the enormous second sub dial? This Maurice Lacroix has certainly earned the name mysterious, but there’s another word hovering in the periphery. One, that’s a bit of an elephant in the room gimmick. There’s more to the mysterious seconds than cheap parlor tricks, however, because this is a variance of complication has been in service since 1912 The idea of a magical display was first introduced by Illusionist. Jean Eugène Robert-houdin considered the father of modern conjuring and the inspiration for Eric Vise, better known as Houdini. The principle of rubber Houdin’s clock was based around the floating hour and minute hands suspended within a gold outer rim. As if by magic, the mystery was simple, but very convincing. The hands mounted onto glass disks driven from the edge. It was a style developed further by Cartier in 1920 taken to the next level by housing the floating hands within a crystal box, The mechanism cleverly hidden from view. Some of Cartier’s later designs took the concept to a level that still baffles today, the use of a single, narrow connecting point, dangling the floating dial mechanism like a pendant, one of the most impressive the mystery clock as you can imagine was intended to be a statement piece and in that respect. It was hugely successful. They were and continue to be the most expensive decorative objects ever produced by Cartier. It’s an unusual tradition that Maurice Lacroix has revived for the mysterious seconds to showcase its ability to build in-house movements. Let’s look a little closer. You probably don’t associate Maurice Lacroix with high-end in house movement manufacture, and that’s a fair appraisal because as a relative junior in the industry at just over 40 years old. The brand is best known for his entry-level offerings that hasn’t stopped the juror based watchmaker, trying to make a name for itself with its masterpiece collection, however, first introduced in 1990 given the expense of developing a simple time, only movement estimated to cost around 1 million pounds. This was a bold and to be honest, rather risky move for such an unknown brand to make most new brands investing in in-house movements do so as the primary focus of their collections. Take Nummis, for example, but Maurice Lacroix bucked that trend by using the masterpiece line as a halo product to elevate its core offerings, Very similar to how. Audie introduced the halo r8 to boost the perception of his everyday cars to bring them in line with Mercedes and Bmws. There are only a handful of watches in this flagship masterpiece range, some that are more traditional and others like this mysterious seconds that offer something a little more unusual powered by the calibre ML to 1/5 the mysterious seconds has a display that compromises even the telling of the time it’s a proudly showcase. It’s illusion munching almost half of the regular hour and minute track. That’s already taken a backseat with its arena of illusions. Some stark skeletonization offers a peep within the caliber ML to 1/5 but there’s no telling how the watch does. Its magic. Speaking of which here it is the mysterious seconds of the mysterious seconds. It takes the moments even figure out how to read it. The black and blue tipz passing indication duties from one another every 15 seconds, but it’s unlikely that the readability of the dial will be the first question that’s raised. So how does this seemingly impossible feat occur? The initial instinct is with magnets, but as a gentle shake reveals that can’t be the case. The hand is solid as a rock, not to mention the big no-no of mixing magnets and movements. A closer look reveals the answer. The white background, which appears stationary at distance, rotates the second hand by way of planetary gears orbiting the center whilst performing its rotation. It’s a similar principle to the original mystery clock, with the addition of the orbit presented cleverly enough to hide the mechanism from all but the most thorough scrutiny. I think rubber Houdin would be rather impressed, so it’s not exactly the next must-have complication, but it’s an interesting and unusual way to demonstrate the Marvel of watchmaking using a technique That’s baffled on lookers for over a century. It may not be magic, but for that brief moment of suspended disbelief, it’s as close as it gets. Have you seen any watches with complications or features that leave? You baffled. Let us know in the comments below, discover more exceptional watches at watch find-a-code UK. If you enjoyed this video, please like and subscribe if there are any other watches, you’d like to see reviewed. Please let us know in the comments below.