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Hands-On: The Maurice de Mauriac L1

The Maurice de Mauriac L1 is a modern package that is versatile and effortlessly stylish.

From a collector's perspective, watches should never go out of style and can withstand the test of time. So today we're picking out and getting hands-on with an old favourite from Maurice de Mauriac - the L1.

Maurice de Mauriac is no stranger amongst the very few well-regarded Swiss independent watchmakers in today's market. The Zurich-based brand is going from strength to strength with an ever-growing collection. The L-Series of watches is arguably the very foundation of the brand's lineup, and the L1 sets a clear, distinct design direction for the succeeding L2 Diver, and more recently the formidable L3 Chronograph.

But back to the L1, designed by Fabian Schwaerzler. At first glance, it's understatedly cool. The dial is clean and legible. Brushed finishing of the 39-mm stainless steel case is top-notch and one you'd expect from a high-end watchmaker. The slim painted hands and markers blend effortlessly into the matte black dial. The minimalistic, modern design of the L1 is versatile for everyday wear - you can dress it up during the working week, or dress it down on a casual weekend out.

Flipping the L1 over and you'll see the no-nonsense ETA 2824-2 automatic movement with custom rotor, ticking tirelessly under the anti-reflective sapphire crystal case-back. Nothing too fancy here, but nevertheless nice to observe the pulsating movement in motion once in a while.

On the wrist, the L1 is just a pleasure to wear. The 39mm is a good size for most gentlemen' (and ladies') wrists out there. The tapered lugs also help make the L1 a nice fit. And I should make mention of the strap, one part of the watch that most often overlook. The tan leather strap is solid yet comfortable, making the L1 hug the wrist perfectly. Many would attest that some watch manufacturers often dish out the bare minimum when it comes to straps in order to keep the costs down and prices competitive; well with the L1 there are certainly no shortcuts here. We highly recommend you to check out Maurice de Mauriac's full range of straps on their website if you're looking for something after-market.

Overall, the L1 is a great all-round package with serious design pedigree. And yes, it is a watch that most certainly stands the test of time since its launch and many years to come.

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