For 2019 Maurice Lacroix has gone back to the drawing board to create a new sports diverís watch that clearly distinguishes itself from all previous ML divers with Ė

a totally brand new look and an external diverís bezel, putting the Pontos S and Pontos Diver days truly behind it.

This is the new AIKON Venturer, a descendant of Maurice Lacroixís 1990s Calypso, which included a diverís version at the time.

Measuring 43mm in diameter and water-resistant to 300 meters, it has been crafted from Stainless steel with sporty satin-finished surfaces and luxurious polished edges.

The bezelís six arms Ė a characteristic AIKON feature Ė have been given a functional role; extending beyond the ceramic bezel so that it can be easily grasped and rotated.

The arms are engraved with 10-minute intervals, a feature inspired by diverís watches and which makes the AIKON Venturer, so say ML a genuine tool watch.

The AIKON Venturer comes in two looks. Choose from a classic black or blue sunray-brushed dial with a matching integrated rubber strap or Stainless steel link-bracelets.

The Venturerís sunray dial features alternating round and rectangular hour-markers which are coated with SLN while its baton hands are with a wide purposeful design.

Its screwed case-back features a Vagues du Jura motif surrounding the engraved M logo in the center.

This same motive also inspired a new rubber strap with a central strip of squares running down its length.

It also features the Maurice Lacroix ďMĒ logo, identical to the one that appears on the brandís leather straps.

This strap is fixed to the lugs by means of the MLís EasyChange-system, which has two bars fitted with protruding prongs.

They make it possible to remove the rubber strap in two steps and to replace it with the finely articulated 5-link satin-finished steel bracelet Ė an historical AIKON signature.

Swiss MSRP is 1,850CHF (rubber) 1,990CHF (steel).

Thoughts? Has a nice premium look to it but I would imagine that fans of 3rd party straps would shy away from its AP ROO-style integrated case and lug setup.

Speaking of the ROO, I would imagine that is was one of the sources of inspiration for the Venturer, not such a terrible thing. What do you think?