During our stay at the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, we decided to have some fun parasailing. Accompanying us on this airborne and seaborne adventure was the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Venturer that is water-resistant to 300 metres.
We got more than what we had bargained for on our parasailing adventure. It was early March (7 March 2019) and we witnessed first-hand the jellyfish bloom while airborne. We even came real close to being stung by a huge jellyfish.
The jellyfish sightings and the close call with potentially painful stings added to the rush and excitement while parasailing and there were truly no regrets. Not being experts in marine life, we were unable to identify the jellyfish species seen in the video.
Researcher Dr John Madin of the Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI) in Universiti Malaysia Sabah was reported to have said that there are 16 jellyfish species in the waters off Sabah (The Star, Jellyfish warning for Sabah, 29 January 2016).
Experts warn of the box jellyfish or killer jellyfish in particular as its stings may lead to fatalities. Death can occur within 5 minutes after being stung by this killer jellyfish. The dry and hot weather is ideal for such free-swimming marine coelenterate to spawn and the box jellyfish bloom is expected between March and June 2019, according to Associate Professor Dr Venmathi Maran of the Borneo Marine Research Institute. (The Star, Attack of the killer jellyfish, 27 February 2019.)
The 43mm stainless steel Maurice Lacroix Aikon Venturer was launched in early 2019 and marks yet another major milestone for the brand. Maurice Lacroix Managing Director Stéphane Waser presented the Aikon Venturer in early March 2019 at the Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa located in Kota Kinabalu, East Malaysia.
Though the sporty Aikon Venturer looks somewhat different from the Aikon collection that was first launched in 2016, it carries the same design codes, notably the six arms or “claws” on the bezel. This is a key design element inspired by the brand’s successful Calypso line from the 1990s.
While the earlier Aikon models feature a gap or groove in between each of the six “arms” or “claws” that extend from its sides to the top, the good folks at Maurice Lacroix have ingeniously created a flat top for each arm on the Aikon Venturer that serve as 10-minute interval reference markers for the unidirectional rotating bezel. This design element is inspired by diving watches. However, the sides still carry the signature groove, thereby retaining the Aikon’s main design code.
“For the very first time,” the brand highlights, “… the bezel’s six arms have been given a functional role. They extend beyond the ceramic bezel so that it can be easily grasped and rotated.”
Do watch out for the “Vagues du Jura” decoration including the brand’s “M” logo on the case back.
Only two models of the Aikon Venturer were offered at launch. For us, both are handsome masculine watches that are reasonably priced at CHF2,190.