Pforzheim, December 2021 – The new Edition 96 from the German watch manufacturer Laco is masculine, durable, solid and yet with the seductive coolness of deep black. True to its name, there are only 96 copies of this limited edition available and it is based on the successful “Scorpion” series of the company.
Second special series of the Mission 2025
Within the scope of Mission 2025, a campaign working up to the company’s 100-year anniversary, it presents the history of the traditional watchmaker as the second of altogether five “count-up” models. With the Laco Edition 96, a refined timepiece was created that completely satisfies the high demands and requirements in the outdoor sector and leaves behind both a stylish and fashionable impression thanks to the timeless design and technical properties. Compared to the Laco sports and squad watches that emphasize their sporty look with fresh green, blue or orange, the Edition 96 is elegant and confident in its design without colour accents while not completely denying its origin.
Robust and versatile
Just like the other models in the series, the bottom of the Laco Edition 96 is also decorated with a relief in the form of a scorpion. The always somewhat mysterious and mystic creature is said to not only possess resilience and great adaptability, but also bravery and strength. The black stainless steel case with a 42 mm diameter also convinced with its durability. Thanks to the screwed crown and bolted bottom, the Laco Edition 96 is ready for long dives as it is waterproof up to 30 ATM. The leather strap with a linen structure impression is also waterproof through a patented coating.
Visual appeal and inner values
The unidirectional serrated ceramic bezel, also gives the watch a powerful impression. The dial is particularly attractive through the contrast between the minimalistic indexes in discreet grey and the powerful numbers in pure white. The minute and hour hands correspond in the same colour scheme. The hands and indexes on the dial and bezel are coated in an afterglowing Superluminova C1 and reflect the color differences of the elements with their nuances. Under the black shell, the Laco 200 calibre ticks (basic model: Sellita SW 200-1) and never lets down its user thanks to the automatic winding. This can be changed from the installed Elaboré quality level to Top for a fee, which convinces mechanical watch connoisseurs through higher precision.
Each of the 96 pieces will be delivered in an elegant travel pouch with a high-quality collector’s pin and a certificate of authenticity and inspection. Starting on December 7, 2021, the watch can be ordered at a price of € 1,290 during the pre-sale. It will then be delivered in the middle of January. For those who decide to purchase the watch until the end of the year, Laco offers a practical multi-tool from Leatherman valued at € 99 as an extra bonus.
Laco Edition 96 Technical Specifications
Ref. 862145 – Limited up to 96 pieces, 1.290.- €
- Automatic movement Laco 200,
- basic movement Sellita SW200-1 (Elaboré), 26 jewels,
- 3 hands, date, second hand stop
- Stainless steel, black PVD plating
- ø 42 mm,lug width 20 mm, height 13,5 mm
- Water resistant up to 30 ATM
- Double curved sapphire crystal with antireflective coating inside
- Stainless steel PVD plated screw back with scorpion relief
- Unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel
- Protected and screwed crown with “96” relief
- Weight: Approx. 108 g
- Black mat,
- Arabic figures and indexes with luminous material Superluminova, white minute track
- Hour with luminous material Superluminova C1,
- Minute with Superluminova cool grey,
- Second white with Superluminova cool grey
- Black, water-resistant leather strap,
- Stainless steel buckle with black PVD plating,
- Width 20 mm
Passion and tradition
The German watch brand Laco, based in the black forest town Pforzheim, has a corporate history that stretches back to 1925. The „Golden City“ has been the location for this small but long-established manufacturer from the very beginning. This traditional company earned its fame by constructing the legendary 55 mm sized observation watch, as one of only five licensed companies in the 1940s. Around twenty years later, with more than 1200 employees, Laco was counted as one of Germany‘s largest watch manufacturers. Today, the small team places emphasis again on handcraft. It is quality that counts in production, not quantity. The products range from pilot and navy watches, through to elegant chronographs and the purist Classic Line. But all Laco models have one thing in common: the highest quality, outstanding design and functionality in use. In addition to their own online shop, Laco also offers for sale at the factory in Pforzheim. From Monday to Friday, this offers an opportunity to pick up a new watch directly from where experienced watchmakers have manufactured it intricately by hand.