When it comes to minimalism, we think that there are very few watchmakers that have achieved what H. Moser & Cie. have accomplished. The Perpetual 1, for instance, is one of the most revolutionary and simplest perpetual calendars that the horological world has ever seen.
H. Moser & Cie. have decided to up the ante with the “Concept” series of watches. The idea behind it is simple: the watch dial is completely stripped off of anything that is not functional. The end result? A watch that is completely devoid of any branding or any unnecessary detailing. The first in the series was the Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept, a time-only timepiece. It then moved on to the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept, before culminating with the latest in the repertoire: the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept Funky Blue.
Despite being in the same family as the Pre-SIHH model, the Funky Blue is a tad different from its “Concept” sibling. Firstly, as its nomenclature suggests, this watch features its signature fumé sunburst dial. Next, for the more observant readers, you might have realised that the watchmaker had removed the power reserve indicator that was usually featured at the 9 o’clock position. However, the greatest difference lies in the case material. The Funky Blue features a stainless steel case, and that is notably a first for H. Moser & Cie.
This 40.8mm watch is powered by H. Moser & Cie.’s HMC 341. It is a hand-winding movement that features its signature 7 days power reserve and the perpetual calendar complication, as well as the flash calendar function.
The H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept Funky Blue is limited to only 10 pieces, and they are all fitted with an exquisite brown kudu strap. It retails at CHF 60,000 before taxes. This is priced similarly to the White Gold version of the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept, and a CHF6,000 premium over the regular non-limited Endeavour Perpetual Calendar. Interestingly, the steel variant costs as much as the white gold one. Says Edouard Meylan, CEO of H. Moser & Cie, “Only ten pieces are made in this series. The cost of the case is 15 % of the cost of the watch. But the additional cost for creating and producing 10 cases and 10 clasps compensate what we save on the gold weight.” Nonetheless, it is a rather special timepiece, and we reckon it will certainly appeal to those who like simple, but functional watches.
Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept Funky Blue
Reference 1341-1200, steel model, sky-blue fumé dial, kudu leather strap, limited edition of 10 timepieces
– Steel, three-part
– Diameter: 40.8 mm
– Height: 11.1 mm
– Curved sapphire crystal
– See-through curved sapphire crystal case-back
– Screw-in crown adorned with an “M”
– Engraved on movement side of case with “LIMITED 10 PCS”
– Sky-blue fumé with sunburst pattern
– Leaf-shaped hands
– Month indicated with a small arrow-shaped centre hand
– Big date display
– Mechanical hand-wound in-house calibre HMC 341
– Diameter: 34.0 mm or 15 lignes
– Height: 5.8 mm
– Frequency: 18,000 Vib/h
– 28 jewels
– Power reserve: minimum 7 days
– Double barrel
– Interchangeable Moser escapement
– Original Straumann Hairspring® with stabilised Breguet overcoil
– Pallet fork and escapement wheel made from gold
– Movement and components hand-finished and decorated
– Perpetual calendar
– Big date display
– Month indicator via central hand
– Hours and minutes
– Leap year cycle indicator on movement side
– Hand-stitched beige kudu leather strap
– Steel folding clasp, engraved with the Moser logo