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What is up H. Moser & Cie.'s sleeves this year?
by Robin Lim on January 21, 2018

In this year’s SIHH, H. Moser & Cie. was probably one of the most controversial and talked-about manufacturers. It was all thanks to the Swiss Icons watch, which had generated a lot of buzz from both the collectors and press. That has somehow overshadowed the other novelties of H. Moser & Cie. 

Besides the Swiss Icons watch, which is no longer available, H. Moser & Cie had launched a total of five different pieces in this year’s edition of the exhibition. We shall take a quick look at each of the novelties.

 

Endeavour Flying Hours

 

The Endeavour Flying Hours, with an unusual way of telling time.

 

The Endeavour Flying Hour is perhaps one of the most interesting novelties from the Schaffhausen-based watch manufacturer. For this timepiece, H. Moser & Cie had incorporated an entirely new method of time-telling. This is done through a disc system, inspired by the planetary systems that had led to the birth of modern watchmaking.

The mechanism features several planetary gears mounted on star wheels: in the centre, the main disc in sapphire displays the minutes on a 240° sector; three smaller discs bearing the hour numerals are arranged around it. Each planetary gear rotates on its own axis, and the actual hour is indicated in white on one of the three discs. That will rotate around the centre minute markers, before being replaced by the next disc once it reaches the 60 minute mark.

Powering the timepiece is the Calibre C806 – a joint effort between H. Moser & Cie. and Hautlence. The movement is based on H. Moser & Cie.’s HMC200. The automatic timepiece features a bi-directional winding system, and it boasts a decent power reserve of at least 3 days. The watch, fitted with a Funky Blue dial, is available with a limited production of 60 pieces. The 42mm watch will be paired with a matching beige Kudu leather strap.

 

Endeavour Tourbillon Concept

 

The Concept version of the Endeavour Tourbillon allows both the dial and tourbillon to shine.

 

H. Moser & Cie.’s minimalist approach is accentuated with the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept. The Endeavour Concept collection, which is known to produce watches that is completely devoid of any branding or indices, allows the tourbillon to shine.

The 42mm timepiece is encased in steel, and it is powered by the in-house HMC 804 self-winding calibre. It boasts a power reserve of approximately three days. Other features include the bi-directional pawl winding system, as well as the double flat hairspring that helps to improve isochronism and accuracy.

This timepiece is limited to a production of 20 pieces, and it is fitted with the brand’s signature fumé dial.

 

Heritage Tourbillon

 

The Heritage Tourbillon is a juxtaposition of the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept.

 

The Heritage Tourbillon is perhaps the antithesis of the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept. While the latter’s aim is to be minimalist, the Heritage Tourbillon intents to showcase the manufacturer’s craftsmanship.

The dial and case of the Heritage Tourbillon is certainly a work of art. This particular piece is fitted with a Grand Feu enamel dial, coupled with rounded Roman numerals and flame-blued swallow tail hands. On the other hand, the 42mm 18k white gold case is flanked with engraving and blue enamel on the sides. It combines the efforts of master engravers, guilloché workers, stone-setters and
enamellers. The result is certainly immense.

Similar to the Endeavour Tourbillon, the watch is powered by the in-house HMC 804 movement. It will be paired with a matching hand-stitched blue alligator leather strap.

 

Swiss Alp Watch Concept Cosmic Green

 

Apple Watch? No, it is H. Moser & Cie.’s Swiss Alp Watch Concept, with a Cosmic Green dial.

 

The concept of the Swiss Alps Watch was interesting. For some collectors, they would have noted that this watch attempts to take a jibe at the Apple Watch.

This year, H. Moser & Cie. had introduced a new variant of the watch. The watch is now available with a Cosmic Green fumé dial, with sunburst pattern. It is powered by the hand-wound HMC324 movement, with a power reserve of at least 4 days.

Additionally, as this piece is from the Concept collection, the watch will not include any indices or branding on the dial. This is certainly an interesting touch, and it definitely adds more weight in the message that it wants to send across. The watch will be cased in 18k white gold, and it will be limited to a production of 20 pieces.

 

Venturer Concept Blue Lagoon

 

The Venturer Concept Blue Lagoon, in red gold.

 

Last but not least, we have the new Venturer Concept Blue Lagoon.

This is the first time that H. Moser & Cie. had offered a Concept model for the 39mm Venturer case, and what would be better way than to launch it with a new dial variant? The Blue Lagoon is the latest to join the series, and its light blue fumé dial is certainly a breath of fresh air.

The Venturer Concept Blue Lagoon is available in either red or white gold, and it is paired with either a beige kudu or brown woven leather strap. It will be fitted with the hand-wound HMC 327 movement, with a power reserve of at least 3 days. The watch will be limited to a production of 20 models for each of the variant.

 

Technical Specifications

Endeavour Flying Hours
Reference 1806-0200, white gold model, Funky Blue dial equipped with 3 discs for the hours and a central sapphire disc for the minutes, beige kudu leather strap, limited edition of 60 pieces

Case: Solid 18-carat white gold; Diameter: 42.0 mm, Height: 12.3 mm; Sapphire crystal; See-through sapphire crystal case-back; Screw-in crown adorned with an “M”
Dial: Funky Blue with sunburst pattern; 1 central disc in sapphire for the minutes; 3 openworked discs in Funky Blue for the hours
Movement: Automatic C806 Manufacture calibre developed by HAUTLENCE and H. Moser & Cie.; Oscillating weight made from solid 18-carat red gold; Diameter: 32.0 mm; Height: 6.5 mm; Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h; 33 jewels; Power reserve: minimum 72 hours; Automatic bi-directional winding system; Original Straumann Hairspring® with flat overcoil
Functions: Planetary display of hours and minutes
Strap: Beige kudu leather; 18-carat solid white gold pin buckle, engraved with the Moser logo

 

Endeavour Tourbillon Concept
Reference 1804-1200, steel model with fumé dial, hand-stitched and buffed kudu leather strap, limited edition of 20 pieces

Case: Steel, three-part; Diameter: 42 mm, Height: 11.6 mm; See-through sapphire crystal case-back; Engraved with “1 of 20”
Dial: Fumé with sunburst pattern; Blued leaf-shaped hour and minute hands
Movement: Self-winding HMC 804 Manufacture calibre; Diameter: 32.0 mm or 14 1/4 lignes; Height: 5.5 mm; Frequency: 21,600 vibrations/hour; Automatic bi-directional pawl winding system; Oscillating weight heavy metal with engraved H. Moser & Cie. logo; Power reserve: minimum 3 days; Original double hairspring; Modular one minute flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock with skeletonised bridges
Functions: Hours and minutes
Strap: Hand-stitched and buffed kudu leather strap; Solid steel folding buckle, engraved with the Moser logo

 

Endeavour Heritage Tourbillon
Reference 8804-0200, white gold model, enamel dial, blue alligator leather strap

Case: Solid 18-carat white gold; Engraving and blue enamel on the case flanks; Diameter: 42.0 mm, Height: 12.2 mm; Sapphire crystal
Dial: White “Grand Feu” enamel dial; Roman numeral indices; Swallow tail-shaped blued hands
Movement: Automatic HMC 804 Manufacture calibre; Diameter: 32.0 mm or 14 1/4 lignes; Height: 5.5 mm; Frequency: 21,600 vibrations/hour; Automatic bi-directional pawl winding system; Oscillating weight in gold with engraved H. Moser & Cie. logo; Power reserve: minimum 3 days; Original double hairspring; Modular one-minute flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock with skeletonised bridges
Functions: Hours and minutes
Strap: Hand-stitched blue alligator leather strap; Solid 18-carat white gold folding clasp with Moser logo

 

Swiss Alp Watch Concept Cosmic Green
Reference 5324-0210, white gold model, cosmic green fumé dial, beige kudu leather strap, limited edition of 20 pieces

Case: Solid 18 carat white gold; Dimensions: 38.2 x 44.0 mm, Height: 10.3 mm; Sapphire crystal; See-through sapphire crystal case-back; Screw-in crown adorned with an “M”
Dial: Cosmic green fumé with sunburst pattern; Leaf-shaped hour and minute hands
Movement: Hand-wound HMC 324 Manufacture calibre; Dimensions: 32.0 mm x 36.0 mm / height: 4.8 mm; Frequency: 18,000 Vib/h; 27 jewels; Power reserve: minimum 4 days; Moser teeth for all wheels and pinions; Interchangeable Moser escapement; Original Straumann Hairspring® with stabilised Breguet overcoil; Gold escapement wheel and pallet fork; Movement and components hand-finished and decorated
Functions: Hours and minutes; Power reserve indicator on movement side
Strap: Stitched and buffed beige kudu leather strap; 18-carat solid white gold pin buckle engraved with the Moser logo

 

Venturer Concept Blue Lagoon
Reference 2327-0214, white gold model, Blue Lagoon fumé dial, beige kudu leather strap, limited edition of 20 pieces
Reference 2327-0406, red gold model, Blue Lagoon fumé dial, brown woven leather strap, limited edition of 20 pieces

Cases: 18-carat red or white gold, three-part; Diameter: 39.0 mm, Height: 11.9 mm; Curved sapphire crystal; See-through sapphire crystal case-back; Crown adorned with an “M”; Engraved on the movement side of the case “1 of 20”
Dial: Blue Lagoon fumé with sunburst pattern; Leaf-shaped hands
Movement: Hand-wound HMC 327 Manufacture calibre; Dimensions: 32.0 mm or 14 ¼ lignes, height: 4.5 mm; Frequency: 18,000 vib/h; 29 jewels; Power reserve: minimum 3 days; Moser teeth for all wheels and pinions; Original Straumann Hairspring® with stabilised Breguet overcoil
Functions: Hours and minutes; Power reserve indicator on movement side
Strap: Beige kudu leather or brown woven leather; 18-carat solid red or white gold pin buckle, engraved with the Moser logo

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