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“There is not one black, but many blacks,” said the couturier Yves Saint Laurent. Upon discovering the dial of the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Vantablack,® one can only agree. Here, the technology developed by Surrey NanoSystems in 2014 finds a new outlet for expression. The coating, made up of carbon nanotubes 10,000 times thinner than a hair, absorbs 99.96% of the light. The result? A black of a density never before achieved. To enhance this technical feature, Moser is returning to the concept it launched in 2015, leaving the dial devoid of any brand or logo. This ultra-refined presentation showcases the one-minute flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock. The cage, its wheel, balance and exhaust bridges were machined from aerospace aluminum and coated with black PVD. This stiffer material optimizes the energy balance and guarantees better performance. A pair of leaf-shaped hour and minute hands flies over the whole assembly.
The 50 pieces of the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Vantablack® are worn on a black alligator leather strap finished with a white gold folding clasp.
Price: 75,000 CHF
By Dan Diaconu
A few years after the launch of its Concept watch, with no indices or logo, H. Moser & Cie is back with a tourbillon at the base of its electric green dial.
In 2015, H. Moser & Cie, the brand based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, launched its Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept collection, featuring watches without indices or a logo. The range symbolises a simpler way to experience time, refocusing on the essential, far removed from marketing and the overabundance of brand names posted everywhere like crazy. The range has since evolved and now includes a range of features and colours, such as the hypnotic Cosmic Green introduced in 2017. The same colour is back this year in a new model, the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Cosmic Green.
On a dial without hour markers, a minute track, a second scale or any other frills, the magnetic green colour is even more striking, and enhanced by a sunburst finish and smoky effect. In the centre, two silvered leaf-shaped hands display the hours and minutes, while a round opening at 6 o’clock shows off the flying tourbillon with its open-work bridges.
The Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Cosmic Green is worn with a beige kudu leather strap – the kudu being a big African antelope – and a white-gold tang buckle.
Price on request
By Sharmila Bertin
The brand from Neuhausen am Rheinfall in northern Switzerland is known for its commitment to a timeless approach to style. It has launched two new limited editions, giving pride of place to the simplicity of the dials.
The Holy Grail for a watchmaker is to create watches with a strong personality that are easy to recognise on wrists because of the shape of the case, the strap links or the design of the dial. The watches made by H. Moser & Cie, ranging from their standard models to the Concept collection with no hour markers or logo, are undeniably easy to spot. The brand based in Neuhausen am Rheinfall in northern Switzerland continues to explore this creative vein, always pushing forward with its commitment to elegant simplicity. It has now launched two watches limited to 50 pieces for each type of gold: the Venturer Big Date Purity.
The model is available in white or rose gold, and comes in two of the most famous colours in the H. Moser & Cie catalogue, the Funky Blue, an unusual shade of blue that grows darker as it reaches the edge of the dial (an effect reminiscent of the sfumato technique) and the “smoked” grey-brown that has been a regular feature of the brand for quite a while now. On each of the two sides, discretion is the watchword. A concept that includes four stick-shaped hour markers. The gilded or silver applied indices, depending on the model, are joined by a couple of matching leaf-shaped hands for the hours and minutes. A running seconds counter at 6 o’clock rounds off the time elements. At 3 o’clock, a counter displays an oversized white date against a black background, assisted by the “Flash Calendar“ system that immediately changes the date at midnight and with bidirectional setting.
Housed in a 41.5mm-wide case with a sapphire crystal caseback, the calibre HMC100 leads the dance. The hand-wound movement with a double barrel runs at a gentle rhythm of 18,800 vibrations an hour and provides a power reserve of between 7 and 10 days.
Price: 29,900 CHF
By Sharmila Bertin
GREEN, THE COLOUR OF HOPE
The watchmakers from Neuhausen am Rheinfall continue their quest for minimalist luxury with the Concept collection, free of any irksome visual flourishes, and now expanded to include a watch with a green dial.
About two years ago, H.Moser & Cie decided to take the opposite direction from brands that specialise in dials filled with logos and other information, billboard-style, and which are so hard to read that the main thing – time – is lost sight of. A return to basics embodied in the minimalist style of a model that later became a collection named Concept. This year, the Neuhausen am Rheinfall watchmakers have renewed the experience with a watch featuring an emerald green dial, the Endeavour Concept Cosmic Green Limited Edition.
H.Moser & Cie love to invent new colours. After “Funky Blue“ comes a new colour christened “Cosmic Green“, a deep green topped off with a Sfumato-type effect, the famous “smoky“ style that is typical of the brand’s dials. We should note in passing that green is a somewhat unusual colour in contemporary watchmaking, but one that seems to be making something of a breakthrough.
Moving across the green disc, like forest foliage, is a pair of hands shaped like… leaves! They show the hours and minutes, while the seconds tick away on a slim second hand. All three hands are silver or gold in colour, depending on the Endeavour Concept Cosmic Green Limited Edition model. They are powered by the HMC343 calibre, with its double barrels providing a power reserve of over seven days.
This manual wind movement is housed in a 40.8 mm case. The watch is available in white or pink gold, with 20 pieces available in each colour.
Price on request.
By Sharmila Bertin
The smartwatch by H. Moser & Cie: Swiss Alp Watch S
The Neuhausen am Rheinfall-based watch brand has brought out an S version (as in Smart and Sexy) of its 100% Swiss watch.
Moser & Cie shook up the watchmaking world in January 2016 when it turned fashion on its head. The current market is flooded with smartwatches whose dials have been replaced by screens displaying countless apps so the brand brought out a fully mechanical version whose design is inspired by connected timepieces but it only displays the essential: time. The 50 limited edition models of the famous Swiss Alp Watch sold out as soon as the news came out.
It’s late summer and H. Moser & Cie is repeating history with a new version of the watch in its collection: Swiss Alp Watch S. The good news is it’s not a limited edition.
Like its forebear, the Swiss Alp Watch S has a white gold rectangular 38.2x44mm case with a screwdown crown. The sapphire crystal back gives you a glimpse of the mechanical manual wind movement by H. Moser & Cie: the HMC 324 calibre fuels the time functions and 4-day power reserve.
The dial is coated in smoky midnight blue (the Neuhausen am Rheinfall brand’s signature) with a soft sunburst design bearing a silver hour rim. Applied time markers are tracked by metallic leaf-shape hour and minute hands. The seconds are off-centre at 6 in a blue counter enclosed in a graduated ring.
Price upon request
By Sharmila Bertin
Introducing the H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept Funky Blue
The Northern Swiss brand from Neushausen am Rheinfall is continuing its quest for minimalism and back to basics with a new conceptual timepiece. The Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept Funky Blue has all H. Moser & Cie’s signature features but the hour markers, seconds hand and brand logo have all disappeared.
The dial has been stripped back, not laid bare, and wrapped in a smoky sunburst blue coat. A set of silver leaf-shape hands burst from the heart of the blue disc to track the hours and minutes. A small arrow-tipped hand follows the months, a large white-on-black date display lies at 3 whilst the leap years appear with the movement.
The functions are brought to life by the HMC 341 manual wind movement which provides a 7-day power reserve from inside the 40.8mm steel case.
Price: 60,000 CHF
By Sharmila Bertin
With the smartwatch invasion upon us, there are those who have hidden their heads in the sand, those who have hopped on the technological bandwagon to design hybrid models at breakneck speed to turn an easy profit, and there are those who have rolled up their sleeves, stayed true to their roots and taken a stand for traditional mechanical watchmaking. Turning the trend on its head, Edouard Meylan, CEO of H. Moser & Cie, has unveiled a timepiece whose design is inspired by a smartwatch but its 100% Swiss core has a mechanical heart: Swiss Alp Watch. The special edition (50 available) has a white gold case (38.2x44mm) enclosing a manual wind HMC324 calibre which provides a 4-day power reserve (96 hours). The movement brings to life key time functions: the hours and minutes adorn the centre of the signature smoky dial as leaf-shape hands glide over the applied indices and the seconds appear in a counter at 6. Price: 24,900 CHF. Sharmila Bertin
The dandy behind the spellbinding “Slave to Love” (1985) and former front man in British pop rock band Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry has another passion aside from art and music: watchmaking. He loves it so much that he’s collaborated with H. Moser & Cie to design a special limited edition (100 available). Inspired by the brand’s classic pocket watch designs, the Endeavour Small Seconds Bryan Ferry has a matt white lacquer dial rimmed by a black minute track. The Arabic hour numerals are all in black apart from the red 12 and tracked by two blue steel Breguet hands. The seconds counter lies at 6 o’ clock and the time functions are brought to life by the manual wind HMC321 calibre. The movement fuels a 72-hour power reserve inside the 38.8mm rose gold case which you can gaze at beneath the sapphire crystal and partially openwork back. Price: 17,000 CHF. Sharmila Bertin
In a world that’s moving too fast where you’re constantly bombarded by marketing, blinded by logos and driven to overspend, you often want (or need) to say “stop!”, go at your own pace, refocus on yourself and go back to basics. The return to core values and natural beauty is part of the message from the Endeavour concept model. Stripped of branding and time markers, this piece’s signature smoky dial in rhodium or midnight blue has two leaf-shape hour and minute hands in the centre and a slim silver-tone seconds hand. The white or rose gold case houses the manual wind HMC343 calibre to bring to life the time functions and power reserve indicator on the movement side. Ten of each of the four models are available. The watch has a strap in alligator, calfskin or kudu (African antelope). Price: 24,000 CHF
The Endeavour collection pays tribute to the tenacity and drive which Heinrich Moser (1805-1874) demonstrated throughout his life. The Schaffhausen-born (northern Switzerland) watchmaker had to endure long journeys in terrible conditions to present his mechanical pieces. This very perseverance has gone into the DLC-coated titanium case topped with circular sapphire crystal. The watch houses a self-winding mechanical movement made by H. Moser et Cie. The movement has a 3-day power reserve and brings the functions to life (hours, minutes, GMT and small seconds). On the matt grey carbon dial, two leaf-shaped hands point to the hours (in the form of 11 applied indices) and minutes whilst a red hand points to the second time zone. The seconds appear in a counter at 6 o’ clock. Limited edition of 20 pieces. Price upon request