H Moser & Cie - Blue Mayu special blue
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H Moser & Cie - Blue Mayu special blue

Blue Mayu special blue

H Moser & Cie

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Blue Mayu spécial

 

 

 The classic H. Moser & Cie. model boasts new dials and new materials, offering up a feast for the eyes. The collection, which bears the name of Heinrich Moser's first wife, comprises 7 models: these are variations on the theme of finesse. 

 

Refinement and elegance are the watchwords of the Mayu model. With its case 38.8 mm in diameter and 9.3 mm thick, this watch is perfectly balanced, providing wearability suitable both for men and women. The harmonious design of its dial, exhibiting alternating appliqué and transfer baton indexes, lends it a classic aura, an impression reinforced by the off-centre large seconds hand, reminiscent of pocket watches of the period, with the oversized numeral 12, and by the large hands. Visible through the sapphire back fitted on the case, the in-house manufactured hand-wound HMC 321 movement is the beating heart of the beautiful Mayu. Equipped with a large barrel, it provides remarkable endurance, ensuring a power reserve of at least 72 hours. On the watch back, there is a power reserve indicator on the movement, to ensure that the movement is sufficiently wound to offer the best possible precision. The Mayu collection represents the successful marriage between an elegant look and cutting-edge technology.

Technical specifications

 

 

Case
  • 18-carat rose gold, three-part Diameter: 38.8 mm 
  • Height: 9.30 mm Curved sapphire crystal 
  • See-through sapphire crystal case back Screw-in crown adorned with an “M” 
Dial 
  • Special blue fumé with sun pattern ground finish 
  • Transfer and appliqué indexes 
  • Rose gold hands 
  • Sub-dial with seconds hand at 6 o'clock 
Movement
  • In-house hand-wound calibre HMC 321, Diameter: 32 mm or 14 lignes, Height: 4.80 mm 
  • Frequency: 18,000 vib/h 27 jewels 
  • Power reserve: minimum 72 hours 
  • Hacking seconds 
  • Moser teeth for all wheels and pinions 
  • 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 
Functions 
  • Hour and minute 
  • Off-centre seconds hand 
  • Power reserve indicator on movement side 
Strap 
  • Hand-stitched brown kudu 
  • Solid 18-carat rose gold pin buckle, with engraved Moser logo

Who's who

 

H. Moser & Cie is probably the least well-known of the great manufactories – one of the hidden pearls of top watch-making beloved of Laurent Picciotto. How many people know that as early as 1840, H. Moser & Cie had a dominant position on the watch market – in Japan, China, Persia, Turkistan and Russia? And how many know that the manufactory produced no fewer than 70 in-house calibers? Heinrich Moser was not only a watch-maker but above all a visionary and entrepreneur. Like all free thinkers, he was ahead of his time, initially rejected by his home town of Schaffhouse – although paradoxically enough, it was to become a leading watch-making centre with IWC! “Contrary to what you might expect, Mosers are watches that don’t reveal everything at first glance,” emphasises Laurent Picciotto. In the same way, Heinrich Moser’s personality is not easy to delve into. Although he was deeply attached to Schaffhouse, he began his career in Saint-Petersburg. He didn’t set up a manufactory straight away, but as was the custom at that time, founded a trading post for watches produced by him or by other manufacturers. When he decided to develop the use of his own movements, he settled in Locle, rather than Schaffhouse. And his output was aimed not at the European market, but at Nijni Novgorod and Irbit! These two cities hosted the major trade fairs at that time, ensuring rapid commercial development, and leading to him hiring 50 employees. Still going against the flow, at a time when the most famous watchmakers were Swiss and French, Heinrich Moser used German, Russian, Italian and Swedish watchmakers. At the same time, the entrepreneur returned to his home town and began industrialising the region, building things like railways and dams – still in use in 2012! In the end – still in keeping with the somewhat atypical journey of the brand – despite Heinrich Moser having built a great empire with amazing potential for growth, when he died in 1874, his family decided to sell everything. The watchmaking part of the business was disbanded, but Heinrich Moser had nonetheless ensured that the brand name “H. Moser & Cie” remained attached to any watch production based on the fundamentals he had established. And so it was that the brand passed down through the decades (with varying degrees of success) until 2002, when Dr Jürgen Lange filed the original brand name of the founder internationally. It was time for the company Moser Schaffhausen AG to come to life again, reincorporating the Moser line. Today, Heinrich Moser’s great-grandson, Roger Nicholas Balsiger, is honorary chairman. In autumn 2005, at the time of the bicentenary of its founder, Heinrich Moser, the company was making a comeback on the international watchmaking scene. “Today they are subtle, rational pieces,” explains Laurent Picciotto. “We’ve given the brand time to find its feet. The approach is certainly Germanic, but offbeat, with traditional yet uncommon tones and basic functions, concealing high-class workings – large date, retrograde display, 7-day power reserve, and so on. Today’s timepieces really do correspond to precise specifications – a purist’s approach, aimed at strong personalities.”

Journalist : Olivier Müller

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