H Moser & Cie - Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time
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H Moser & Cie - Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time

Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time

H Moser & Cie
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Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time

The Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time, with the HMC 802 automatic movement, is unique both for the dual time function, that may be hidden when not in use, and the Moser minute tourbillon module. The delicate finishing of the dial highlights the Moser interchangeable tourbillon module revealed below an open-worked bridge.
 
Encased in red gold with a matching dial in red gold fumé and a sunburst pattern, this Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time has a brown alligator strap and a red gold folding clasp.
 
 
MOSER TOURBILLON MODULE
 
The sensation at the heart of the H. Moser Tourbillon Dual Time is the interchangeable Moser Tourbillon Module. The inspiration for H. Moser & Cie. was to construct this ingenious minute tourbillon as a module for the ease and accuracy of assembly and service. This is no easy feat, since the tourbillon components are even smaller than a conventional escapement. A further improvement was possible with the addition of a Straumann Double Hairspring® within the tourbillon. With the gravitational influence typical in a hairspring compensated by these meticulously paired hairsprings, the result is a tourbillon with enhanced accuracy and greater precision.
 
 

Technical specifications

REFERENCE : 2802-0400
CASE MATERIAL :  Red gold
DIAL COLOUR :  Red gold fumé
POWER RESERVE : > 3 days
CASE DIAMETER :  41,5 mm
MOVEMENT :  Automatic
 
Technical specifications :
 
Case: diameter 41.5 mm, height: 14.3 mm
Movement: in-house automatic calibre HMC 802, 
diameter: 34.0 mm, height: 6.5 mm
Frequency: 21,600 vib/h
Second time-zone display
Hours and minutes
Interchangeable Moser minute tourbillon
Moser teeth for all wheels and pinions
Original Straumann Double Hairspring®
Movement and components handfinished and decorated
Oscillating weight made from 18-carat red gold
Automatic pawl-winding system
See-through sapphire crystal case-back
Hand-stitched alligator strap
Solid 18-carat red or white gold folding clasp, with an 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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