H Moser & Cie - H. MOSER & CIE. ENDEAVOUR PERPETUAL CALENDAR FUNKY BLUE
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H Moser & Cie - H. MOSER & CIE. ENDEAVOUR PERPETUAL CALENDAR FUNKY BLUE

H. MOSER & CIE. ENDEAVOUR PERPETUAL CALENDAR FUNKY BLUE

H Moser & Cie
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DISTINCTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO CONVENTIONAL WATCHMAKING

This irreverent design by H. Moser & Cie. continues to tear down preconceptions. Countering the view that a perpetual calendar must be restricted to a classic look, the manufacture launches the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Funky Blue, a bold reinterpretation of this haute horlogerie model featuring a sky- blue dial and a kudu leather strap. 

H. Moser & Cie. is taking a non-conformist stance at Baselworld by giving its perpetual calendar a brand new look. Aimed at watch fans searching for a model with classic appeal, this noteworthy watch avoids being modern trends and does not resemble watches worn by their grandfathers. The Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Funky Blue is the response to those who favour elegance and tradition, without sacrificing design. This watch has distinction: an authentic identity, a genuine signature; as a very rare timepiece from the H. Moser Manufacture, this exceptional watch stands out from the crowd. 

Renowned for its celebrated fumé dials, H. Moser & Cie. is exploring new possibilities and is pushing the dial-maker's craft even further. While the existing versions have a classic look, this Endeavour Perpetual Calendar is rewriting the rules with its electric blue dial, paired with a leather strap with a robust, rustic appearance – including natural markings – that offers the perfect contrast to the refined details and finishes of the dial and case. The common denominator is the HMC 341 manufacture movement, as ingenious as ever. Appreciated as a masterpiece in simplicity and refinement, this perpetual calendar uses the indexes to show the months and can be adjusted forwards or backwards at any time without risk to the mechanism. With this unique and attractive combination, H. Moser & Cie. is changing the rules by mixing traditional watchmaking with seductive design. A perpetual calendar with an adventurous appeal: H. Moser & Cie. has created something truly surprising, building on the exceptional and extremely rare developments it began in 2014. 

 

Technical specifications

TECHNICAL FEATURES
Reference 1341-0207, white gold model, sky-blue fumé dial, kudu leather strap 

Case
18-carat white gold, three-part Diameter: 40.8 mm, Height: 11.1 mm Curved sapphire crystal
See-through sapphire crystal case-back Screw-in crown adorned with an “M” 

Dial
Sky-blue fumé with sunburst pattern
Applique indexes
Leaf-shaped hour and minute hands
Month indicated with a small arrow-shaped centre hand Small second offset at 6 o'clock
Date window 

Movement
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
Hacking seconds
Double barrel
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
Small second
Perpetual calendar with date and month Big date display
Month indicator via central hand
Power reserve indicator on dial
Leap year cycle indicator on movement side 

Strap
Hand-stitched beige kudu leather strap 

18-carat solid white gold folding clasp 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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