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

Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Sapphire Skeleton

H Moser & Cie
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1'000'000 €

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« ONE WAS NOT ENOUGH »

In 2015, on the first day of Baselworld, Laurent Picciotto of Chronopassion fell in love with the Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Sapphire Skeleton by H. Moser & Cie. and acquired this stunning timepiece worth 1 million Swiss Francs. This masterpiece featuring a new skeleton movement, a case made entirely from sapphire and a 3D printed strap was a unique piece. But "one was not enough" for Laurent, who commissioned the Schaffhausen-based Manufacture to create another model with a sapphire case, but this model was to be even more daring.

 

The case for this second model, created once again entirely from sapphire, comes from the H. Moser & Cie. Venturer Collection. The finish on the case flanks with its unusual shapes, the exquisite bezel, the curve of the dial and the crystal, the proportions which echo the convex forms of the 1960s – the beauty of all these features is amplified by the transparency of the sapphire. The sapphire case highlights the beauty of the HMC 803 automatic calibre. Entirely skeletonised, this movement was blued by CVD, a chemical vapour deposition process. The unexpected design combines the modern architecturalshapes of the bridges with a nickel silver movement and a blue finish associated with traditional haute horlogerie. Framed by the Venturer's ultra-thin bezel, the hand-finished movement is open to full view through the sapphire flange bearing the hour indices. The long, tapered hands are created in rose gold, as is the main bridge of the tourbillon, arching broadly across the cage.  On the reverse side of the watch, the bidirectional rotor, made from 22-carat solid red gold, is also engraved and openworked. 

 

The Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Sapphire Blue Skeleton is equipped with a second time zone, indicated by a red, rhodium-plated hand, which is concealed beneath the main hour hand when the function is not in use. It also features an interchangeable minute tourbillon equipped with an original Straumann Double Hairspring®, a stroke of genius for a watch that is truly a part of the history of time, and which transcends the advantages of a simple tourbillon. 

 

The Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Sapphire Blue Skeleton is an exceptional timepiece: a daring and innovative model with a provocative design. Never has a tourbillon been any less conventional. Playing with surprising contrasts, H. Moser & Cie. showcases watchmaking's most traditional and exceptional complication, the tourbillon, with a contemporary twist that is also nuanced and brings lightness.

 

Technical specifications

TECHNICAL FEATURES – VENTURER TOURBILLON DUAL TIME SAPPHIRE BLUE SKELETON

Reference 2803-1002, sapphire model, dial with sapphire flange, black alligator leather strap, unique piece

Case

Sapphire case, three-part

Diameter: 41.5 mm, height: 14.3 mm 

Curved sapphire crystal and see-through sapphire case back 

Sapphire crown engraved with an “M” 

 

Dial

Sapphire flange integrated into the 3-part sapphire case

Midnight blue indices
Rose gold leaf-shaped hands 

 

Movement

Blue skeletonised, in-house, automatic HMC 803 calibre 

Diameter: 34.0 mm or 15 lignes, height: 6.5 mm 

Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h

Bi-directional pawl winding

Solid 22-carat red gold skeletonised rotor engraved with the H. Moser & Cie. hallmark 

Power reserve: minimum 3 days

Moser teeth for all wheels and pinions 

Original Straumann Double Hairspring® 

Interchangeable Moser minute tourbillon at 6 o'clock with skeletonised bridges 

 

Functions

Hours and minutes 

Second hour hand can be hidden when not in use 

 

Strap 

Hand-stitched black alligator leather strap

18-carat gold pin buckle 

 

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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