H Moser & Cie - PIONEER PERPETUAL CALENDAR
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H Moser & Cie - PIONEER PERPETUAL CALENDAR

PIONEER PERPETUAL CALENDAR

H Moser & Cie
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38'000 €

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THE ALL-TERRAIN PERPETUAL CALENDAR IN STEEL

An extremely wearable perpetual calendar, designed to elegantly display the time under any circumstances, both on land and in water: introducing the Pioneer Perpetual Calendar from H. Moser & Cie. Water-resistant to 120 metres, it is the first complication of its kind which is truly suited to everyday wear, thanks to its durable steel case. To those who consider this pointless, H. Moser & Cie. would highlight the practicality of this solution, which makes it possible to keep the perpetual calendar — without doubt the most useful complication of all — on the wrist rather than stored in a box.
 
In 2015, H. Moser & Cie. launched the Pioneer collection. Bold and modern, the mark of a pioneering and adventurous spirit, with a strong design which makes reference to the industrial world, models in this collection are both elegant and comfortable – perfect for everyday wear. For H. Moser & Cie., the Pioneer was the natural choice when including a steel model in its regular collection: the Pioneer Perpetual Calendar is easy to use and comfortable to wear. Akin to a suit of armour with a 42.8 mm diameter, the Pioneer Perpetual Calendar case protects the complex mechanism at the heart of the watch.
 
On one side, the Pioneer Perpetual Calendar features the mesmerising H. Moser midnight-blue fumé dial. The luminescent dots on the flange and the hands filled with Superluminova® allow the display to be read at any time of day. For the strap, H. Moser & Cie. has chosen black alligator leather.
 
From the back of the watch, the legendary H. Moser perpetual calendar calibre can be admired through the curved sapphire crystal case-back. A marvel of ingenuity and complexity, enhancing a complication executed with absolute simplicity, the HMC 800 calibre guarantees a minimum power reserve of 7 days.
 
With the Pioneer Perpetual Calendar, H. Moser & Cie. revisits this complication, bringing it into the 21st century for a modern era in which we jump from work to the gym, then home to family for yet more activities with little time to relax. The Pioneer Perpetual Calendar perfectly steps up to these new requirements, combining style with practicality.
 

Technical specifications

TECHNICAL FEATURES – PIONEER PERPETUAL CALENDAR
Reference 3800-1200, steel model, midnight-blue fumé dial, black alligator leather strap
 
Case
Solid steel case
Diameter: 42.8 mm, height without sapphire crystal: 11.3 mm
Curved sapphire crystal and see-through case-back
Screw-in crown adorned with an “M”
Water-resistant to 120 metres
 
Dial
Midnight-blue fumé with sunburst pattern
Applique indices, with hour markers in Superluminova®
Flange with fluted structure
 
Hands
Leaf-shaped, partially skeletonised
Superluminova® luminescent elements on hands
 
Movement
HMC 800 hand-wound calibre
Diameter: 34.0 mm or 15 lignes, height: 6.3 mm
Frequency: 18,000 Vib/h
32 jewels
Power reserve: minimum 7 days
Hacking seconds
Double barrel
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
Perpetual "Flash Calendar" display
Big date display
Month indicator via central hand
Hours and minutes
Small second
Power reserve indicator on dial
Leap year cycle indicator on movement side 
 
Strap
Black alligator leather strap
Steel pin buckle, with engraved H. Moser & Cie. 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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