H Moser & Cie - H.Moser & Co. Concept tourbillon funky blue
H Moser & Cie - H.Moser & Co. Concept tourbillon funky blue

H.Moser & Co. Concept tourbillon funky blue

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H. MOSER & CIE.: THE ESSENCE OF THE TOURBILLON

 H. Moser & Cie. enjoys combining design cues to create an unexpected effect and make the traditional sexy. In the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept, H. Moser & Cie. has extracted the essence of this complex mechanism with both technical and aesthetic appeal, combining it with the minimalist approach characteristic of the Schaffhausen-based Manufacture to emphasise the visual impact of the tourbillon.

 

By associating it with the refined simplicity of the H. Moser fumé dials in their Concept style, without logo or indices, the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept represents an elegant yet contemporary reworking of the tourbillon. Only the essence remains: 100% traditional Swiss watchmaking, resolutely contemporary and utterly seductive. 

 

Positioned at 6 o'clock, the eye-catching flying tourbillon takes centre stage in the pared-back dial; appearing to float weightlessly. The Endeavour Tourbillon Concept is an ode to simplicity in white gold with the famous Funky Blue dial. Refocusing the debate on genuine luxury, striking and distinctive even in the absence of a logo, H. Moser & Cie. has placed the spotlight back on the product. The Schaffhausen-based Manufacture has also responded to a real need: the desire to return to basics, a desire for authenticity. The Endeavour Tourbillon Concept is a timepiece that has to be earned. Its secrets are not readily revealed, but must be discovered over time. Not everyone can own such a watch. Maturity and self-confidence are vital in order to design, as well as wear, such a pure model with a look as bold as this. 

 

Founded on ingenuity, the H. Moser & Cie. Manufacture has developed more than 10 calibres over the last 10 years. Behind the skeleton bridge of the Moser minute tourbillon, the latest movement – the HMC 804 automatic calibre with three-day power reserve – can be seen beating. Powering this movement, the oscillating weight transfers the energy to the barrel via a bi-directional pawl winding system which reduces the time required to fully wind the watch. Made from 18-carat solid red gold, the oscillating weight is skeletonised to reveal the mechanism beneath. 

 

A marvel of ingenuity, this movement is equipped with a double flat hairspring designed and produced in-house. Thanks to this pair of matched hairsprings, the movement of the point of gravity on each spring when it expands is corrected, significantly improving accuracy and isochronism in continual pursuit of perfection. In addition, the paired hairsprings also reduce the effect of friction normally experienced with a single hairspring, improving isochronism.

 

Finally, the tourbillon's unique design makes it an interchangeable module, assembled and regulated independently of the movement via a simple plug and play system which allows easy servicing. The result is a tourbillon better adapted to the needs of early 21st century users. 

 

The unmistakeable H. Moser style of irreverent Haute Horlogerie. 

 

Technical specifications

REFERENCE : 1804-0200

 

- LIMITED EDITION OF 20 PIECES - 

 

 

CASE 

- 18-carat white gold, three-part 

Diameter: 42 mm 

- Height: 11.6 mm 

- See-through sapphire crystal case-back 

- Engraved with "1 of 20" 

 

DIAL 

- Funky Blue with sunburst pattern 

- Leaf-shaped hour and minute hands 

 

MOVEMENT

- Automatic calibre HMC 804 Manufacture 

- Diameter: 32.0 mm or 14 1/4 lignes 

- Height: 5.5 mm 

- Frequency: 21,600 vibrations/hour 

- Automatic bi-directional pawl winding system 

- Oscillating weight in 18-carat red gold with engraved H. Moser & Cie. logo 

- Power reserve : min 72H 

Original double hairspring 

- Moser minute flying tourbillon at 6 o'clock with skeletonised bridges 

 

FUNCTIONS

- Hours and minutes 

- Flying Tourbillon

 

STRAP & BUCKLE

- Hand-stitched and buffed kudu leather strap 

- 18-carat solid white gold folding clasp engraved with the 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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