H Moser & Cie - VENTURER SMOKY SAPPHIRE
H Moser & Cie - VENTURER SMOKY SAPPHIRE

VENTURER SMOKY SAPPHIRE

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AN EXQUISITE WATCH

Alternating diamonds and sapphires form a sparkling circle, bringing the Venturer Smoky Sapphire to life. Carefully chosen sapphires in gradually deepening shades of blue form the dial of this exceptional watch. H. Moser & Cie. has chosen brilliant-cut stones for this exquisite reinterpretation of the nuances of its famed fumé dials.
 
Bewitching, fascinating: the Venturer Smoky Sapphire is a unique and dazzling reinterpretation of the famed H. Moser & Cie. fumé dials – dials that are an integral part of the company's design codes. Only the most beautiful sapphires were selected to adorn the dial to create a stunning colour gradation effect. On the bezel, lugs and side of the case, diamonds soften the clean, minimalist lines of the Venturer collection, inspired by H. Moser & Cie.'s historic pocket watches and by the convex shapes typical of the 1960s.
 
Beneath the curved sapphire crystal, the dial sparkles and accentuates the extremely refined lines of the bezel. In 2015, H. Moser & Cie. introduced its Concept Series of watches that distinguish themselves from the current watch industry trend to increasingly use logos and other marketing devices. Like this series, the Venturer Smoky Sapphire features neither indices nor logo. The watch itself remains the focus; the stones that decorate it are advertising enough and ensure that it is immediately recognisable.
 
At the heart of this piece, beneath its hypnotic blue dial, beats the hand-wound HMC 327 Manufacture calibre.
 
Finally, as with all new models produced from January 1st, 2017, this watch will not feature the Swiss Made label on the dial as the Schaffhausen-based Manufacture, whose creations are over 95% Swiss, does not consider the label sufficiently rigorous. 
 
 

Technical specifications

Reference 2327 0205, limited edition of 20 pieces, white gold case with 313 brillant cut diamonds, gradation effect dial, hand stitched kudu strap.
 
Case:
- diameter 43 mm, height 12.6 mm
- See-through sapphire crystal case-back
 
Movement:
- In-house hand-wound calibre HMC 327,
- diameter: 32.0 mm, height: 4.5 mm
- Frequency: 18,000 vib/h
- Power reserve: minimum 3 days
- Hacking seconds
- Moser teeth for all wheels and pinions
- Original Straumann Hairspring® with stabilised Breguet overcoil
- Movement and components hand-finished and decorated
 
Functions
- Hours and minutes
- Off-center seconds hand
- Power-reserve indicator
 
Strap :
- Hand-stitched alligator strap
- Solid 18-carat white gold pin buckle, 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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