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Legibility has always been an essential element in H. Moser & Cie. watches, which is why H. Moser's date watches feature a seamlessly-integrated, extra-large date.
With this new reference in white gold, the Venturer Big Date sets this remarkable date window in adeeply mysterious midnight-blue fumé dial. Despite its refined look, the accent is on comfort and practicality inside and out: this watch features the Flash Calendar system which has brought the Manufacture's date movements such recognition. 
Clean lines, a curved profile with a convex sapphire crystal, an extremely refined bezel that opens up the dial completely and the off-centre small seconds at 6 o'clock: the Venturer Big Date remains faithful to the design which proved so successful in the Venturer family. With this model, the Neuhausen-based manufacture has been bold, creating a big date display at 3 o'clock and bringing to life one of the largest, most legible date displays on the market, whose secret lies in its stacked date discs: the upper disc bears the numerals 1 to 15, whilst the second disc has the numbers 16 to 31. Thanks to this ingenious system, each number is also perfectly centred in the window. 
With its white gold case measuring 41.5 mm in diameter, the Venturer Big Date retains an air of refined elegance. For a more mysterious look, the Venturer Big Date is available with a magnificent midnight-blue fumé dial adding a mesmerising depth to the piece. Gently curved, this dial is set off by a precise bezel and finished with a convex crystal. The watch is completed with a black alligator leather strap.
The Venturer Big Date is beautiful and practical in equal measure. The HMC 100 hand-wound, in-house calibre guarantees up to 10 days’ power reserve, thanks to a double barrel. Featuring the Flash Calendar mechanism, this ensures an instantaneous date-change at midnight. It also enables the date to be adjusted forward or backward at any time using the crown, even if the date is in the process of changing, without risk of damaging the movement. The desire for rigour and accuracy led the watchmakers at H. Moser & Cie. to design the Double Pull Crown mechanism, also found on the Venturer Big Date: with this function there is no risk of changing the time when the date is being set as it is necessary to pull out the crown, briefly release it, and then pull it out a second time to adjust the time on the watch.
A big date with an exceptionally vintage elegance, the Venturer Big Date by H. Moser & Cie. is set to become an iconic model.

Technical specifications

Reference 2100 0202, Case in white gold, midnight blue “fumé” dial, hand-stitched alligator strap.
- Diameter 41.5 mm, height: 14.5 mm
- See-through sapphire crystal case-back
- In-house hand-wound calibre HMC 100, diameter: 34.0 mm, height: 6.3 mm
- Frequency: 18,000 vib/h
- Power reserve: minimum 7 days
- Flash calendar 
- Hacking seconds
- Double barrel
- Double pull crown mechanism
- Moser teeth for all wheels and pinions
- 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
- Hour and minutes
- Big date
- Off center seconds hand
- Power-reserve indicator on the back
- Hand-stitched alligator strap
- Solid gold pin buckle engraved with the Moser logo

Who's who

HH. 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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