H Moser & Cie - VENTURER BIG DATE SILVER
H Moser & Cie - VENTURER BIG DATE SILVER

VENTURER BIG DATE SILVER

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THE BIG DATE IS ONE TO WATCH

H. Moser & Cie. is adding to the Venturer family with a big date model, featuring the Flash Calendar which has brought the company's date movements such recognition. Its design is perfectly in tune with the characteristics which have ensured the success of the Venturer collection: uncluttered 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, in reference to the aesthetic of antique pocket watches. 
 
The Neuhausen-based manufacture has dedicated the very best to every element of its Venturer Big Date. It is one of the largest and easiest to read date displays available; and its movement, as with all the company's date models, is equipped with the Flash Calendar mechanism. This system has two major advantages: the instantaneous date jump at midnight, and the option to adjust the date forward or backward at any time without restriction. Another remarkable technical feature is that it is possible to make manual adjustments to the date using the crown at any time, even if the date is in the process of changing, without any risk of damaging the movement. This is achieved with the complex clutch mechanism which isolates, and thereby protects, the date adjustment system. 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: there is therefore no risk of making changes to the date when the time 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. 
 
Thanks to its uncluttered lines, the Venturer Big Date retains all the elegance of the Venturer family in this 41.5mm case. The dial, available in an argenté version or in sumptuous red-gold fumé, is revealed under the convex crystal and emphasised by the bezel, which has been stripped down to only the essentials. At 3 o'clock, a window opens onto a very big date, the secret behind which is two overlaid discs: the upper disc bears the numerals 1 to 15, whilst the second disc has the numbers 16 to 31. This ingenious system also guarantees that each numeral is perfectly centred when displayed in the date window. 
 
Developed especially for the Venturer collection, the hand-wound calibre HMC 100 correlates with the watch family's design, with a streamlined construction, understated decoration and engraving which all perfectly complement the purity of the Venturer dial. Visible through the sapphire case-back, the double barrel of this movement means the Venturer Big Date has a power reserve of at least 7 days. Isochronism and accuracy are also guaranteed by the Moser interchangeable modular escapement, produced in-house with an original Straumann Hairspring® that has a Breguet overcoil. 
 
Classic, timeless elegance meets modern design and technical ingenuity: the Venturer Big Date from H. Moser & Cie. is a watch that must be seen. 
 

Technical specifications

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
 
Reference 2100 0400, Case in red gold, silver dial, hand-stitched alligator strap.
 
Case:
- diameter 41.5 mm, height: 14.5 mm
- See-through sapphire crystal case-back
 
Movement:
- 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
 
Function
- Hour and minutes
- Big date
- Off center seconds hand
- Power-reserve indicator
 
Strap
- Hand-stitched brown 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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