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With its usual refinement, H. Moser & Cie. is reinventing the sporty aesthetic, adding its own elegant signature, in this modern twist on the sports watch. Marrying a pioneering spirit with innovation and ingenuity, H. Moser & Cie. is launching the Pioneer Centre Seconds, the first model in this new collection. Powerful, masculine and refined, this timepiece sets the bar very high for an elegant sports watch. The Manufacture enters this new territory, breathing new life into it. With the Pioneer Collection, H. Moser & Cie. is opening the door to a new creative universe, seeking to attract additional customers who are more than ready to be won over. 
H. Moser & Cie. originally announced a new family of watches for 2016. One year earlier than initially planned, the Manufacture is now presenting its Pioneer Collection. Proof, with some panache, of a solid and promising basis for growth, positioning itself in a segment which offers new possibilities and opportunities – the sports watch market. This resolutely sporty and functional model exudes an understated air of elegance, characteristic of all H. Moser's creations. Teamed with a solid rubber strap and water-resistant to 120 metres, this is certainly a watch for everyday wear, with the class and distinction expected from H. Moser & Cie. A strap in rubber makes a début appearance in the H. Moser & Cie. collection, in a perfectly logical progression with a design that echoes the case and dial on this strong, elegant watch. With a case measuring 42.8 mm in diameter, the Pioneer Centre Seconds retains balanced, harmonious proportions. Composed of multiple sections, this case represents a feat of technical innovation thanks to its modular design. Therefore, in creating a bold reinterpretation of the traditional H. Moser case, new possibilities are demonstrated.
The famously unusual, organic shapes decorating the flanks of other H. Moser & Cie. watches are more modern, more dynamic in this model. Black DLC-treated titanium inserts adorn the sides of the Pioneer Centre Seconds, giving a new dimension to the alternating satin-finished and polished surfaces, an integral part of the H. Moser DNA which runs through the Pioneer Collection. 
Faithful to the codes which make up its identity, H. Moser & Cie., in this collection, revisits the traditional shape of its indexes and hands. Thus, this is the first watch to feature leaf-shaped hands with Superluminova® to accentuate the sporty nature of the watch, with the hands partially skeletonised for a light, elegant and refined look. For the ultimate in sports design: 13 luminescent dots indicate the hours on a flange around the dial. 
To power the Pioneer Centre Seconds, H. Moser & Cie. has developed a new automatic movement. Equipped with regulating organs created by Precision Engineering, this high-flying movement features a patented new automatic system, which ensures a more direct transmission of energy, enhanced performance, improved ergonomics and reduced dimensions. Equipped with a bi-directional pawl winding system, the watch guarantees a minimum power reserve of 3 days. Finished traditionally and decorated with Moser stripes, the HMC 230 calibre has been accentuated with a black treatment, for a sporty look, and red-gold elements to match the case: the rotor includes an elegantly engraved H. Moser company hallmark which shines in red gold. 
Pioneer: the name makes reference to the third phase in Heinrich Moser's life. By the time he returned to his home town of Schaffhausen in 1848, the founder of H. Moser & Cie. was an accomplished man who had successfully made his fortune in Russia. Demonstrating the same visionary spirit, well-judged ambition and undeniable ingenuity, Heinrich Moser then set about developing the town where he grew up, transforming it into an industrial city at the cutting edge of technology. And so he was the man behind Switzerland's largest hydro-mechanical dam, which provided industries in the region with energy and which took three winters to build, under the direction of Heinrich himself.
In keeping with founder of H. Moser & Cie., Edouard Meylan and his family personally invested in the new structure that they were developing at the company. It also took them three years' hard work to launch the Pioneer Centre Seconds.
Bold and modern, the mark of a pioneering and adventurous spirit, with a strong design that makes reference to the industrial world, the Pioneer Centre Seconds is an outstanding tribute to the last phase of Heinrich Moser's life. 

Technical specifications

Reference 3230-0902, model in red gold and black DLC-treated titanium, ardoise fumé dial, rubber strap
- Case in multiple sections of solid 18-carat red gold and black DLC-treated titanium
- Diameter: 42.8 mm, Height: 15.0 mm
- Curved sapphire crystal and see-through case back
- Black DLC-treated titanium screw-in crown adorned with an “M”
- Water-resistant to 120 metres
- Argenté, red-gold fumé or ardoise fumé, decorated with a sunburst pattern
- Appliqué indexes in red gold, with hour markers in Superluminova®
- Flange with fluted structure
- Leaf-shaped, partially-skeletonised, red-gold finish
- Superluminova® luminescent elements on hands
- In-house automatic calibre HMC 230
- Diameter: 30.0 mm or 13 1/4 lignes, Height: 4.7 mm
- Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h
- Automatic bi-directional pawl winding system
- Rotor with the H. Moser & Cie. company hallmark engraved in red gold
- Power reserve: minimum 3 days
- Hacking seconds
- Original Straumann Hairspring®
- Hours and minutes
- Central seconds
- Black rubber
- Pin buckle in black DLC-treated titanium 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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