H Moser & Cie - H.Moser Flying Hours
H Moser & Cie - H.Moser Flying Hours

H.Moser Flying Hours

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ENDEAVOUR FLYING HOURS: A NEW DEVELOPMENT AND A NOVEL APPROACH FOR H. MOSER & CIE.

H. Moser & Cie. knows that to innovate, you have to challenge yourself. For the first time in its history, the Schaffhausen-based Manufacture has revisited its time display methods to create a new, disc-based system.

The mechanism is inspired by the planetary systems that led to the birth of modern, independent watchmaking. Adopting a technical approach that respects the elegant, understated style of H. Moser & Cie., the result is an exceptionally refined time measuring instrument. The Endeavour Flying Hours represents a major step for the Schaffhausen-based Manufacture. This remarkable modular development is based on its automatic HMC 200 calibre, which has been modified to create the C806 movement. 

The signature H. Moser & Cie. Funky Blue dial features several planetary gears mounted on star wheels: in the centre, the main disc in sapphire displays the minutes on a 240° sector; three smaller discs bearing the hour numerals are arranged around it. Each planetary gear rotates on its own axis, revealing the hour in a display inspired by the original planetary systems. The wide display angle of 240° gives the Endeavour Flying Hours highly accurate legibility. The hour discs, which are so well integrated as to be almost invisible, blend into the main dial, ensuring the aesthetic stays true to H. Moser & Cie.'s signature minimalist style. To enhance the mechanism’s legibility, the current hour numeral appears in white, following the minute disc as it completes a revolution before disappearing to be replaced by the next hour. A hypnotic ballet that captivates the eye. 

This piece marks a significant technological milestone in the history of H. Moser & Cie. The automatic C806 calibre that powers the Endeavour Flying Hours was developed and produced jointly by HAUTLENCE and H. Moser & Cie., and is based on the HMC 200 calibre from H. Moser & Cie. With a minimum power reserve of three days, the C806 movement is equipped with a bi-directional winding system powered by an oscillating weight in solid red gold. The escapement and hairspring are produced in-house by Precision Engineering AG, a sister company of H. Moser & Cie. and HAUTLENCE. This fruitful collaboration has enabled multiple synergies to be created within the independent Swiss family group MELB Holding, which owns H. Moser & Cie., HAUTLENCE and Precision Engineering AG. 

For the strap of the Endeavour Flying Hours, H. Moser & Cie. has opted for beige kudu leather with a raw finish to add an unconventional touch to this highly refined and timelessly elegant model, which is available in a limited edition of 60 pieces. 

 

Technical specifications

REFERENCE : 1806-0200 // LIMITED EDITION OF 60 PIECES
 
White gold model, Funky Blue dial equipped with 3 discs for the hours and a central sapphire disc for the minutes, beige kudu leather strap.
 
 
CASE
- Solid 18-carat white gold
- Dimension : 42.0 mm x12.3mm
- Sapphire crystal
- See-through sapphire crystal case-back
- Screw-in crown adorned with an “M” 
 
 
DIAL
- Funky Blue with sunburst pattern
- 1 central disc in sapphire for the minutes
- 3 openworked discs in Funky Blue for the hours 
 
 
MOVEMENT
- Automatic C806 Manufacture calibre developed by HAUTLENCE and H. Moser & Cie.
- Oscillating weight made from solid 18-carat red gold
- Dimension : 32.0 mm x 6.5 mm
- Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h
- 33 jewels
- Power reserve: minimum 72H
- Automatic bi-directional winding system
Original Straumann Hairspring® with flat overcoil 
 
 
FUNCTIONS
- Planetary display of hours and minutes 
 
 
STRAP & BUCKLE
- Beige kudu leather
- 18-carat solid white gold pin buckle, 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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