Following the provocatively cheeky information on the Swiss Alp Watch ahead of the 2016 SIHH opening its entryways (see 9 Brand-New SIHH 2016 Watches By Jaeger-LeCoultre, Richard Mille, Piaget, Montblanc And More ), it was hard to tell just precisely where H. Moser & Cie was heading regarding its huge introduction at the brand’s debut SIHH showing.
The Endeavor Perpetual Calendar Heritage limited edition was unquestionably not what I was expecting, and that’s really a decent thing.
Even though it’s still mid, 2016 is now ending up being a huge one for H. Moser & Cie. Savvy punches aside, the autonomous production is commending a long time since the launch of its most significant creation: the honor winning Endeavor Perpetual Calendar.
For the event, the shop brand has come up with a watch that not just denotes the event in a most showy way, yet in addition epitomizes the very qualities and specialties that H. Moser & Cie and its CEO Edouard Meylan are so resolute to conspicuously protect against: the alleged horological peculiarity that is the keen, associated watch.
While it is perhaps a long ways from the sort of moderation that the Concept edition of the Endeavor Perpetual Calendar brought to the table, the Heritage is about richness in a way we’re simply not used to seeing from H. Moser & Cie. It’s a major, intense, dynamic, and not extremely Swiss-German at all.
And, yet, it’s actually the sort of watch the company was making almost two centuries ago.
The Endeavor Perpetual Calendar Heritage Limited Edition is basically a wristwatch propagation of a late nineteenth-century H. Moser & Cie pocket watch, one that was in all likelihood made for the Russian market where Heinrich Moser had settled in the previous piece of his watchmaking vocation in the principal half of the nineteenth century.
To reproduce the lavishly fancy piece, Moser sought out Switzerland’s best artisans.
Though the wristwatch case is impressively bigger than that of the first pocket watch, the red gold housing holds similar extents and silhouette, estimating 46 mm in diameter and 13.8 mm in height.
That’s unquestionably enormous; indeed, it is by a wide margin the biggest present day Moser to date. Yet, it remains generally slim notwithstanding the entirety of its complexity. The case highlights two hinged covers, with the dial-side model opening by methods for a push-button mechanism incorporated in the crown. The back cover is a more conventional snap-on sort that can be physically opened and closed with the help of a leveled tab that juts slightly from the case.
The thin wire drags loan a changed pocket-over to wristwatch look to the troupe that don’t take away from the case’s magnificence.
Various Swiss craftsmans and specialists dealt with the case components, and there’s very a great deal of work included. The case is first processed and polished, then hand-engraved with a botanical theme and guilloche design. The case is then plated with a clear blue finish sectored application. At last, jewels are hand-set on the focal motif.
I can’t envision what number hours were spent on this single case, particularly thinking about what number various hands it had to experience. The slightest slip up en route and the case would have to be rejected and started from the very beginning from scratch.
Opening the case uncovers the white terrific feu polish dial with a slightly grained surface painted with black cushion printed Roman numerals similarly as the first pocket watch exhibited.
The show is right away comfortable for those familiar with Moser’s perpetual calendar, particularly the curiously large date window and focal little hand demonstrating the month. The hour and moment hands are fire blued in a dovetail shape.
Just as wonderful from the back
Opening the converse side of the case hosts an altogether extraordinary sort of blowout for the eyes: the HMC 341 development executed with a red gold primary plate too connects finished with a matte finish. Other highlights that set this rendition of the incorporated perpetual calendar development separated incorporate the Straumann Double Hairspring , precious stone endstones, and a prevalent degree of hand adornment and engraving.
Overall, this watch is an exceptionally charming shock from H. Moser & Cie.
Between the Swiss Alp Watch and Concept pieces – also more up to date watch model monikers like Funky Blue – one might nearly think this neo-traditional brand could be venturing outside its comfort zone for unchartered (and now and again questionable) waters.
That likely could be the situation, yet it’s fascinating nonetheless to see this accolade practice adopt an alternate strategy to vintage or historical re-creation.
Okay, it’s not liable to become a day by day wearer for its future proprietor, however it is a remarkable show-stopper uniting a plethora of specialties that, while not completely extraordinary to Switzerland or the use of watchmaking, best embody the qualities and customs of Swiss artisanship; exactly the same qualities that H. Moser & Cie accepts the watch business should adhere to as opposed to stressing over ephemeral gadgets.
The Endeavor Perpetual Calendar Heritage Limited Edition will be made in a progression of 10 interesting pieces, this being the first.
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Case: 46 x 13.8 mm, 5N red gold, engraved, plated, and jewel set
Dial: white excellent feu veneer, fire blued hands
Development: physically twisted Caliber HMC 341 with 18-karat red gold scaffolds and fundamental plate, 7 days’ base force save
Capacities: hours, minutes, little seconds; perpetual flash calendar with larger than usual date, focal month hand, and jump year pointer on development side, power save marker
Limit: exceptional piece, 9 other pieces might be made upon request with slight varieties to make them each novel too
Cost: 250,000 Swiss francs barring tax