Neuhausen am Rheinfall, May 21st, 2019
As soon as visitors set foot in Charlottenfels Castle, built by Heinrich Moser in 1854 for his wife, Charlotte Mayu, they are overwhelmed by a sense of wonder at the elegance and sobriety of the highceilinged rooms and the unobstructed view of the Rhine and the town of Schaffhausen. Here, 150 years ago, Heinrich Moser delighted in creating and designing. Today, the Moser family museum can be found on the first floor of this magnificent abode, which exhibits items belonging to Heinrich Moser and recounts his life through his creations and works.
Naturally, many of the objects on display are watches, which tell the history of the brand from 1828 to today. It is from these pieces, and particularly those from the 20th century, that H. Moser & Cie. drew inspiration to recreate its Heritage line.
Since "Heritage" is far from a synonym for "old and dusty" for H. Moser & Cie., the new Heritage Tourbillon Funky Blue has become the modern symbol of the Schaffhausen-based brand's immense heritage.
The Heritage Tourbillon Funky Blue model features round shapes with classic accents that recall Moser watches from the early 20th century. Its steel case features tapered lugs and a notched crown. But behind this piece's apparent classicism hides thoroughly irreverent aesthetics, revealed through the Heritage Tourbillon Funky Blue's electric blue dial – the most popular Moser dial – which adds a dynamic touch to the entire design. The traditional-style railway minute track appears in white to give a very modern contrasting result, while the sword-shaped hands are coated with SuperLumiNova®. The distinctive appliqué numerals use Globolight®, an innovative material that can assume any shape and any colour, and contains SuperLumiNova®. To further break with the traditional codes, the strap in raw leather features white stitching to add one last finishing touch to this creation. It is a way for H. Moser & Cie. to say: "This tourbillon is anything but boring. This Haute Horlogerie model draws on the so-called sports watches of the 1900s. It is a traditional model in a steel case, but it blurs boundaries and is impossible to sum up in a single word. This creation breaks with the status quo, but is still timeless."
Visible behind the skeletonised bridge of the one-minute tourbillon beats the HMC 804 automatic calibre, designed, developed and produced entirely by H. Moser & Cie. Powering this movement with a three-day power reserve, the oscillating weight transfers the energy to the barrel via a bi-directional pawl winding system which reduces the time required to fully wind the watch. The oscillating weight is skeletonised, revealing the mechanism beneath. A marvel of ingenuity, this movement is equipped with a double flat hairspring designed and produced in-house. To simplify the after-sales service, the tourbillon is an interchangeable module, assembled and regulated separately to the movement via a simple "plug and play" system.
The unmistakeable H. Moser & Cie. style of irreverent Haute Horlogerie.