Neuhausen am Rheinfall, April 2nd, 2020
H. Moser & Cie. has created three remarkable editions, with an aesthetic guaranteed to make an impact: these three models feature a dial made from Vantablack®, the blackest black ever produced by artificial means. Equipped – for the first time – with black hands, they reveal the time like a quietly whispered secret. With neither logo nor indices, H. Moser & Cie. proves once more that the heart of the Haute Horlogerie sector lies not simply in displaying the time, but rather in eliciting emotion.
H. Moser & Cie. showcases Vantablack® on the dial of its Venturer Vantablack® Black Hands, available in a choice of two diameters (39 mm and 43 mm for the XL version), and its Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack® Black Hands model. With neither logo nor indices, this dial is the manufacture's ode to minimalism and understatement. Ultra-contemporary, pared down, and timeless.
Vantablack® is the blackest black ever produced by artificial means. It is composed of carbon nanotubes that are 10,000 times finer than a human hair, aligned vertically alongside each other. When a photon hits Vantablack®, this material absorbs 99.965% of the light. As our eyes need reflected light to perceive what we are looking at, Vantablack® is perceived as the absence of matter, a black hole. Although it’s resistant to shocks and vibrations, Vantablack® remains a material which is extremely delicate to handle. H. Moser & Cie. had to put a structure in place and develop special processes to successfully work with this material. Once behind the sapphire crystal, Vantablack® is protected as if in a safe. There, it can express itself completely and seems to radiate the full power of its perfect blackness.
An innovative material developed for astrophysics, Vantablack® is used in telescopes, and also by the military for thermal camouflage, to increase the stealth level of certain equipment. And that is exactly the role it is playing here: H. Moser & Cie. is taking advantage of its expertise in Vantablack® to propose a new use for this material, creating exceptional timepieces. These extremely rare models offer high added value in terms of both their innovation and their emotional scope. These models represent a switch to stealth mode, only revealing the time to those wearing them on their wrist, with the blackened hands keeping their secret well-hidden. This effect is further reinforced on the Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack® Black Hands model, with its DLC-coated steel case.
Amazingly, the story of these three models started as a joke. On April Fools' Day 2019, H. Moser & Cie. posted a touched-up photo of a watch with a black dial and blackened hands on social media, with these being, of course, invisible. Faced with an avalanche of requests from interested customers and the buzz which followed, H. Moser & Cie. had to take it seriously. United around the values of cutting-edge technology, timeless design and emotion, the Venturer Vantablack® Black Hands, Venturer Vantablack® Black Hands XL and Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack® Black Hands models are perfect for our modern times. Find them online at approved retailers now.
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