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Watches & Wonders 2021: H. Moser & Cie.

H. Moser & Cie. Casts A Whirlwind of Light in the Eye of the Tiger

Neuhausen am Rheinfall, April 6th, 2021

 

Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tigers Eye Luxury Watch

 

Iridescent reflections, shimmering colours, dancing light: H. Moser & Cie. brings the Tiger’s Eye stone to life in an almost psychedelic setting, revealing its full beauty and mystery in an exclusive model available in two references. The Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger’s Eye spotlights this fine natural stone in a modern yet understated and elegant interpretation. With neither logo nor indices, and an aperture at 6 o'clock to magnify the one-minute flying tourbillon, the dial of the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger’s Eye provides the stone with a blank canvas to express its aesthetic power.

Tiger’s Eye is a variety of microcrystalline quartz. This semi-precious stone is formed of amosite, the fibres of which are partially replaced with silica following a natural transformation process known as "pseudomorphosis". It is these fibres, laid down in fine layers, that cause the iridescent effects which seem to bring this stone to life. Tiger’s Eye – with its mysterious name and mesmerising colours – comes in many different varieties, ranging in colour from greyblue to golden brown to reddish brown. The blue variety of the stone, whose colour comes from veins of fibrous crocidolite and silica, is known as Falcon's Eye. When the natural stone takes on a red hue, it is called Ox’s Eye.

A fascinating solar mineral, Tiger’s Eye is believed to confer protection, and is a symbol of self-confidence and a guarantee of good health and prosperity. Countless esoteric properties have been attributed to it. Soldiers from the Roman Empire used to wear it around their necks to protect themselves in battle. In the dark times of the Middle Ages, it was thought to ward off evil. Beyond this symbolism, it is the aesthetic properties of the stone which attracted the attention of H. Moser & Cie., as CEO Edouard Meylan explains: "Tiger’s Eye is a natural reinterpretation of Moser fumé dials, which have been a key part of the brand's success. Its horizontal lines lend it balance and symmetry. It is a dynamic stone which seems to come to life as it catches the light. The richness of its details are revealed gradually; it must be admired from different angles to fully appreciate its beauty. Just like a Moser timepiece. With the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger’s Eye model, we wanted to enhance the brilliance of the Tiger’s Eye using a highly contemporary approach. The 1970s has been a great source of inspiration for us in terms of design and aesthetic trends. Tiger’s Eye was very popular at this time, and it was showcased in a number of timepieces, with a look that was quite Baroque or Rococo in style. We have opted for a contrasting
interpretation, minimalist and understated, with a Tiger’s Eye dial featuring no logo or indices, adorned with only the flying tourbillon at 6 o'clock".

There are two versions of the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger’s Eye: white gold and Falcon's Eye or red gold and Ox’s Eye. Just 50 of each will be produced due to the difficulty in sourcing stones which have the regular parallel lines and complexity required for the production of the dials. As Tiger’s Eye stones are all different, every piece they are used to create will be unique. The workshops will produce around twenty watches a year.

This model is powered by the calibre HMC 804 movement. A marvel of ingenuity, this self-winding Manufacture movement is equipped with a double flat hairspring designed and produced in-house. Thanks to this pair of matched hairsprings, the movement of the point of gravity on each spring when it expands is corrected and the effect of friction reduced, significantly improving accuracy and isochronism in continual pursuit of perfection.

Fascinating, almost hypnotic, the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger’s Eye catches the gaze, drawing it into the reflections which mirror the eyes of the big cat whose name it bears.

H. Moser & Cie.’s own and unique take on Haute Horlogerie.

 

 

The Pioneer Centre Seconds Mega Cool: When Tradition Goes Ultra On-Trend

Neuhausen am Rheinfall, April 6th, 2021

 

Pioneer Centre Seconds MEGA Cool Luxury Watch

 

When the prototype for this new Pioneer was unveiled in the H. Moser & Cie. workshops, one thing could be heard – in unison, of course, Swiss style! - and that was: "MEGA Cool"! This very Swiss German expression needs no translation in English, it simply means: the coolest of the cool! And so, the Pioneer Centre Seconds MEGA Cool was christened. The perfect ally for every situation, and any circumstance, the Pioneer Centre Seconds MEGA Cool has a flexible, fun side that allows it to be paired at will with a steel bracelet or a leather, rubber or even textile strap. Featuring a steel case water-resistant to 12 ATM, it is graced with the Blue Lagoon fumé dial, in shades of turquoise evoking the waters of paradise islands. It guarantees legibility as well as comfort, thanks to the Super-LumiNova® elements adorning its flange and hands.

Refreshing. Striking. The Pioneer MEGA Cool deserves its name and heralds fine days ahead. Its dial is the captivating colour of tropical oceans. The transparent lacquer H. Moser & Cie. logo, affixed at 12 o'clock, is the height of discretion; with subtlety and elegance, the brand tones down its presence to give full freedom of expression to the piece. Featuring anthracite grey faceted applique indices topped with Super-LumiNova® markers, the Pioneer MEGA Cool has three-dimensional hands made from two sections, overlaid with strips of Globolight®, an innovative ceramic-based material which contains Super-LumiNova®. Emphasising legibility and comfort in its contemporary understated style, it is paired with a technically advanced textile strap.

The epitome of elegant, modern watchmaking, the Schaffhausen-based Manufacture creates timepieces that are classic but never dull, elegant with a hint of sexiness, refined with more than a little irreverence. H. Moser & Cie. opens up a world of independent watchmaking for those seeking a watch that follows the rules of Haute Horlogerie; traditional without being too proper, with a timeless aesthetic worlds away from the type of watch your grandfather would wear.

At the heart of the Pioneer MEGA Cool model beats the HMC 200 movement. Designed, developed and produced in-house, this calibre is equipped with a regulating organ manufactured by H. Moser & Cie.'s sister company, Precision Engineering AG. Decorated with the famous Moser double stripes on the bridges and the main plate, and housing a large engraved oscillating weight, the calibre HMC 200 is 100% Swiss, 100% Moser, and boasts a power reserve of at least three days. Radiant, joyful, and ready to face any challenge, the Pioneer MEGA Cool is the perfect watch for grabbing life with both hands. The ultimate feel-good watch, it is the perfect partner for going out, travelling, sports, trips to the beach... in short, any activity the wearer could dream of, on land or even underwater, as it is water-resistant to 12 ATM.

H. Moser & Cie.’s own and unique take on Haute Horlogerie.

 

 

More Than Cool: H. Moser & Cie. Presents the Pioneer Tourbillon Mega Cool

Neuhausen am Rheinfall, April 6th, 2021

 

Pioneer Tourbillon MEGA Cool Luxury Watch

 

A flying tourbillon which augurs the return of summer: the Pioneer Tourbillon MEGA Cool from H. Moser & Cie. invites you to set sail immediately for the turquoise waters of paradise island lagoons. Escapism, and all the joy it brings, is guaranteed with this steel model, the height of elegance which can be worn anywhere, both on land or under water as it is water-resistant to 12 ATM. Equipped with a double hairspring, and offering a power reserve of three days, the Pioneer Tourbillon MEGA Cool model is a modern, contemporary reimagining of the tourbillon, adapted to the constraints of an active lifestyle.

Refreshingly bright, the Pioneer Tourbillon MEGA Cool is a taste of the summer to come. Equipped to rise to any challenge, it is perfect for grabbing life with both hands. Its captivating Blue Lagoon fumé dial is adorned with the brand's logo at 12 o'clock, the height of discretion in transparent lacquer. Purity and minimalism are the watchwords for H. Moser & Cie., convinced that true connoisseurs buy a product for its intrinsic value and not for its brand. Featuring anthracite grey faceted applique indices topped with Super-LumiNova® markers, the Pioneer Tourbillon MEGA Cool has three-dimensional hands made from two sections, overlaid with strips of Globolight®, an innovative ceramic-based material which contains Super-LumiNova®. Emphasising legibility and comfort in its contemporary understated style, it features a steel case, as hard-wearing as it is elegant, and a domed sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 12 ATM.

At the heart of the Pioneer Tourbillon MEGA Cool beats a true marvel of ingenuity. The self-winding HMC 804 calibre is equipped with a double hairspring designed and produced in-house. Thanks to this pair of matched hairsprings, the movement of the point of gravity on each spring when it expands is corrected, significantly improving accuracy and isochronism in continual pursuit of perfection. In addition, the paired hairsprings also reduce the effect of friction normally experienced with a single hairspring, improving isochronism. Finally, the tourbillon's unique design makes it an interchangeable module, assembled and regulated independently of the movement via a simple plug and play system which allows for easy servicing. The result is a tourbillon better adapted to the needs of users in an era in which we jump from work to the gym, then home to family. The Pioneer Tourbillon MEGA Cool is perfect for our modern times, effortlessly combining aesthetics, elegance and modernity.

H. Moser & Cie.’s own and unique take on Haute Horlogerie.

 

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