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H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Schaffhausen-based watchmaker, H. Moser & Cie, is a company that is infamous for producing a watch that looks very similar to an Apple Watch, as well as for their CEO boldly writing an open letter to the President of the Swiss National Bank immediately following the rate policy change in January 2015, which negatively affected virtually all Swiss watch companies. Moser, as they are often referred to as, is also well known for their minimalist perpetual calendar wristwatches, powered by in-house manufactured movements. In fact, their perpetual calendar won the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix “Complicated Watch” prize in 2006. The Endeavour Perpetual Calendar is one of the core timepiece collections at H. Moser & Cie and comes in 10 different variations. The version shown features a 40.8 mm x 11.1 mm polished rose gold case, with a silver-plated Argenté sunburst

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H. Moser & Cie Swiss Alp Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Back in January, H. Moser & Cie received announced their Swiss mechanical watch that was inspired by the Apple Watch, which not surprisingly, received a lot of press. At the time, our Contributing Editor, Josh Shanks, wrote about it from the perspective of a tech guy and watch collector. In March, at Baselworld, Moser had a working prototype (pictured), which I got to see up close. The first thing I thought was that it does have the exact dimensions of an Apple Watch. However, after looking up the dimensions, the Moser watch is actually taller and wider than both the 38 mm and 42 mm Apple Watch. Interestingly, the Moser Swiss Alp watch is 2/10ths of a millimeter thinner, for those of you counting. So, it is not exactly the same dimensions, but overall, the look and proportions are very

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SIHH 2016: Moser Perpetual Calendar with Pocket Watch-type case

Jason Pitsch

At SIHH 2016, Moser will officially debut the Perpetual Calendar Heritage Limited Edition, which was inspired by a pocket watch from the brand’s archives, dating back to the late 19th century. This timepiece is special in that it marks H. Moser & Cie’s 10th anniversary. Crafted from red gold, the case measures 46 mm x 13.6 mm, and is decorated with engraved enamel and diamonds. The pocket-watch style wristwatch has “cloisonné” enamel and guilloché covers front and back. The white dial is made using the “Grand Feu” enamel technique, with black Roman numeral hour markers, and train-track scales for minutes and small seconds. Dovetail-shaped hour and minute hands are flame-blued, as well as those for the power reserve and small seconds. The third central hand, which is black, shows the months of the year using the twelve indices, like the

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Thoughts from a tech guy on the new H. Moser & Cie. Swiss Alp watch

Josh Shanks

As a former Apple employee, when I first saw the new H. Moser & Cie. Swiss Alp Watch, I laughed a lot. It’s just not characteristically, Swiss for an established brand like H. Moser & Cie. to take a shot at Apple, whose smartwatch ruffled a lot of feathers in the watch industry but ended up being a lackluster product (See: Sales are down since launch, FitBit is outselling Apple Watch, Newton comparisons, and overall fails). Sure, your brother, co-worker, and the majority of your Instagram friends ran to the store to buy an Apple Watch the minute they came out, but were they really part of the horological target market? Apple pushed complications (aka apps), accuracy (duh, it’s digital), and accessories (which was actually smart), all things we watch nerds love. I don’t know about you, but I felt

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Introducing the Venturer Tourbillon Skeleton

Jason Pitsch

Today, H. Moser & Cie introduces the Venturer Tourbillon Skeleton. The Venturer case is 41.5 mm in diameter by 14.3 mm in thickness, the case is crafted in red gold. An argenté-finished flange frames the skeletonized movement that is fully visible from the dial side. Red gold applied indexes indicate the hours. Leaf-shaped rose gold hands indicate the hours and minutes, with a leaf-shaped blued steel central second time zone hand. Located primently at 6 o’clock is a 60-second tourbillon. A curved sapphire crystal protects the dial, along with a see-through sapphire case-back. The screw-in red gold crown is adorned with an “M.” Powering this elegant 3-hander is a skeletonized version of automatic caliber HMC 803 which runs at 21,600 vph (3Hz). A bi-directional pawl winding system wound by a solid 18K red gold skeletonized rotor winds in either direction.

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H. Moser & Cie launches their first sports watch

Luxury Swiss watchmaker, H. Moser & Cie, debuts their first sports watch – the Pioneer Centre Seconds. The new collection comes in three dial variations – all housed in a 42.8 mm diameter by 15 mm thick solid red gold and black DLC-treated case. Uniquely, the case flanks have been hollowed and have contrasting, fluted black DLC titanium inserts. The black DLC titanium case components are also visible on the inside of the lugs and screw down caseback. The bezel is red gold and is curved to match the highly domed sapphire crystal. Differentiating the three models are the dials which are Argenté, red-gold fumé or ardoise fumé. Each dial is decorated with a sunburst dial, applied indexes in red gold with luminous dots corresponding with each hour on the fluted flange. The hands are leaf-shaped, partially-skeletonised and have a

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H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar for Only Watch

For the Only Watch 2015 charity auction, to help raise money to benefit research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, H. Moser & Cie has produced a one-of-a-kind version of their Endeavour Perpetual Calendar. This special piece comes in a 40.8 mm diameter titanium case with a DLC finish. Interestingly, H. Moser & Cie asked the children of employees at the company to handwrite the design for the perpetual calendar’s date indication, in honor of the young victims of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Also, to contrast the sunburst fumé dial, the small second hand at 6 o’clock is accented in red with a black hand-stitched alligator strap lined in red leather to match.

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H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Center Seconds Concept

In March, H. Moser & Cie debuted a concept watch with no logo or indices. It was a test, to see if the identity of the brand was strong enough, with no visible branding. And according to H. Moser & Cie, the response so powerful that they have now decided to introduce 4 new variations under the same premise (limited to 10 pieces per model). The Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept collection comes in a choice of rose gold or white gold (measuring 40.8 mm by 10.9 mm), with either a rhodium-plated fumé dial or midnight blue fumé with a sunburst pattern dial. Functions include hours, minutes and seconds, although there are obviously no markers, so reading the dial will be more of an estimate. That is, of course, the point. It is more about the beauty of the dial, the

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Hands-On with H. Moser & Cie's new Ardoise fumé dial Venturer

Jason Pitsch

At Baselworld last month, Swiss manufacture H. Moser & Cie introduced a beautiful new Ardoise fumé dial variant within the Venturer Small Seconds collection. The Venturer Small Seconds Ardoise Fumé comes in a beautiful, three-part, fully mirror-polished 18K white gold case measuring 39 mm in diameter by 12.5 mm in thickness. The case is complimented by a sapphire crystal that is curved to perfectly match the curve of the bezel. Furthermore, the dial and hands are also curved, creating a look that is remarkably elegant. Maybe best of all, the execution of the new Ardoise (black/grey) fumé dial with sunburst pattern, polished white gold (applied) baton indexes and polished white gold leaf-shaped hands – is just right. Flip the watch over, and there is a see-through sapphire crystal protecting the hand wound in-house caliber HMC 327. The movement beats at

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H. Moser & Cie Venturer Small Seconds Bucherer Edition

Last week, H. Moser & Cie introduced the Venturer Small Seconds Bucherer Edition which pays tribute to Bucherer, the famous Swiss watch retailer which has been around since 1888. The watch is presented in an 18K white gold case that measures 39 mm by 12.5 mm and features an all-new midnight blue fumé dial, as well as an exclusive balance wheel and hairspring, created especially for this model. Applied indexes and hands in white gold create the perfect juxtaposition with the midnight blue sunburst pattern fumé dial, which is protected by a highly curved sapphire crystal. Inside, is hand wound caliber HMC 327, which was created with the help of sister company Precision Engineering AG which assists “with the in-house expertise necessary to design, develop, produce and assemble the highly-specialised technical components such as the balance wheels and hairsprings. This

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