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 complemented 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 2.5Hz (or 18,800 vph), has 29 jewels, 148 total parts, hacking seconds, and a maximum power reserve of 5-days (120-hours). The bridges have hand chamfered and polished edges and are decorated with Geneva stripes that slant at a 45-degree angle.

Underneath the bridges, the main plate has a perlage finish. All the teeth for the wheels and pinions are made by Moser. A free-sprung balance wheel is supported by a traversing balance bridge, and the spring is made by Straumann (which is owned by Moser), with a Breguet overcoil. “H. Moser & Cie.” and the company logo engraved on the bridges.

The functions include hours, minutes, small seconds, and power reserve indication (on the movement side). Push-in crown adorned with an “M.” Hand-stitched black alligator strap with carbon-effect matte finish 18K solid white gold pin buckle with engraved Moser logo. (Ref. 2327-0201)

Verdict

H. Moser & Cie has taken a model from their existing line-up and made a new variant, that is in a way, totally different than the existing pieces, even if the only difference is the dial and the strap. This brand is doing great things and I cannot wait to see what they do next.

Posted by:Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good craftsmanship in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type: watchmaking.