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Jason Pitsch

Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Introduced in 2014, the Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time features a unique dual time function as well as an interchangeable tourbillon module, presented in a 41.5 mm x 14.3 mm case crafted from either 18K white or red gold. There are five variations in total (red gold/gold dial, red gold/silver dial, white gold/gray dial, white gold/blue dial, white gold/white dial). The version pictured comes in white gold with a white lacquered dial, black transferred Roman numeral indexes, blued leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, and a red leaf-shaped second-time zone hand (which can be concealed by setting it to the same time as the home time hand). Uniquely, at the bottom of the dial is a one-minute tourbillon that is visible through a circular aperture, and that features an open-worked bridge, offering an impressive view of the free-sprung balance wheel, tourbillon cage,

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Alex Lee

The Surprise of the Show

Alex Lee

With all the news circulating over the past couple of years regarding the weakness of the watch industry, there were certainly many doubts going into this Baselworld 2017. In true form, the “big-box” brands like Rolex, Omega, Breitling and more still managed to woo quite the audience with their new watches of 2017, but even more impressive and surprising at the same time were this year’s independents. One in particular that caught my undivided attention was H. Moser & Cie. Ever since their revival many years ago by the Meylan family, H. Moser & Cie under the direction of outspoken maverick CEO Edouard Meylan (one of the youngest CEOs in the industry) has impressed many watch collectors of all types with their perfectly understated watches that do not reveal too much unless you look close enough. To be fair, I

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Jason Pitsch

Pre-Baselworld: Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Purity

Jason Pitsch

Schaffhausen-based watchmaker, H. Moser & Cie, will introduce incredibly minimalistic perpetual calendar timepiece at Baselworld next month. The Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Purity comes in a 42 mm x 11.9 mm white gold case and is powered by caliber HMC 800. The manually wound movement measures 34.0 mm x 6.3 mm, beats 2.5Hz (18,000 vph), has 32 jewels, and a power reserve of 7 days (double barrels). Highlighted by a beautiful midnight-blue fumé dial with sunburst pattern, and protected by a curved sapphire crystal, the face of the watch is marked with just two double indexes, at 12 and 6 o’clock, respectively. The look is very elegant, however, reading the time via the central hour and minute hands, and the perpetual calendar month, via an ultra-compact central hand, will be difficult for sure. The date is displayed in an oversized aperture

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Jason Pitsch

Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Sapphire Blue Skeleton

Jason Pitsch

At Baselworld 2015, Schauffhausen-based watchmaker, H. Moser & Cie unveiled the Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Skeleton, in a red gold case (limited to 9 pieces). Alongside that watch, a one off Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Sapphire Skeleton watch was offered and subsequently purchased by Laurent Picciotto, the owner of Chronopassion (a high-end watch boutique in Paris). Based on that design, and powered by the same tourbillon equipped, automatic winding caliber HMC 803 movement used in the two aforementioned watches, H. Moser & Cie has created the Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Sapphire Blue Skeleton. The watch features the same 41.5 mm x 14.3 mm 3-part sapphire crystal case, with integrated sapphire flange, and sapphire crown. What is new is the midnight blue indices, mainplate, and bridges, which provide more of a contrast with the clear case compared to the original model.

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H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Concepts

This week H. Moser & Cie announced three new timepieces: the Endeavor Dual Time Concept in two variations and the Endeavor Cosmic Green Concept. The former two are available in either rose gold with a brown/gold fume dial or platinum with a blue fume dial, and the latter is available in white gold with a green fume dial. The Cosmic Green comes in a slightly thinner 40.8 mm x 10.9 mm case and is a time only watch (also called the Endeavour Center Seconds Concept), while the other two feature a second time zone and are presented in 40.8 mm x 11 mm cases. The more basic time only Cosmic Green watch retails for $26,500; and the Dual Time Concept watches retail for $32,000 and $42,000, in gold and platinum, respectively.

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Jason Pitsch

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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Jason Pitsch

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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Jason Pitsch

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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Josh Shanks

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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Jason Pitsch

Introducing the Venturer Tourbillon Skeleton

Jason Pitsch

Today, Schauffhausen-based watchmaker, H. Moser & Cie, introduced a skeletonized tourbillon. The Venturer Tourbillon Skeleton comes is 41.5 mm in diameter by 14.3 mm in thick case and 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 prominently 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

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