The Venturer models introduced in 2015 have a neo-vintage design to them. Taking elements out of the historic pocket watches made by H. Moser. For this new Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time these elements show just how strong these are, making it a modern watch with a historical touch.
H. Moser, who was born in Schaffhausen in the early 1800’s, established his first company in St Petersburg, Russia. He soon came back to Swiss to open his first watchmaking factory in LeLocle. This was to maintain the high quality he demanded for his customers in Europe and Russia. Within a few years he went back to his town of birth to open a factory for the production of watchcases and also to establish a joint venture with some other local company’s in Schaffhausen. While flourishing in Schaffhausen, his business in Russia was the company was forced to close due to the russian revolution.
H.Moser & Cie continued to make pocket watches up to 1953 and then put their main focus to wristwatches.
The case is made out of 18 carat white gold. Is consist out of three parts, lunette, body and case back. It has a high gloss finish all over. Except for the part of the casebody where the crown is placed at 3 o’clock and the opposite side at 9 0’clock this is brushed. This is a small detail what comes back to the entire Venturer model range.
The lunette is small and subtle an gives home to a perfectly curved sapphire. Giving it a perfect view to the dial underneath.
The case back is also very small in means of material usage. On this side also provided with a sapphir showing the movement. The case back is attached with four screws placed at the base of the lugs.
The lugs are well dimensioned not drawing to much attention from the dial to the strap. They are integrated nice into the case body and seem to disappear underneath the lunette. They seem really small, but are really solid.
This is were the magic happens. The dial consists of two parts.
The top part is a very nice white lacquered dial. It covers well over two third of the watch. The indices are one of those hints to the past, they are Roman styled numerals. Also the elegantly shaped brand name looks at its place underneath the 12 o’clock mark. The edges of the plate is chamfered and polished. It seems almost to be floating inside the watch case. Giving it this little space between the dial and the lunette creates so much depth. Just beneath the hands an opening appears showing you the heart of the watch, the tourbillon.
The second dial is placed underneath the first white lacquered one. This is like a base dial used for the famous Sunburst dials. The Silver is engraved from the heart of the dial with a arrangement of sunbeams running throughout the edge of the dial. Normally this would than be lacquered giving it the sunburst effect you can see on the Venturer models.
H. Moser & Cie use there In-house automatic caliber HMC 802. H. Moser & Cie have what they like to call a plug and play principle for the heart of each watch. Meaning their escapement or in this case their tourbillon is designed in a way it can easily be lifted out of the watch and be replaced by an other. Making it very easy for aftersales service.
The HMC 802 is a selfwinding (automatic) movement. It has a dual time function and is fitted with a Strauman Double Hairspring, for improved accuracy an isochronism. It also has a minimum power reserve of at least three days.
The rotor shown through the sapphire back case is made out of 18 carat gold rotor and is richly engraved with the H. Moser & Cie. company hallmark. It’s a bi-directional pawl winding system.
The dials show the hour and minutes with blued steel hands. The second time zone is denoted by a red hand. If there is no need fir this second time zone to be present, the hand can be hidden behind the minute hand and will ride along with it.
This H. Moser & Cie. Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time is one of our favourites shown at BaselWorld 2016. Its a very well thought watch. It’s simple at first sight and when looked at closely very complex. The design isnt one thats right in your face, but brings it to you very subtle. The finishing is one of a very high standard, but that’s something we see in all the watches of H. Moser & Cie.
The designers know how to make a connections with the history of the brand and bringing this to live for a whole new generation of watch enthusiasts.
|Movement||In-house automatic calibre HMC 802|
|Automatic bi-directional pawl winding system|
|Solid 18-carat white gold rotor engraved with the H. Moser & Cie. company hallmark|
|Power reserve||minimum 3 days|
|Moser teeth for all wheels and pinions|
|Original Straumann Double Hairspring®|
|Interchangeable Moser minute tourbillon at 6 o’clock with skeletonised bridges|
|Movement dimensions||Diameter:34 millimetres; height: 6.5 millimetres|
|Case||18-carat white gold, three-part|
|Curved sapphire crystal and see-through sapphire crystal case back|
|Crown||Screw-in crown adorned with an “M”|
|Case dimensions||Diameter: 41.5 millimetres; height: 14.3 millimetres|
|Dial||Lacquered white, chamfered and polished edges
Silver sunburst, not treated
|Hands||Leaf-shaped hands in blued steel|
|Indices||Roman numeral indices|
|Functions||Hours and minutes
Second time zone can be hidden when not in use
|Strap||Hand-stitched black alligator|
|Buckle||Solid 18-carat white-gold folding clasp engraved with the Moser logo|