H.Moser & Cie Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time (with white dial and Roman numerals...) - Regarding H.Moser & Cie - part 1
The H.Moser & Cie Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time White Dial Roman Numerals is the first topic of three articles that will be entirely dedicated to the Moser brand. Three different articles that are connected to the same amount of models as per the most classic formula and that also give me the chance to share with you my opinion and thoughts about the small manufacturing company from Schaffhausen. My articles will be coupled with some exceptional pictures that were taken during the two most important exhibitions of the year. What I like the most about H.Moser & Cie is the degree of originality that this tiny manufacturing company is able to place in every single element of what traditional Swiss watch-making has left as its legacy and how it has managed to become the flag bearer for those important values, mainly through its efficient communication channels as well as its exceptional timepieces. As I listen to the Meylans talking about H.Moser & Cie, I can immediately visualize the very same enthusiasm that tycoons like Maurizio Marinella would display when talking about their tailored products that still stand out among the many giants crafting luxury items.
A H.Moser & Cie timepiece doesn't feature mechanic complications that other brands can’t either boast or even design. The brand hasn’t yet developed some complications like, for instance, a minute repeater and maybe it will never do it (it was developed in the past) to but despite that the manufacturer’s interpretation of a complication is always different from other brands’ and it is always easy to recognize.
Take a close look at the H.Moser & Cie Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time White Dial Roman Numerals that appears on this page, do you think that is a tourbillon that is superior to other timepieces? Maybe it is or maybe it is not, what is certain though is that it is an excellent tourbillon that was crafted by experienced watch makers in the Moser workshops according to the most classic traditional values, what is even more important, however, is that this is a H.Moser & Cie tourbillon.
A taboo that the brand had managed to free itself from is what used to directly link mechanic and aesthetic complications as per a formula that many haute-horlogerie brands strictly abide by without using any critical objectivity. H.Moser & Cie, unlike its competitors, knows perfectly well that one of its super complicated timepieces might be mistaken for a three-hands-watch and it challenges the industry’s conventions or it humors the creators of the second digital revolution as it did when it released its Swiss Alp.
Through its “Very Rare” motto it seems as H.Moser & Cie is aiming at creating two different trains of thought; one train includes those people who purchase a Moser timepiece – slightly more than 1,000 individuals per year according to official figures – and the other train includes those people who purchase everything else. Many of these features can be seen on the dial of the H.Moser & Cie Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time White Dial Roman Numerals, when observed from a 30cm distance, the upper part appears like a flat surface, but when you enlarge the picture, you can actually see that it is a laquered shell that has been curved by a variable degree of thickness, it is hand-decorated and it sports polished edges and blue leaf-shaped hands that are as curved as the dial itself.
This shell lies on a lower surface decorated with a circular waves pattern and it is separated from the upper level by quite an important space that makes the different finishing stand out and it also creates quite a big contrast between the two surfaces by projecting out the shape of the tourbillon’s cage and by giving the whole endeavour a feeling of depth. The tourbillon’s bridge is skeletonized and it follows the same curving as the lower edge of the dial while, at the same time, manages to correct one of the typical mistakes that many designers who create tourbillon watches would incur, namely that strange feeling that makes you perceive the presence of some sort of an "external body" in the middle of the dial.
The HMC 802 caliber features a double Straumann balance spring that basically represents the step above the top level of precision that doesn’t include non-conventional materials like silicon, the movement with a double time zone sports a balance wheel oscillating at a frequency of 3Hz and a bidirectional winding rotor. The case is made of white gold and it measures 41.5mm, it is extremely flared on the case-middle and it gives an even more important tone of authoritativeness to the caliber whose gold rotor’s shape is similar to that of peripheral rotors and fills the entire width of the case.
The Dual Time function is on demand, that means that if you are not interested in viewing the second time zone you can use the crown and “mask” the red hand behind the hours hand. This is one of the ways the H.Moser & Cie's watchmakers are showing to us what their in-house built calibers are able to do, among their special characteristics is that every independent setting of the red hand doesn't affect the natural movement of the central ones. This timepiece is elegant and sober, full of details, its style seems to me the perfect fusion between Saxonian watch-making and Latin traits, a combo that, along with its technical features, make the H.Moser & Cie Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time my Grail Tourbillon.
(Photo credit: Horbiter's proprietary photo-shooting by Entropik)
Gaetano C @Horbiter