The watchmaking mavericks at H. Moser & Cie. must be working overtime at their headquarters in Schaffhausen, because they keep dropping hit after hit in 2019.
Their most recent creation is this — the H. Moser & Cie. Heritage Centre Seconds Funky Blue.
Taking inspiration from both the horological creations of Moser’s founder, Heinrich Moser, and converted pocket watches from the early 20th century, the new Heritage Centre Seconds offers a distinctly inimitable aesthetic that seeks to seamlessly blend old-world charm with contemporary watchmaking techniques and technologies.
The highly polished 42mm stainless steel case, for example, is shaped like a watch from the 1920s, with nicely rounded dimensions, slim, tapered lugs and even a period-correct fluted onion crown.
However, the dial is signature 21st century Moser, featuring the Swiss marque’s celebrated electric sunburst “Funky Blue” colour scheme.
The resulting creation offers a charismatic dichotomy between case and dial that shouldn’t work, but does.
Similarly, the oversized appliqué numerals, sword-shaped hand set and “railway-style” chapter ring that adorn the Heritage Centre Seconds dial are all historically accurate, but they’re filled with both Super-LumiNova and, in the case of the numerals, Globolight, a pioneering ceramic-based lume that also utilises Super-LumiNova.
The traditional-looking case is capped on both sides by sapphire crystal, ensuring optimum levels of legibility and giving wearers the chance to admire the self-winding, in-house Calibre HMC 200 movement.
Featuring hand-finished elements such as an Original Straumann Hairspring with Moser stripes and an oscillating weight engraved with H. Moser & Cie’s signature hallmark, the HMC 200 movement also benefits from 27 jewels, a minimum of 72 hours of power reserve and an operating frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour.
Paired with a hand-stitched beige saddle brown leather band with stainless steel pin buckle, which is engraved with the Moser logo, the H.Moser & Cie. Heritage Centre Seconds Funky Blue really does represent the ultimate in compromises between old-world and new.
The price, rather obviously however, is very much from 2019 — $22,100 AUD.