In this episode of Meet the Manufacturer we’re going to present you with H. Moser & Cie, a producer of high-end, distinctively sophisticated, and at the same time unconventional timekeepers which are particularly unique in the watch world of today. Timekeepers have been produced under the name H. Moser ever since 1828. In 2012, the firm reigns were taken over by the Meylan family and since then, they’ve rebranded this company as a tradition based brand with a modern take on watches. Yet they’ve still managed to retain their core values.
In a time in which many watch producers love to label themselves as manufactures, there are really only a few brands that have a production depth like H. Moser & Cie. Not just plates and bridges, but the entire escapement as well as the hair spring are all created in-house within its four walls. The distinctive dial colour gradient from H. Moser & Cie. is especially renowned and has become something akin to its watches signature hallmark. The most recent collection of its impressive timepieces is characterised primarily by minimized optics and movement finish.
H. Moser & Cie. makes ample use of the fact that not only the hour of the day, but also the month of the year is underlined by a systematology of twelve with its Endeavour Perpetual Calendar. Not only is it possible to read the ongoing hour and minute over one central hand, but also the ongoing month. The brand has managed to create a perpetual calendar that resembles a simple dress watch.
At the same time, it can display the correct date all the way until the year 2100: even the leap year has found its place on the case bottom. Moser isn’t over exaggerating when they claim that this perpetual calendar is in all likelihood the most user-friendly of this watch species that’s ever been created. Both the time and date can be easily configured via the crown, both forwards and backwards, so that the side corrector positioned at 9 doesn’t even really have to be used.
The Endeavour Concept Watch Fumé has consciously done away with any redundancies: there are no hour indexes, minuterie, or even any brand tagging to be found anywhere on this watch. It’s an almost ideal return to just the necessities and places the Moser dials themselves right in the spotlight.
The typical colour gradient with a stripe finish as well as the harmony of the case, hands, and dial all cause an impressive, very effective, and endearing visual appearance. The only index on the watch can be found on the stripe finished premium movement, which is visible via the sapphire display back. A blued steel watch hand serves to display the remaining power reserve.
Certainly intended as a persiflage on both the Smartwatch and the most prominent Apple representative this watch offers up functionality that’s reduced to just the actual time and the remaining power reserve. In the Endeavour Concept Watch’s case, the power reserve can be observed via a case bottom window. Apart from that, the Swiss Alp Watch is simply a very attractive timepiece.