The H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept Funky Blue was a great unboxing experience… Some watches just make a strong first impression. Naturally, there is this deep, intriguing blue dial bereft of any markings, without logo or indices. But there is much more to this very conceptual watch than what you see initially. Let’s take a closer look.
Loud and proud logo-branding is not a necessity. A well-designed, well-executed product must consist of so much more than just a logo. Engineering, shapes, textures, colours… or even just a gradient dial is sometimes all it takes. This is what H. Moser and Cie. demonstrates with the Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept, a watch striking a seductive balance between stripped-back elegance and assertive style with the signature blue ‘fumé’ dial, which simply has no marking at all.
Fumé as a signature
Colourful ‘fumé’ dials have become a distinctive feature of H. Moser & Cie. watches. They stand out with lighter, often colourful tones in the centre, which gradually darken towards the periphery. This gradient, smoky effect gives a rich depth to the dials, creating beautiful reflections, which change depending on the ambient light.
The Fumé dials are so powerful that the logo doesn’t even need to be printed on the dial… And still, you’ll know it’s a Moser.
Gradient dials are quite common these days but H. Moser & Cie. was the brand to really instigate their comeback. The specific colour of the watch we are going hands-on with here was dubbed ‘Funky Blue’ and has become the most emblematic colour for the brand. This Concept version, with a nude dial, has an almost hypnotic effect enhanced by warm reflections and its sunray-brushed pattern. Of course, it only works if you want a stylish timepiece and are not obsessed by reading the time to the exact second.
The Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept comes in a lovely 40mm round case. At 10.7mm, the watch is reasonably slim with a sloping bezel and distinctive lugs with their fluid concave profile. On the wrist, the curved lugs ensure a snug fit. Made from 18k white gold, it has significant heft. It is finely finished, alternating brushed and polished surfaces. The fluted crown is Moser-signed. It is water-resistant up to 30m.
Turning the watch over, the exhibition caseback reveals the automatic calibre HMC-200. This high-grade movement is entirely manufactured in-house. Moser prides itself for its high degree of vertical integration. It is one of the rare manufacturers to produce its hairsprings internally, with sister company Precision Engineering AG.
This large – 32mm diameter – movement operates at 21,600 vibrations per hour. Held by a full balance bridge, the oscillator features four regulation screws and is fitted with a Straumann® hairspring with flat overcoil. The automatic winding is bi-directional and the power reserve is given for 72 hours. It is beautifully finished with the brand’s distinctive double stripes and the gold skeletonized rotor is engraved with the H. Moser & Cie. hallmark.
The H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept Funky Blue is worn on a supple hand-sewn alligator leather strap with calf leather lining. It is fitted with a white gold pin buckle. A limited-edition of 100 pieces, it retails for CHF 22,000 and can be ordered from H. Moser & Cie. newly opened online boutique here.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
The H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept Funky Blue is a handsome watch… but naturally, this is a matter of taste. In times when watches are often very similar, its great merit is to assert a singular yet stylish personality. The watch is Moser through and through and you don’t even need a logo to recognize it. The fumé dial and the minimalist design work perfectly on their own. All of this is backed up by a top-grade movement whose dimensions are perfectly adapted to the 40mm case. And as you have come to expect from H. Moser & Cie., the finishing is top-notch. Indie watchmaking just the way we like it!
For more information, visit www.h-moser.com.