Independent watchmaker H. Moser & Cie. has cultivated such distinctive brand traits that you can spot a Moser watch from a distance. One of the most recognisable traits is the brand’s signature fumé dials, gorgeous gradient dials in contemporary colours that gradually darken towards the periphery. Another trait is embodied by Moser’s concept watches that dispense with traits, stripping down the dial to the bare essentials and abandoning any form of branding. Today, Moser switches its hallmark fumé dial for a dial made with the traditional art of enamelling but, as you would expect, with a vibrant contemporary gradient colour and texture. Meet the latest Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept Lime Green, a three-hand watch with a hypnotic green dial rippling with textures.
The simple bare necessities
The only elements on the dial are represented by elegant leaf-shaped hour and minute hands and an eye-catching purple central seconds hand. There are no logos, no indices, no numerals, nothing, just an uninterrupted expanse of vivid green scenery. To achieve this vibrant dial, a pattern is engrained on a gold base. Once the desired hammered texture is achieved, the enameller finely crushes and applies three different colour pigments to the dial.
The master enameller applies the pigments one by one so that the colours can oxidise and melt together with the heat of the furnace. Fired 12 times to achieve a translucent Grand Feu enamel dial with the signature fumé effect, the result is a bold green shade that darkens towards the dial’s perimeter with a fascinating textured background.
The stainless steel case, which measures 40mm and has a height of 11.2mm, features the attractive groove on the case band that distinguishes the Endeavour family. The exhibition caseback reveals the brand’s automatic calibre HMC-200. As a brand that prides itself on its high degree of vertical integration, this high-grade movement is entirely manufactured in-house. It is one of the rare manufacturers to produce its hairsprings internally, with sister company Precision Engineering AG. The 32mm diameter movement operates at 21,600 vibrations per hour. The oscillator is held in place by a full balance bridge; it has four regulation screws and is fitted with a Straumann hairspring with a flat overcoil. The automatic winding is bi-directional, and the power reserve is 72 hours.
The H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Centre Seconds Concept Lime Green comes on a hand-stitched grey kudu leather strap with a steel pin buckle. The retail price is CHF 25,000.
More information at www.h-moser.com.