The H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar is one of our well known watches, here at Monochrome. We had this timepiece under our scope for quite a long time now and we’re still enjoying its nice curves and its intelligent movement with one of the simplest perpetual calendar ever. We reviewed it recently and felt the smartness of this H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar, that is now coming in a nice combination of a sky blue dial and a sporty light brown leather strap.
The H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar is an interesting watch not only because it looks really good (check the superb photos we did during our review to make your own opinion) but mainly because of the mechanics it brings in its innards. A perpetual calendar / calendrier perpétuel / QP is usually something complicated to display, to read and to set – and of course to assemble. What H. Moser & Cie achieve is one of the smartest QP ever, with first, a very simple display and then a fully protected movement that can be adjusted simply by the crown, both forward and backward – take a look at the ‘movement’ section in our review of this watch.
The dial of the H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar is extremely pure for a QP, as it doesn’t feature the usual 3 or 4 sub-dials to indicate the day, the date, the month and the leap year. Instead, it features only a date window and a tiny arrow-hand to point the month. It brings in a single glance the essential datas. It’s an efficient and smart watch. The use of the QP is also very simple and intuitive, as the only interface to actuate is the crown, that allows to set the date – and thus the month and the leap year. No pushers or recessed buttons are set into the case-bands.
For Baselworld 2015, the H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar comes in a new edition called ‘Funky Blue’, due to its sky blue dial with sunburst pattern and fumé effect (lighter in the center than on the borders). The case is here made in 18k white gold and the strap is a sporty Hand-stitched beige kudu leather strap, with a natural colour and aspect.
Under the curved sapphire caseback, we still found the very well finished calibre HMC 341, with its Moser ribs, the hand chamfered and polished bridges, the large screwed gold chatons, the Moser interchangeable escapement and the jumping leap year wheel. It is here coming in a silver finish (while the black edition we reviewed was featuring a full black coating on the bridges and plate). It also boasts a practical 7 to 10 days power-reserve that allows to forget the watch on the desk for a week and to wear it back without any adjustments required.
This new edition of Moser’s smartest watch is a cool, more casual version and will be priced around 50.000 Swiss Francs. More details on Moser’s website.
Is the H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar the real smart watch?
You certainly wonder why we’re writing, from the very beginning of this article to its end, how smart and intelligent this watch is. With the Apple Watch Keynote that is about to start today (9 March 2015), the question of smart-watches is in the center of the debate. Are those objects useful, practical, essentials or really smart?
H. Moser & Cie CEO Edouard Meylan is not empty of humour. The brand teased us last week with a press release telling us that H. Moser & Cie was about to launch a smart-watch. First, we were surprised and extremely skeptical to see such a high-end brand coming with a battery powered connected object. Hopefully, this was just a very clever marketing idea to counteract the debate around the smart-watches and to prove how smart a mechanical timepiece can be, by only bringing a very long power reserve, an intuitive display and a user-friendly adjustment mechanism. The way H. Moser & Cie defines a smart-watch is with mechanical clues, in the name of the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar.
We invite you to take a look at this short video that proves, with the right load of humour and irony, that confidential luxury Swiss watch brands can still do very smart watches.