H. Moser & Cie. Heritage Centre Seconds Funky Blue
The Heritage Centre Seconds finally enters the brand’s regular collection
About a year ago, H. Moser & Cie surprised us by introducing a retro-styled, pilot-inspired steel watch as an exclusive limited edition for Swiss retailer Bucherer, followed by a tourbillon model. Given the potential of this lovely entry-price steel watch, we thought that Moser would follow-up with a regular collection Heritage centre seconds… And it is now available with an electric blue dial bringing an additional touch of modernity and that unmistakable Moser twist. Meet the H. Moser & Cie. Heritage Centre Seconds Funky Blue.
The Heritage Centre Seconds relies on attributes of 1920s military watches. It features a round case with thin wired lugs, characteristic of pocket watches converted to wristwatches, an onion-shaped crown, applied Arabic numerals framed by a railroad minute track and paired with large luminescent sword hands. The new model shares the same specifications as the grey dial Bucherer limited edition but it comes with a “funky blue” fumé dial, a signature colour for the brand. This not only adds the cool Moser touch to this Heritage watch but also perfectly integrates it into the regular collection… Plus, it looks great.
The pocket watch-inspired case still measures a respectable 42mm in diameter. It is made of polished stainless steel and is decorated on the casebands with a striped pattern. Compared to the Bucherer version, another major difference is visible on the dial; now the raised Arabic numerals are made of solid luminous material using a technology named Globolight. A cool detail that makes the watch more dynamic.
Powering the H. Moser & Cie. Heritage Centre Seconds is the brand’s classic automatic calibre, the HMC-200. This 32mm movement, with a central rotor, beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour and boasts a 3-day (or 72-hour) power reserve. It displays the hours, minutes and seconds. The calibre HMC-200 is entirely manufactured in-house included its hairspring (made with Moser’s sister company Precision Engineering AG). Visible via the exhibition caseback and under the open-worked rotor, it is finished with Moser double stripes – and it no longer features the customized Bucherer blue details.
The H. Moser & Cie. Heritage Centre Seconds Funky Blue is worn on a hand-stitched, beige-coloured kudu leather strap with contrasting white stitching. The steel pin-buckle is engraved with the Moser logo. Price is set at CHF 13,900 (taxes included). For more details, please visit www.h-moser.com.
If I was to buy a Moser, it would be this one.
This is definitely the most spirited watch of this type, pilot on vintage inspired case with wire lugs reminiscent of converted pocket watches. And I can attest to this, as I was very fortunate to view and acquire this watch at Palladio Jewellers here in Vancouver. A classic style with H. Moser uniqueness. A watch that neither makes me envious of, nor craving any other timepiece. Among other attributes, the 3D effect of the vibrant white numerals contrasting with the “Funky Blue” dial is mesmerizing.
This piece makes you realise where Zenith went wrong. Although I have to say that the handset looks a tad unbalanced.
Just another guy, where did Zenith go wrong? I like the Pilots. Sure, the Moser is more sophisticated, but that’s the difference between these two brands.
I don’t think Zenith went wrong at all. They just do it differently, and definitely in a more casual tone. I agree with Maciej, the H. Moser is more sophisticated. And it has the definite H. Moser touches that do set it apart.