Back in 2015, H. Moser & Cie created its first sports-styled watch made from a red gold case. The Pioneer Centre Seconds watch almost hit the spot for sports watch aficionados, but not quite. It needed to be a little more self-assured – a little more aggressive – robust even. So, the Swiss watch company dedicated a further two years to developing a steel version of the Pioneer Centre Seconds. That model is now the predecessor to a new iteration from H. Moser, now released in a captivating Collective Green dial with a bi-directional rotating bezel, solid hands (as opposed to partially skeletonized), a matching steel bracelet and appliques treated with new luminous material. The timepiece is a collaborative effort between H. Moser & Cie and Collective Horology.
Day and night luminosity
The objective of the 42.8mm H. Moser Pioneer Centre Seconds model was a unique-looking watch for travel with in-house precision. Collective Horology approached Moser for the task, envisioning the timepiece to sit somewhere in between its Pioneer and Streamliner collections. The watch stands apart with a dial achieved by several complex techniques and some unusual ribbed indentations on the sides of the case that almost look inspired by the grill vents of a car. As with previous Pioneer watches, the sports-style watch from H. Moser takes on a look of its own.
Borrowing from the style of its former sibling, the new H. Moser Pioneer Centre Seconds watch keeps the same brushed and polished finishes to its 120-metre water-resistant steel case, partnered with an easy-grip crown engraved with the ‘M” motif. The dial retains its minimalist styling, protected underneath a curved anti-reflective and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass. These appliques have also been treated with a special ceramic-based luminous material that contains Super-Luminova for assisting with timekeeping in light-compromised conditions.
It is, however, the intensity of this Collective Green Fume dial (named exclusively for passionate members of the Collective Horology community) and its unusual Griffes pattern (extracted from the Streamliner) that become the unique fingerprint of this watch. Inspired by the distinct Cosmic green dial of its predecessor, pockets of light hit the display of the new H. Moser Pioneer Centre Seconds watch, creating dark and luminous green hues from a vertical stroking technique achieved by the use of a heavy brush. The effect creates a slightly different dial every time, owing to its uniqueness.
100% Swiss manufacture
Powering the hands around the dial of the Pioneer Centre Seconds watch is Moser’s in-house HMC 200 automatic calibre. Built from the ground up at the company’s manufacturing facilities, Moser and its sister company, Precision Engineering AG develop all their own balance springs and regulating organs, currently holding around 14 in-house calibres. The HMC 200 self-winding movement, which can be viewed through a sapphire-backed case, beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour and delivers a 3-day power reserve thanks to a pawl-winding system.
Of course, one noticeable update to the Pioneer Centre Seconds model is its robust stainless steel bracelet which contributes to a more assertive sporty look on the wrist. There’s also a kudu leather strap option.
The watch is priced at USD 15,900 and is available to long-standing and new members of Collective Horology here.