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H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph, an Unprecedented Sporty Chrono with Agenhor Movement

A new model with an integrated bracelet, central chronograph indication and its own personality.

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H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic

The luxury sports watch is hotter than ever: just try and get your hands on an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak or a Patek Philippe Nautilus at a retailer and you’ll see what we mean. Numerous brands have responded to this unabating trend for luxury sports watches and 2020 kicks off with a novel steel watch with all the DNA of the genre, including an integrated bracelet and a shaped case. But once you’ve seen the watch, you’ll agree that this is definitely not a copy of the standard luxury sports watch fare we are accustomed to. This time, it’s by an indie watchmaker, which starts the year with a bang, launching a watch with a distinct personality. Meet the H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic.

H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic

STREAMLINE DESIGN

As its name suggests, this new Chronograph is inspired by streamline design. Breaking away from the countless Royal Oak-inspired integrated bracelet watches, the lineage of the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph might remind the fluid curves of some Porsche Design and IWC creations (think Ocean 2000 or ref. 3702). Anyway, the non-conformist Streamliner is surely among Moser’s most expressive designs. It feels different from previous creations yet, at the same time, it features Moser elements in many respects.

H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic

Fashioned out of stainless steel, the cushion-shaped case of the H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph features clean curves, fluid lines and an emphasis on aerodynamics. The crown is located at 4 o’clock while the elongated push-pieces are on either side of the case. Emerging at the top, the glass box sapphire crystal is gently domed. The sunray-brushed bezel slopes down and is extended by the integrated steel bracelet. As with most Moser watches, the casebands are recessed and offer a nice, architectural design.

H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic

The bracelet was actually the starting point of the design. Featuring fluid lines, it is based on parallel articulated links featuring a gentle wave combining a vertical brushed finish with polished surfaces. The finishing of the bracelet is rather impressive, with the straight brushed flat surfaces enlightened by multiple polished bevels, in between each link and on the sides. The short links allow for the desired flexibility, ensuring that this watch sits comfortably on the wrist. The 3-blade folding clasp is released via two pushers.

Despite the 42.3mm diameter and the 14.2mm height, the H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph wears much smaller than expected. The absence of lugs ensures a small lug-to-lug dimension (not measured here) allowing the bracelet to curve gently around the wrist. In terms of conception, it is clearly a well-thought-out watch.

H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic

The dial conforms to Moser’s minimalist approach. Opting for “understatement, ergonomics, and legibility” the chronograph is displayed centrally (both for the seconds and the minutes), without the need for additional sub-dials. As such, it is reminiscent of the approach found in the iconic and minimalist Moser Perpetual Calendar. 

The dial is not only fumé, in the characteristic Moser style, but it is also “griffé” (deeply vertically brushed). At its periphery, two white and red scales keep track of the elapsed minutes and seconds. The same minimalist approach can be said about the indexes and markers. The look, emphasized by the large applied 60 numeral and the lack of hour indexes, has a 1970s vibe and racing credentials.

H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic

H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic

A tachymeter scale, printed on the inner flange, underscores the dynamic character of the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph. The hour and minute hands feature Globolight® inserts for optimal legibility in all conditions.

NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE

The Moser Streamliner Flyback Chronograph isn’t just a design. It is also a highly technical watch that is powered by a sensational movement. Technically impressive and aesthetically superb the movement was developed with Agenhor. The calibre HMC 902 is the third iteration of the mind-blowing Agengraph, the central chronograph imagined by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht. Following the Fabergé and Singer Reimagined versions, the Moser iteration is the first-ever central chronograph with flyback function. 

H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic

A complete re-engineering of the chronograph, the Agengraph redefines fundamental principles that have remained unchanged for decades. The calibre HMC 902 chronograph mechanism is driven by a column wheel. Built on two levels, it incorporates a cam storing energy for an entire minute before releasing it precisely when a feeler-spindle falls to generate an instant jump of the minute hand. 

The coupling combines the best of the vertical and horizontal clutch. It is made horizontally, which requires less space. Yet the connection is made by friction wheels with no teeth, just like with vertical clutches – thus avoiding any accidental jump when the chronograph is activated. A tulip-shaped spring allows the chronograph to be triggered or released.

H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic

Winding is bi-directional and the two barrels can store up to 54 hours of power reserve. One of the specificities of this automatic movement is to have the rotor positioned dial-side, ensuring an uncluttered view through the caseback on this intricate 434-part movement. As you would expect, the finishing is top-notch. 

THE LUXURY SPORTS WATCH BY MOSER

The H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic captures what people expect from a luxury sports watch. It is robust, well-protected and water-resistant to 120m – and we’re talking “dynamic water resistance”, meaning that the chronograph can be used underwater. Also, the crown located at 4 o’clock screws down. Comfortable to wear and practical, this elegant chronograph marks a departure from the classical repertoire of the steel luxury sports watch, and as such it might be a polarizing design. It is bound to generate debate.

H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic

From a technical perspective, when we learned about the project, we were betting on an in-house movement. But the use of the flyback iteration of the Agengraph is a nice surprise. Last, as all Moser watches, the Streamliner displays a remarkable quality of workmanship. All in all, its unique personality makes it a great option for those looking for a distinctive and exclusive luxury sports watch. I can thoroughly recommend that you go hands-on with it, if only just to try it on the wrist.

The H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic is a limited edition of 100 pieces. Price is set at CHF 39,900 or EUR 38,000. For more information, please visit h-moser.com.

7 responses

  1. Wow, over 14mm in height, that is so massive, like a digital Seiko from the 70s. Case shape just like the Singer.

    I think Urban Jurgensen 5241 is my favourite in this category. And the latest Bell&Ross BR05. Not that I can afford any;-)

  2. Very nice design and super movement ! Loved the Singer/Agengraph before and H Moser is top notch ! For a more budget friendly option, can you have a look at the A-13A chronograph Flyback Dubois Depraz automatic currently on Kickstarter ? To see if it deserves a mention ? Much appreciated !

  3. It’s totally nonsense to modify the special Agenhor movement to this much less interesting, central time display form.

  4. This watch is irrelevant because there is no micro-adjustment on the bracelet. I cannot understand how these get sold. The metal has that weird sheen I associate with extremely affordable Asian watches. I don’t like that or the shape. The dial looks like something Porsche Design rejected at a very early stage. The movement looks very nice. It certainly does not look like it cost tens of thousands of pounds.

  5. As a happy and lucky owner of that watch I can only thank you MONOCHROME for your competent, inspiring and visionary coverage of the watch industry. You are the best team out there, by far. As a result of your articles I have discovered brands and products that show how to distinguish themselves in a very crowded sector. Clever differentiation has become one of the key factors of long term success. Moser but also Laurent Ferrier or Journe, to name only a few because there are only a few, make products that keep astonishing the world of watch making. No wonder they are rewarded with Grand Prix awards all the time. They do not copy the successful models of AP or Patek or Rolex. They have their own “philosophy” which dictates their product policy. Standing out, being extremely distinctive through unmatched craftsmanship and constant innovation will always win over the herd mentality. May I wish them to keep worshiping the values that are reflected in their products for ever.

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