Watch collaborations are not new, on the contrary. For a creative laboratory like MB&F, working with ‘friends’ is second nature. And when H. Moser & Cie. and MB&F team up for a collaboration piece (actually, two pieces, more in another article), the result is truly special. Edouard Meylan (H. Moser & Cie.) and Maximilian Büsser (MB&F) are presenting co-signed creations, giving birth to some surprising and interesting types of horological cross-hybridization, pooling their skills… Let’s take a closer look at one of these two watches, the new H. Moser & Cie. x MB&F Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon.
The independent brands H. Moser & Cie. and MB&F have been working together for more than ten years with Precision Engineering AG – a sister company of Moser supplying MB&F’s balance springs. Their CEOs appreciate and respect each other on both a personal and professional level. When Max Büsser called Edouard Meylan for a collaboration, mentioning fumé dials and the Concept watch series, Meylan immediately accepted on the condition that he could reinterpret one of MB&F’s horological machines… Based on this two-way hybridization process, H. Moser & Cie. started to work on the Flying Tourbillon.
To create the Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon, H. Moser & Cie. borrowed MB&F’s three-dimensional movement concept. Protected by an impressive sapphire dome, a one-minute flying tourbillon rises above a fumé dial through an opening at 12 o’clock. And what a mesmerizing tourbillon… Pure ‘watch-geekgasm’. Drawing on the expertise of its sister company Precision Engineering AG, Moser has equipped its tourbillon with a cylindrical hairspring, the same as used on the MB&F LM Thunderdome.
A spectacular technical solution, such hairsprings allow the spring to breathe evenly and improve isochronism. But these are more complex to manufacture and require more space… Another nod to MB&F, the dial that displays the time is tilted 40 degrees, paired with a conical gear train in pure MB&F fashion. The dial is fashioned out of transparent sapphire to provide an unimpeded view of the signature Moser dial.
The eye-catching animated mechanical architecture is driven by the self-winding HMC-810. Based on the HMC 802 (that itself uses parts from the caliber HMC 200), this 32mm calibre runs at 21,600 vibrations per hour and has an autonomy of 72 hours when fully wound. The automatic winding is bi-directional. It is beautifully finished, with bevelled bridges, screwed gold chatons and Moser stripes, and the gold skeletonized rotor is engraved with the H. Moser & Cie hallmark.
The case of the Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon is made of stainless steel. It is 42mm in diameter and comes with the traditional Endeavour features, such as the distinctive lugs with their fluid concave profile. The fluted and Moser-signed crown is positioned at 9 o’clock. The massive sapphire dome is typical of MB&F’s production but perfectly fits within Moser’s DNA too.
The H. Moser & Cie. x MB&F Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon is available in five different gradient dial versions: Funky Blue, Cosmic Green, Burgundy, Off-White or Ice Blue dials. Each version is a limited edition of 15 pieces. This number is a nod to the 15th anniversary of MB&F and to the 15th anniversary of the relaunch of H. Moser & Cie. Price is set at CHF CHF 79,000.
For more information, please visit www.h-moser.com.