Watches: H. Moser & Cie Palladium Collection with Blue Fumé Dials
By Thierry Ané on December 16, 2013
Located in Schaffhausen, H. Moser & Cie is a true manufacture. They produce high-quality watches with in-house movements and even sell escapements to other brands. Their watches are classic and understated and hide their sophisticated movements behind an apparent simplicity. Nevertheless, the exceptional craftsmanship that goes into their stunning hand-made finishing, reveals their exceptional intrinsic value.
Without a huge press announcement, with a discretion modelled on their timepieces, the brand is unveiling three limited editions of 20 pieces each, all crafted in palladium with beautiful blue fumé dials.
The first timepiece belongs to the Mayu collection and symbolises the refinement and the restraint of this manufacture. In an unassuming 38.8 mm case, the brand housed the mechanical HMC 321.503 calibre. With a power reserve of 80 hours, this hand-wound calibre is regulated by a Straumann double hairspring escapement. The beautiful sunburst dial with its blue fumé effect remains unobstructed with the central hours and minutes and the small seconds at 6 o’clock as only displays. The sapphire case back reveals the beautiful movement and features a power reserve indicator. The black alligator strap is secured by a pin buckle.
For those of you with a classic taste but discouraged by the small dimensions of the Mayu’s case by today’s standards, the brand also offers a version of its Monard model with the palladium case and blue fumé dial. This 40.8 mm timepiece is powered by the manual HMC 343.505 calibre. This three-hand movement offers an impressive 7-day power reserve. Once again, this watch comes with a pin buckle and a black alligator strap.
Last but definitely not least is the Perpetual 1 model. The understated appearance and extreme readability of its dial have transformed this perpetual calendar with instantaneous date change into H. Moser & Cie’s most iconic timepiece. With a 7-day power reserve, the in-house manual HMC 341.501 calibre displays the hours and minutes by central hands, the small seconds at 6 o’clock, the date by a generous aperture at 3 o’clock, the power reserve with a sectorial indicator at 9 o’clock, and lastly, the month by a central hand. The leap year indicator is visible on the back of the movement. This new palladium version showcases the same blue fumé dial as the previous two models.