This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.
For those in the know, it takes just a glance at an incredible sunburst fumé dial to recognize it as the work of H Moser & Cie. The independent Swiss brand—known not only for impeccable craftsmanship but also for being a bit of an enfant terrible for its antics, such as poking fun at the industry by making spoof watches—has mastered the art form. Fumé dials in its Concept pieces lack both logos and indexes, as adding them would detract from the dial’s beauty.
This year, H Moser deemed something worthy of interrupting its dial: the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept showcases a 60-second flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock, housed in a steel case. Pairing steel with a tourbillon is classic H Moser: irreverent and provocative. This new in-house movement features a module tourbillon, which allows for easier servicing, as it is regulated independently from the rest of the movement and can be removed. It has a three-day power reserve and uses a double flat hairspring for improved accuracy.
The firm also introduced a new color to the fumé dials in its Venturer collection. Blue Lagoon, a dreamy aqua, recalls the ocean in the tropics. Also in its Concept series, it has a clean dial with only the hour and minute hands. The white gold makes an especially striking contrast.
Endeavour Tourbillon Concept, limited to 20 pieces, $63,000, Venturer Concept Blue Lagoon, limited to 20 pieces each in white and red gold, $24,400. Contact Mike Margolis, email@example.com, +1 860 986 9676, h-moser.com