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September 8, 2014

H. Moser & Cie. Honors Henri Moser

By Neharika Padala

Heinrich Moser was one of the greatest Swiss entrepreneurs and industrialists of the 19th century. His son, Henri, inherited his father’s entrepreneurial spirit and insatiable curiosity. Like Heinrich, Henri was fascinated by Eastern cultures. Following in his footsteps, he travelled the world and collected more than 4,500 works of art and rare objects. In 1914 he donated his collection to the Bernisches Historisches Museum. To celebrate this anniversary, H. Moser & Cie. invited retail partner Bucherer, customers and friends for an evening devoted to the Moser family, on September 4th, 2014.

Early in his career, Heinrich Moser forged ties with the East. Established in 1828 in St. Petersburg, Heinrich Moser founded the company that bears his name, and he soon became known and found success. To sell the elegantly shaped high quality H. Moser & Cie. timepieces, he established a distribution network with independent retailers throughout the Russian Empire and along the Silk Road in Central Asia, Persia and China.

In the footsteps of his father, Henri Moser, who was a tireless adventurer, experienced a similar fascination with Eastern cultures, which led him to amass an incredibly rich and varied collection of objects of Oriental origin. In 1914, he offered these pieces to the Bernisches Historisches Museum, as well as a donation that supported with the construction of the Moser Annex in 1922. With this background, it was a natural choice for H. Moser & Cie. to hold this private event in the capital of Switzerland and invite Bucherer and their customers, as well as partners and friends to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the donation.

Roger Nicholas Balsiger, great-grand-son of Heinrich Moser, President of the Heinrich and Henri Moser Foundation, shared his biographical and historical knowledge of the Moser family with guests, speaking with contagious enthusiasm. Edouard Meylan, CEO of H. Moser & Cie., provided the connection between the past and the present, showing that the heritage and entrepreneurial spirit of Heinrich Moser live on through the activities of the Manufacture and its ingenious products.

(Source: H. Moser & Cie.)

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