Against the plethora of what I consider to be some very average watches, H. Moser & Cie reigned supreme in what was an overly underwhelming Baselworld 2019. Moser debuted four main releases at the show, with each piece truly emulating the quintessential tenets that make H. Moser & Cie as good a watchmaker as it is in this very competitive modern market.
First off, we have the show-stopping Endeavour Concept Tourbillon Minute Repeater. When asked to flex, H. Moser & Cie rarely backs down, and the Endeavour Concept Tourbillon Minute Repeater is sheer watchmaking brilliance. The combination of a one-minute flying-tourbillon and a minute repeater with dial-side gongs against the black lacquered dial is stuff of dreams.
In fact, I can confidently say that the Endeavour Concept Tourbillon Minute Repeater is perhaps the highlight of Baselworld 2019. It’s a lovely combination of super high-end complicated watchmaking with sublime aesthetics, and it all sits in a very comfortable 43mm wide and 14mm thick white-gold case.
I simply cannot overstate the appeal of quality, innovative and inventive watchmaking, and in the case of the Endeavour Concept Tourbillon Minute Repeater, H. Moser & Cie have very easily hit my trifecta.
The next piece is the Venturer Concept Vantablack, a piece that really resonates well with H. Moser & Cie’s minimalistic but very distinctive aesthetic. The Venturer Concept Vantablack combines the tried and tested combination of black and red-gold, with its Vantablack dial providing the perfect backdrop to the 18k red-gold 39mm wide and 11.9mm thick case.
This contrast is further extenuated by the simple leaf-shaped red-gold hands, and that minimalist’s feel is apparent through the dial with thanks to the missing hour numerals and dial markers.
It’s all a very subtle, albeit beautiful affair, and the Venturer Concept Vantablack is a wonderful addition to a very exciting collection of watches.
The third piece is the Endeavour Flying Hours, available in both a Cosmic Green and a Fumé dial option. Both pieces depict the passing of the time with dial-side discs.
The central disc displays the passing minutes, while the three open-worked discs (in either blue or in green) depict the hours. While not wholly game-changing, the use of rotating discs is a playful take at some very complicated watchmaking.
H. Moser & Cie’s Endeavour Flying Hours’ planetary hour and minute display is an ode to their attrition in being forward-thinking and of utilising obscure, almost overlooked complications from the past to create masterful and contemporary beauties.
The final piece released is the Endeavour Central Seconds Diamond Purity. As the name states, the Endeavour Central Seconds Diamond Purity obviously utilises the beauty of brilliant-cut diamonds. In fact, H. Moser & Cie have lined the bezel with 60 of these stunning diamonds, completely surrounding the 38mm wide case.
Set against a brilliant sunburst Blue Lagoon dial, the Endeavour Central Seconds Diamond Purity is both an effervescent and an inconspicuous affair.
Truly beautiful, the Endeavour Central Seconds Diamond Purity, like the Endeavour Flying Hours, is such an interesting take in H. Moser & Cie’s versatility as a modern haute horlogerie atelier. Not only can they cater for those looking for a super-complicated timepiece, but they can also flip a switch and produce watches like the Endeavour Central Seconds Diamond Purity.