Friday, August 12, 2016

Perpetual Meets Practical at H. Moser & Cie.

Pioneer Perpetual Calendar

In theory, sand, water and high-tech mechanics do not mix well. However, H. Moser & Cie. has developed a perpetual calendar in its Pioneer collection that is the first complication of its kind to be water-resistant to 120 meters. Why? To be on time for the ice-cream man? For those who think it's important to sport a stylish timepiece even on the beach? To seduce mermaids? Well, yes and no. Some may say “pointless.” H. Moser & Cie. would argue “incredibly practical.”

See it now at Cellini.

In 2015, H. Moser & Cie. launched the Pioneer collection. Bold and modern, the mark of a pioneering and adventurous spirit, with a strong design which makes reference to the industrial world, models in this collection are both elegant and comfortable – perfect for everyday wear. The Pioneer Perpetual Calendar follows the same philosophy: a perpetual calendar that is easy to use and comfortable to wear. 

Edouard Meylan, CEO of H. Moser & Cie., sums up: “Without a doubt, the perpetual calendar is the most useful complication of all. But, because the mechanism can be fragile, it is often kept safely hidden away in a box. With the Pioneer Perpetual Calendar, we wanted to create a piece that is perfect for everyday wear, on land or in water, with its complex mechanism protected in a lightweight, robust and watertight case.”

The case of the Pioneer Perpetual Calendar is akin to a suit of armor, measuring 42.8mm in diameter, and made of several sections. This modular case is made from red gold, featuring black DLC-finished titanium components continuing the modern interpretation in the exceptional non-geometric shapes adorning the sides of H. Moser & Cie models.

The hand-wound movement includes a seven-day power reserve.

The Pioneer Perpetual Calendar features an ardoise fumé dial. To emphasize the practical aspect of this model, its leaf-shaped hands are filled with Superluminova and complemented by luminescent markers indicating the hours on the flange. As for the strap, H. Moser & Cie. has chosen black alligator leather. The boldest customers, however, will choose the rubber strap.

At the heart of the Pioneer Perpetual Calendar beats the legendary H. Moser & Cie. perpetual calendar caliber, a marvel of ingenuity and complexity enhancing a complication that is executed with absolute simplicity. It features 12 indices indicating both the hours and the months, a date window at 3 o’clock, an off-center small seconds at 6 o’clock and a power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock: powered by the HMC 800 hand-wound movement, this watch guarantees a generous minimum seven-day power reserve.

With its Pioneer Perpetual Calendar, H. Moser & Cie. is reinterpreting the perpetual calendar, bringing it into the 21st century and ranking it amongst those models that marry style and practicality. Guaranteed to delight water sports fans and fish alike!

 Pioneer Perpetual Calendar
Technical Specifications

Multiple sections, in solid red gold and black DLC-finished titanium
Diameter: 42.8 mm, height: 15.0 mm
Curved sapphire crystal and see-through caseback
Black DLC-finished titanium screw-in crown adorned with an “M”
Water resistant to 120 meters 
Ardoise fumé with sunburst pattern
Red gold applique indices, with hour markers in Superluminova
Flange with fluted structure 

Leaf-shaped, partially skeletonized, red-gold finish
Superluminova luminescent elements on hands 

HMC 800 hand-wound caliber
Frequency: 18,000 VpH
32 jewels
Power reserve: minimum seven days
Stop seconds
Double barrel
Interchangeable Moser escapement
Original Straumann Hairspring with stabilized Breguet overcoil
Pallet fork and escapement wheel made from gold
Movement and components hand-finished and decorated 

Perpetual flash calendar
Big date display
Month indicator via central hand
Hours and minutes
Power reserve indicator on dial
Leap year cycle indicator on movement side 

Strap in black alligator leather or black rubber
Pin buckle in black DLC-finished titanium 


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