Rose Gold H. Moser & Cie Venturer replica collection joins the brand’s now 27-reference strong “Endeavour” collection. Comprised now of three variations — all “small seconds” but with varying dial treatments — the H.In my (re)introduction of H. It also represents the “second phase” of the life of namesake Heinrich Moser; both collections are part of a general re-orientation, if you will, of this maker of “very rare” timepieces under its new owners, the Meylan family. And indeed it was unveiled at Baselworld 2014: the Venturer collection, as you see here.Moser a few months ago, I hinted at a new collection which was expected from the brand this year.
The new models are laudable on many accounts. Not only are the Venturer models aesthetically pleasing, but they are a showcase for a new manufacture caliber, the HMC 327, with a silicon lever and escape wheel, among other more traditional niceties. But with hindsight my anticipation was entirely unwarranted — discretion and sobriety are undoubtedly among the chief characteristics of H.For some reason in anticipating this new collection I was expecting a bit more of departure from the brand’s current models.Moser & Cie, and indeed, the new outstanding fake H. Moser & Cie Venturer models very much keep with current aesthetics.
The Venturer collection draws upon design elements from traditional pocket watches, but they also reference the 1920s Bauhaus era and feature the convex crystals of the 1960s. The elegant H. Moser signature fumé dial remains. The Venturer is all about refinement. The curves and proporations of the 39mm x 12.5mm case are gentle and pleasing to the eye. In keeping with these lines, the dial is also slightly convex, with slender hands and baton hour makers and of course the small seconds subdial which Moser points out is deliberately positioned as close to the bottom of the dial as possible. One should also observe the crown with the Moser “M”. It all comes together quite nicely.
The Moser Caliber HMC327
This calibre is characterized by its traditional watchmaking finishing, minimum power reserve of three days and a hacking seconds function. As already noted, the Venturer Collection includes a new in-house hand-wound manufacture movement for 2014, the Calibre HMC 327. At 32 mm in diameter (14 1/4 lignes), the Calibre HMC 327 is optimally sized to suit the 39mm case of the new Venturer Small Seconds, and it is on full display through the sapphire case back.It only gets better when you turn the precious fake H. Moser & Cie Venturer watch over.
Look closely and you can see escape wheel (and part of the lever), both made of silicon. The balance wheel is screwed, operating in rhythm with the in-house Straumann Hairspring (very rare indeed) with a hand-applied Breguet overcoil. Note also the Moser hallmark engraved on the movement and other embellishments including the unique striped finish on top of the main movement bridges along with chamfered and polished edges, and so on. Requisite details for a manufacture that presently dedicates to only 1,000 watches a year.
With the new Venturer representing the “second phase” of Heinrich Moser’s life, H.Moser & Cie under its new leadership is already hinting at that there is a “third phase” of Heinrich Moser’s life yet to be depicted with a further family of very rare watches…but not until 2016 or so. And beyond this, expect even more.Of course there is more to come — expect Moser to build out the Venturer collection in both complication and choice of case metals as time progresses.
So far I like what I am seeing.