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H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Centre Seconds
The H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Centre Seconds is the latest neoteric creation from Neuhausen am Rheinfall. The Matrix Green fumé dial displays hours, minutes and includes a central seconds hand. The 40mm cushion-shaped case brims with modernity and features an integrated bracelet. Lastly, the model is fitted with the HMC 200 self-winding calibre.
In 2005, H. Moser & Cie was re-established by Heinrich Moser’s grandson, Roger Nicholas Balsiger, along with Dr. Jurgen Lange and Thomas Straumann. From the outset, the company crafted elegant watches. Furthermore, beyond the becoming appearance of each model, H. Moser & Cie imbued each model with a high quotient of technical know-how and incorporated several ingenious features. A perfect example of this was the escapement module which was interchangeable, proving ideal when a service or repair was necessary. The company’s perpetual calendar displayed various indications in an uncluttered and user-friendly format.
While H. Moser & Cie was making handsome watches during this period, they tended to be a tad sober and a little bit old-fashioned. However, everything changed in 2012, when the firm was acquired by MELB Holdings. Edouard Meylan, the company’s CEO, began to infuse some of the brand’s existing models with a touch of modernity. Firstly, the company offered dials in vibrant colours, in some cases it reduced the number of indexes, while in some instances it removed all indexes and signs of branding. Furthermore, cases were no longer offered in just noble metals but were available in steel and DLC steel options.
Over the years, the watch brand has repeatedly released new designs, often embracing styling likely to appeal to a younger audience. When the Pioneer, Heritage Centre Seconds and the Swiss Alp Watch were launched they looked different from their forebears. This year, the Swiss marque has unveiled two new models, made in collaboration with MB&F, again embracing a vibrant palette of hues as well as unusual dial topography.
However, perhaps the most radical release in the company’s history took place in January 2020 with the unveiling of the H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic. This watch, created in collaboration with movement specialist, Agenhor was the brand’s first foray into the chronograph market. One look at its movement, the Calibre HMC 902, revealed the watch to be a technical tour de force. Moreover, the habillage (the dial, case and all parts other than the movement) was overtly modern and proved a radical departure from the models of 2005.
The H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic is housed in a 42.3mm stainless steel cushion-shaped case with an integrated bracelet. The model featured a fumé dial in anthracite and delivered incredible luminosity in dim light.
At the Geneva Watch Days 2020, H. Moser & Cie has unveiled a new model, the Streamliner Centre Seconds. While the case resembles that of the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic, the newer model is smaller, measuring 40mm in diameter.
The H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Centre Seconds displays merely the essentials of time, proving effortless to read. The dial is presented in ‘Matrix Green fumé with a sunburst pattern’, it includes applied indexes and possesses incredibly luminous hour and minute hands, courtesy of Globolight inserts.
The brand’s press release (August 2020):
A staple classic, the 3-hand watch requires expertise of the very highest level, as it is the details that elevate a piece. Balanced, precise proportions are the key to harmony, and the Streamliner Centre Seconds perfectly illustrates this philosophy. Featuring a 40.0-mm steel cushion case, which is water-resistant to 12 ATM, it offers extraordinary ergonomics thanks to the design which includes a fully integrated steel bracelet with no lugs on the case. The case middle has hollowed and satin-finished forms on the sides, and alternating brushed and polished surfaces, in a nod to the traditional unusual shapes typical of Moser cases. It is topped by a subtly domed sapphire crystal, echoed by the see-through case back. Extending these curves, the integrated steel bracelet is elegantly arced to follow the line of the wrist. Highly complex in construction, this bracelet has extremely fluid lines, based on organic forms. All the links are articulated and feature a gentle wave combining a vertical brushed finish with polished surfaces. A true technical feat, this bracelet is a masterpiece of subtlety and sophistication, with flexibility to match.
Every part of the Streamliner Centre Seconds is in harmony; to further elevate the steel of the case and bracelet, H. Moser & Cie. has created a brand-new fumé dial: almost electric, the vibrant Matrix Green colourway offers a complex palette of shades from olive green to red gold. This brand-new colour dial adds the finishing touch to the timeless elegance of this model. Displaying the hours and minutes, the 3D hands are formed of two sections and feature inserts made from Globolight®, an innovative ceramic-based material which contains Super-LumiNova®. The minute hand is curved.
Beating at the heart of the Streamliner Centre Seconds model is a 100% Swiss mechanical movement: the HMC 200 self-winding calibre. Entirely designed, developed and produced in-house, this movement is equipped with a regulating organ manufactured by H. Moser & Cie.’s sister company, Precision Engineering AG. Decorated with the famous Moser double stripes, the HMC 200 calibre houses a solid gold oscillating weight and offers a minimum power reserve of 3 days.
The unmistakeable H. Moser & Cie. style of irreverent Haute Horlogerie.