After a look at Jaquet Droz’s so-minimalist-you-could-blink-and-not-realise-what-you-were-looking-at Grande Heure GMT, today is about another pared back dual time zone watch that was launched at Baselworld 2013 – the Nomad from H.Moser & Cie.
Another elegant interpretation of a two time zone watch, this has a red ‘home time’ zone hand which can disappear under the hour hand for a cleaner look for the wearer should they choose it, and a small day/ night (AM/ PM) indicator at 12 o’clock. This indicator shows white from midnight until 12pm and black from 12pm to midnight.
The open case back reveals the in-house manufactured automatic Cal. HMC 346 with an 18 carat rotor that has the Moser company coat of arms. The movement has a minimum power reserve of 72 hours.
The 40.8mm case (height 10.97mm) comes in rose gold or platinum. The dial is lacquered silver-plated in the rose gold version or slate grey for the platinum one. The dials have a sun-patterned finish, applied indices, and hour and minute hands made of 18k gold or 950 platinum respectively.
The strap is made from hand-stitched alligator, brown for the rose gold model and black for the platinum version.
For those who do not know the brand, they make some of the most beautifully finished and elegant watches on the market. The slightly convex cases, the way the lugs sit on the wrist, and the simple beauty of their dials. Although not yet a household name, they garner a lot of respect amongst the watch community and are deeply appealing to many. In a way, the quirkiness of the naming of ‘Nomad’ almost seems at odds with the careful and considered beauty of the timepiece.
The RRP of the Moser Nomad is CHF32,500 in rose gold and CHF42,500 in platinum.