At the end of 2015 H.Moser & Cie announced a rather unexpected new ‘collaboration’ limited edition variant of their Endeavour Small Seconds with singer/ songwriter/ musician Bryan Ferry. I am probably one of those who is least likely to know which musicians are watch people, but this particular partnership was purportedly down to good old-fashioned personal relationships – Adam Clayton of U2 is apparently a Moser fan, introduced the brand to Ferry, and voilà.
The current Moser brand is young, but in its previous incarnation there were many pocket watches, from which the inspiration for this new model was drawn. For those who are familiar with watches of a certain period, the combination of a lacquered white dial, blued hands (Breguet-style in this instance for the hour and minutes ), red twelve and rose gold in a wristwatch is a well known one indeed. In fact I have several old red 12s myself.
If you look carefully, you will note the name of Bryan Ferry in red at 6 o’clock, where we are more accustomed to seeing “Swiss Made”.
The one we saw was a prototype with a back that wasn’t indicative of the final watch, but in the actual watch there is an open case back through which you can see the in-house manual-wind Calibre HMC 321 that beats at 18,000VPH with a power reserve of 3 days. The movement is fitted with 27 jewels, original Straumann Hairspring with stabilised Breguet overcoil, pallet fork and escapement wheel made from gold and a power reserve indicator. As well, ‘LIMITED 100 PCS’ will also be engraved on the movement side.
The H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Small Seconds Bryan Ferry Limited Edition comes in a 38.8mm 18K rose gold case that is a combination of polished and brushed surfaces, and on a brown calf strap with a rose gold buckle. The RRP is USD16,000.