We recently mentioned H.Moser et Cie’s foray into directly selling pre-owned pieces. Now, they have gone one step further, with the launch of a new site that sells a selection of new pieces and along with it, three special limited editions featuring Vantablack® dials – the Venturer Vantablack® Black Hands (in 39mm and 43mm sizes), and the Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack® Black Hands.
As featured previously on Horologium, including in the form of the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Vantablack®, the crux of this material is its blackness, which is not just about being as pure a black as you will see, but also about being seemingly without depth when seen in person.
The first two of the new trio are the Venturer Vantablack® Black Hands in either 39mm and 43mm, the latter called the XL, both with the familiar unmarked dials so as to best utilise this material, and the new addition of blackened hands.
The 39mm model is in a white gold case with a thickness of 11.9mm and is otherwise known as Reference: 2327-0222. With the dial side pristine, the reverse is opened, with a sapphire crystal case back through which you can see the manual-wind Calibre HMC 327, which beats at 18,00 VPH and has a power reserve of three days. It has a hacking seconds, is hand-finished and decorated, and the power reserve indicator is on this movement side.
Coming on a black alligator strap with an 18k white gold pin buckle with the Moser logo, the price is CHF 25,000.
Unlike the smaller version, the case of the Venturer Vantablack® Black Hands XL (Reference 2327-1213) is stainless steel. Although 4mm larger it has the same thickness of 11.9mm. Through the open case back is the same movement, the manual-wind HMC Calibre 327.
Also coming on a black alligator strap, but with a stainless steel pin buckle engraved with the Moser logo, it has a price of CHF CHF 24,000, which makes it an interesting situation for those who are quite particular about their watch sizes.
Finally, we have the Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack® Black Hands (Reference 1804-1206) which is again a different size – 42mm (thickness of 11.6mm). It is in yet another case material – DLC-coated stainless steel, for the full ‘black’ effect, and is in a limited edition of 50 pieces. The one-minute tourbillon at 6 o’clock has a cage, cage wheel, balance bridge, and escapement bridge, made from aluminium. The skeletonised bridges that are coated in black PVD.
Inside is the same automatic Calibre HMC 804 that is in the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Vantablack® which I mentioned at the beginning. It has an 18k red gold oscillating weight, beats at 21,600VPH, and has a power reserve of three days.
Like the other two, it comes on a black alligator strap, but this time the stainless steel folding buckle has black DLC coating. The price is CHF 66,000.
It is impossible to know when things, let alone watch retail, will go back to some semblance of ‘normality’, but perhaps there will be, as they say, a ‘new normal’ at the end of this. In the meantime, as I noted a couple of posts ago, with physical retailers closed and not all retailers selling online, watch brands, and especially smaller ones, need to try to find a way of still being able to connect with new customers in order to survive, and that is what H.Moser & Cie is doing.
To buy one of these new models, or to see their pre-owned offerings, hit this link.
[Photo credit : H.Moser & Cie]