WATCHES & WONDERS 2022: H. Moser et Cie Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton

Moser have introduced a new skeletonised complication combination to their offerings, with the Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton in a 42.8mm stainless steel case with a screw-down crown and water resistance of 120m. Under a domed sapphire crystal is a Funky Blue fumé domed dial at 12 o’clock which features Globolight® inserts. The watch is 15.3mm.

With a skeletonised main dial, the time is delegated to a slightly curved sub dial in classic Moser Funky Blue fumé with a sun-ray finish. Instead of lume dots at the base of each hour marker like the other Pioneer watches in the collection, markers are Globolight® (Super-LumiNova mixed with a ceramic-based material). The minute and hour hands also feature sticks of Globolight® that extend past their frame and act as glowing pointer tips.

There is a one minute flying tourbillon with a cylindrical hairspring which dominates the dial side at 6 o’clock. The cylindrical hairspring is, as expected, made by H.Moser et Cie’s sister company Precision Engineering AG. Both the tourbillon cage and the balance bridge are skeletonised, with similar diamond beveling along every edge including the internal open-worked sections.

The movement is the automatic in-house skeletonised HMC 811, beating at 21,600 VPH and with a power reserve of 74 hours. It has a gold skeletonised oscillating weight, hand-bevelled balance bridge, main plate and bridges with anthracite PVD finishing and diamond-polished bevels.

The movement plate and bridges are screwed on from the back so you only see the flat screw tips on the front. They are treated with an anthracite PVD finish and then brushed vertically on the top surface, with diamond-polished bevels throughout.

Due to the hairspring’s cylinder shape, the balance bridge and the balance staff have to increase in height in order to accommodate it. The balance bridge is skeletonised with hand-bevelled chamfers.

For the this new Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton, Moser chose to use a stainless steel Pioneer case, the more ‘casual’ mid point in their (round) case/ collection offerings. One might be forgiven for assuming that the Endeavour might have been chosen for this, but given the anthracite look, it makes sense. The case has a polished bezel, and there is a fluted indentation on the case’s sides.

It comes on a black alligator leather strap, hand-stitched, with a steel folding clasp, but you can also get a rubber, textile or kudu leather strap. The new Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton retails for CHF 79,000 (incl. tax) and will form part of the permanent collection.

Categories: H. Moser & Cie, Hands-on, Watch Profile, watches, Watches & Wonders Geneva 2022, Women's watches

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