During January’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, the boutique Swiss watchmaker H. Moser & Cie., an up and comer on the watchmaking scene, has just unveiled a wristwatch that is the clear image of a digital watch, marking the first time in the company’s history it has defied the traditional analog style.
Encased in a 42mm 18 karat white gold compartment, the Endeavour Flying Hours is a breathtaking watch, starting with its Funky Blue fume dial–the brand’s signature. The digital time is exhibited on a state of the art mechanism inspired by the planets. The central disc at center indicates minutes, and it’s surrounded by three miniature discs which indicate hours. These mechanisms rotate on their own axis in an elegant ballet-like sequence disclosing the hours in a white display at the top of the dial. Sticking with the traditional sleek, minimalist style, the hour discs are woven into the dial.
Moser’s automatic C806 caliber has constructed and produced, in conjunction with sister brand Hautlence, has installed a minimum power reserve of three days. All in all, the watch beats at 21,600vph and offers 72 hours of power reserve. Other features include a bi-directional winding system which is powered by a firm red gold oscillating weigh alongside with an escapement produced by Precision Engineering AG. Meylan enterprises has said that’s its namesake complication, the wandering hours, appealed to them for a significant symbolic reason.
Moser and Cie. has rapidly become something of an agent provocateur. The company was first established in 1828 by industrialist Heinrich Moser, a native son of Schaffhausen, Germany. But over the last six years, the Meylan family has revived the brand, it has put out a number of timepieces that playfully address issues of importance to the Swiss watch trade, from the popularity of smart watches to this year’s contentious and ultimately discontinued Swiss Icons Watch.
But in the end, the Endeavour Flying Hours model is exclusively available limited to 60 pieces only.