H. MOSER & CIE : Not for the uninitiated

Endeavour Tourbillon Concept

CASE : 18K gold, three-part, see-through sapphire caseback, “1 of 20” engraving


MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding (Caliber HMC 804, 72h power reserve) ; 18K red gold oscillating weight with engraved logo, original double hairspring, flying tourbillon

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes

DIAL : marking-free Funky Blue with a sunburst pattern

STRAP : hand-stitched and buffed kudu leather, white gold folding clasp


Provocation ? Barely disguised. Understatement ? Deliberate. Haute Horlogerie ? Proudly proclaimed. The path of the “other” brand from Schaffhausen has been resolutely upward-bound over the past few years. One might well advise collectors of vintage watches in the 2040s to acquire as of now the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept, in which H. Moser & Cie distils the essence of the tourbillon and makes tradition deliciously attractive. Could it be that the very lack of distinguishing features (no logo nor hour-markers) renders this de facto singular watch immediately identifiable ? The intensity of the immaculate blue vies with the omnipresent strength of the flying tourbillon and its skilfully openworked bridges. Those in the know will easily guess that the show continues on the back of the white gold case, where the also skeleton-worked red gold oscillating weight provides an admirable view of the in-house caliber. They are also aware that H. Moser develops its own hairsprings and that this movement is equipped with a double hairspring that further enhances isochronism. But are they connoisseurs enough to realize that its maintenance is facilitated by the structure of the movement, from which the tourbillon can be independently removed via a “plug and play system” if a replacement is needed ? The uninitiated will however will be pleased to know that the Endeavour sans tourbillon also exercises an above-average appeal.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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