H. Moser & Cie Introduces The Pioneer Perpetual Calendar – A Steel, Sporty, Entry-Level QP (Review)

H. Moser & Cie Introduces The Pioneer Perpetual Calendar – A Steel, Sporty, Entry-Level QP (Review)

In shared thinking, the perpetual calendar has to be, in specific extents, quite possibly the most exemplary looking watch. It is generally acknowledged that the QP is one of the recorded complications and thus, playing on practices and exceptionally old legacy, a perpetual calendar is exemplary. Notwithstanding, not for some brand, who have concluded that a QP can be unique. Why not? Why loathing a games watch with a complex development? This is what H. Moser & Cie may have as a top priority, by presenting the energetic, steel and (kind of) accessible Pioneer Perpetual Calendar.

As our specialized manager Xavier demonstrated in his broad article about calendar watches , the Perpetual Calendar is quite possibly the most complex kind of cosmic showcases accessible (an considerably more complex form, the common calendar, exists). Without a doubt, while numerous watches are showing signs like the date (obviously), yet in addition the day of the week or the month, a perpetual calendar (or QP, for quantième perpetuel) does the entirety of that and considerably more. Indeed, the complexity of a QP isn’t in the signs yet in the manner in which it oversees them. A perpetual calendar considers the various lengths of the months on a 4 years cycle. Its complex system has a mechanical “memory” more than 1461 days. To put it plainly, no compelling reason to change the watch toward the month’s end, in any event, for February and if jump year. The date will change naturally to the correct date, for a 100-year cycle.

While 20 or 30 years prior, the perpetual calendar was as yet a select instrument found at possibly 5 or 10 brands, it is today generally common to have one out of an assortment. Implying that to stand apart of the group, you need to propose a bonus. It very well may be in the showcase – windows rather than the typical sub-dials, with hopping signs, or disentanglement of the display – or with security gadgets – a standard QP is a delicate piece of engineering, which if not utilized in safe condition can without much of a stretch square, as the change of the watch is a basic moment. At the point when they entered available of the perpetual calendars during the 2000s, H. Moser & Cie. did the entirety of that: a particular presentation and a secured development. This development and the watch that was encasing it, the Moser Perpetual 1, even won a prize at the GPHG 2006, stressing on an incredible knowledge of conception.

The excellence of this perpetual calendar by H. Moser & Cie. sits in its combination of complexity (it’s a QP all things considered, and one that is over-gotten) and of effortlessness. Surely, virtue , or even nakedness of the plan, is one of the foundations of the brands. Also, their perpetual calendar isn’t exemption for the standard. Indeed, if you’re not told that the watch you’re taking a gander at is a QP, you’ll barely consider whatever else than a period and-date watch. The need to stand out of the crowd… With such a presentation, having it encased in a games watch was by one way or another pertinent for once – we’ve seen as of now sport watches with QP, however let it out, it now and then looks odd. Not here.

The new H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Perpetual Calendar combines the new Pioneer case, energetic – but not a games watch either – with the mark QP of the brand. What we have here is a 42.8mm treated steel watch with a fairly strong, manly style – at any rate a shape that is more present and more rakish than the remainder of the Moser creation, which generally is refined and unobtrusive. Here, the watch has some presence, because of a huge distance across and some precise shapes. The casebands for example are finished to support the look a the drags are bulkier, yet facetted for the style.

However, as said, this an energetic watch, not a games watch. For example, even with a QP development and a 120m water opposition (yes, you can even scuba-jump with a QP), the Pioneer Perpetual Calendar stays thin at 11.3mm, making it more unpretentious than you might suspect. Indeed, I would consider it an easygoing watch, with lavish subtleties and generally manly look – made for an ordinary wear, including ends of the week and dynamic relaxation time. While the 3-hand renditions are accessible on elastic, this QP comes on a croc lash with steel pin-clasp, somewhat dressier and pertinent with the complication included (but I’m sure in the event that you ask pleasantly, you can have an extra rubber…)

The dial of the H. Moser & Cie. Pioneer Perpetual Calendar is along these lines. Intense, manly yet not bereft of tastefulness by the same token. It combines enormous records, with iridescent specks for evening clarity, with the excellence of cleaned and facetted subtleties. The hands are on a similar style, utilizing a customary leaf shape, yet bolder and loaded up with Luminova. As regular with Moser, the tone and surface of the dial has been picked with extraordinary consideration and here we have a dim blue fumé (hazier on the edges than in the center).

The show on this Pioneer Perpetual Calendar is well known… and still incredibly straightforward. An enormous date window at 3, with moment bounce, a little second at 6 and a force hold at 9. Basta… So where are the calendar signs? Where is the day, where is the month, where is the jump year? Most importantly, while the date can be extremely valuable consistently, the day of the week has less rhyme or reason. Same goes for the jump year, which is critical when setting the watch yet not as helpful as a sign, and this why it is set on the development side here. Yet, shouldn’t something be said about the month? Well the month is shown, in a tactful however astute way. To be sure, a dial has 12 indexes for the hours, so Moser chose to utilize that for the month as well. Consequently, they are pointed by a little focal hand, which utilizes the hour records to point a month. Simple and permitting a clean design.

The back of the Pioneer Perpetual Calendar anyway is a long way from perfect and unadulterated, which for a development normally is a compliment. Energetic watch for sure, yet with haute-horlogerie family on the caseback. The type in this watch is a similar 7-day power save manual-wind motor found altogether versions of the Endeavour (see here , here or here ). The HMC 800 is a complex movement:

  • An change both forward and in reverse whenever of the day of the calendar. The development is shielded from broken manipulations.
  • The ‘Twofold Pull Crown’ which permits an amendment of the date by turning the crown (without upsetting the time setting) and set the time unequivocally (with a hack-second system).
  • Perpetual “Flash Calendar” display
  • Moser compatible escapement (beating at 18.000bph and changed in 6 places) that works on the assistance operations
  • 7-day of force save reported (however more in the truth) with two enormous barrels

The completing of the development is charming, with cleaned edges, Moser common twofold stripping, straight grained steel parts and enormous screwed gold chatons. The visual fascination come from the star-wheel that demonstrate the jump year. This development has a 34mm width that fills the enormous case however stay thin at just 5.8mm thick.

What H. Moser did with this Pioneer Perpetual Calendar is to bring a steady watch. In fact, few are the energetic perpetual calendars that bodes well, chiefly in light of the fact that their showcase is excessively traditional or too complex to even think about befitting the style of a games watch – and the equivalent goes with a tourbillon, with watches finishing off with being very gimmicky. Here, gratitude to the perfect and sharp showcase, Moser accomplished to a have a pleasant advancement of the assortment, with a significant easygoing QP. The cost, supported by the complex development, remains rather powerful, regardless of whether lower than other QPs from the brand, at CHF 39,900 (€ 38k in Euros) – other QPs from Moser start around CHF 55,000. More subtleties on  www.h-moser.com .


Technical Specifications – H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Perpetual Calendar

  • Case: 42.8mm breadth x 11.3mm tallness – treated steel, cleaned and brushed – sapphire gem on the two sides – 120m water resistant
  • Dial: 12 PM blue fumé dial, applied records, brilliant spots – leaf hands loaded up with iridescent paint
  • Movement: calibre HMC 800, in-house – manual winding – 18,000 Vib/h – least 7-day power hold – hours, minutes, little seconds, power save and prompt perpetual calendar
  • Strap: dark crocodile lash with steel pin-buckle
  • Reference: 3800-1200
  • Price: CHF 39,900