It’s a mostly secret truth however ( the very ) Swiss brand H. Moser & Cie , based in Neuhausen-am-Rheinfall near
H. Moser & Cie. – A Russian story
While the watch business has for quite some time been identified with Switzerland, a portion of its best watchmakers discovered that there was acceptable business to be done in other pieces of the world – think Jaquet Droz in China for example. One of these was Heinrich Moser, who chose to consolidate a watch brand far from his Schaffhausen home in the Swiss mountains, in Russia (although the watches were still fabricated in Le Locle). Heinrich Moser was selling his Swiss-Made watches in his own stores in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod and Kiev, and likewise through an organization of free retailers within the Russian Empire and along the Silk Road. He provided the Imperial Court and the Russian armed force. Heinrich Moser was hugely fruitful, with just about 500,000 watches sold in his lifetime.
The Russian story doesn’t end there. In 1874, upon the death of Heinrich Moser, his widow handed control of the Le Locle industrial facility to Paul Girard, and depended the Russian company to Cornelius Winterhalter, who united with Octave Meylan (Octave Meylan is in all honesty the extraordinary grandfather of Edouard Meylan, the current CEO of H. Moser & Cie. whose family purchased the company in 2012). At the beginning of the twentieth century, Carl Fabergé, goldsmith to the tsars, prepared practically the entirety of his table tickers with H. Moser developments. The 1917 October Revolution prompted the nationalization of H. Moser & Cie., which then stopped exchanging completely toward the finish of the 1970s. 100 years have passed since this rather sensational crossroads in the history of the brand, which is presently more alive than any other time in recent memory. This was most likely an opportunity to introduce something to recall these Russian roots.
The Venturer XL Stoletniy Krasniy
For this new watch, the H. Moser & Cie. Venturer XL Stoletniy Krasniy, the brand plays with its typical codes of straightforwardness (not to say minimalism) and with a notable tone for the brand: red – regardless of whether here, it has nothing to do with the Swiss banner. The base watch is recognizable as it has just been utilized already for a few releases, however it typically includes a little second at 6 – such as the Venturer Small Seconds XL Purity Cosmic Green . Here, we have again a totally bare watch: no date, no second (even a focal one), no lists, no Swiss-made notice ( obviously )… truth be told, nothing else than the dial and two hands.
The clear emphasis on this H. Moser & Cie. Venturer XL Stoletniy Krasniy is on the red fumé dial – with a red shading that steadily obscures when approaching the periphery of the dial – and on the particular logo that has been printed. In fact, to be reliable with the Russian theme, Moser chose for the company’s unique Cyrillic logo – with a particular text style and a dark and yellow style. Finishing the first style of this watch is a military-green texture strap.
The rest stays known from the brand: a 43mm hardened steel case, with the typical shape utilized by the brand, and inside an in-house produced development, the HMC 327, with 3-day power reserve, Moser balance wheel and unique Straumann Hairspring and the interchangeable managing organ. Finishing is, obviously, wonderful, with polished angles and Moser ribbings on top of the bridges.
The H. Moser & Cie. Venturer XL Stoletniy Krasniy will be delivered in just 17 pieces, price is CHF 19,900. More subtleties on www.h-moser.com .
Technical Specifications – H. Moser & Cie. Venturer XL Stoletniy Krasniy
- Case: 43mm breadth x 12.6mm height – Stainless steel – sapphire precious stone on both sides
- Movement: HMC 327 type, in-house – hand-wound – 3Hz recurrence – 3-day power hold – hours and minutes, power save pointer on the development side
- Strap: green texture lash with steel pin-buckle
- Limited Edition: 17 pieces
- Price: CHF 19,900