Monday, November 14, 2016

H. Moser & Cie. Heritage Tourbillon Skeleton

With the Heritage Tourbillon Skeleton unique piece, H. Moser & Cie. pays tribute to exceptional artisan watchmaking. This exceptional timepiece links tradition and modernity, two elements which coexist in all creations by H. Moser & Cie.

The inspiration behind the Heritage Tourbillon Skeleton came from an H. Moser pocket watch dating from the late 19thcentury in the H. Moser & Cie. collection. The case on this model, made from a striking blue, engraved enamel and studded with diamonds, inspired the watchmakers at the Schaffhausen-based Manufacture to reinterpret this watch, calling on the best craftsmen to work on the case.
Featuring stunning purple enamel on a case with two covers, guilloché engraving and diamond setting techniques, in association with a modern in-house, automatic and skeletonised calibre with a minute-tourbillon: the Heritage Tourbillon Skeleton is the synthesis of the greatest arts in watchmaking craftsmanship. It also symbolises the link between the past and the present  for H. Moser & Cie., founded in 1828, through a reinterpretation of an historic watch which retains its original features, now in  a larger dimension and fitted with a strap. The red gold case with two covers has therefore been enlarged and features extremely fine lugs, while respecting its original design.
On either side of the watch is a cover with hand-engraved, guilloché decoration, extending up the side of the case. These have then been enamelled, demonstrating the highest level of craftsmanship, and set with diamonds on the dial side. Paired with a crocodile leather strap, this beautifully rounded case is as smooth as a pebble. In reference to the historic timepiece, the H. Moser & Cie. Heritage Tourbillon Skeleton has a notched crown fitted with a push-button mechanism for opening the upper case cover.
The beating heart of this exceptional timepiece is the high-performance HMC 803, the tourbillon calibre in a skeletonised version. It guarantees the Heritage Tourbillon Skeleton a minimum 3-day power reserve.

Technical details
Model: HERITAGE TOURBILLON SKELETON
Reference 8803-0401, 5N red gold model, pocket watch -type case, crocodile leather strap, unique piece

Case
Pocket watch-type case in 5N red gold, diamond-set (28 diamonds, 0.31 carat) and enamelled
Diameter: 46.0 mm, height: 15.1 mm
Sapphire crystal

Dial
Openworked skeletonised movement
Dovetail-shaped blued hands

Movement
In-house automatic tourbillon skeleton calibre HMC 803
Diameter 34.0 mm or 15 lignes, height 6.5 mm
Frequency: 21,600 vibrations per hour
Automatic bi-directional pawl winding system
Solid 18-carat red gold skeletonised rotor engraved with the H. Moser & Cie. company hallmark
Power reserve: minimum 3 days
Moser teeth for all wheels and pinions
Original Straumann Double Hairspring®
Interchangeable Moser minute tourbillon at 6 o’clock with skeletonised bridges

Functions
Hours and minutes

Strap
Hand-stitched purple crocodile leather strap
18-carat solid 5N red gold folding clasp with Moser logo

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