Saturday, January 28, 2017

H. Moser & Cie. Swiss Alp Watch Minute Retrograde Limited Edition

The Swiss Alp Watch Minute Retrograde is a surprising new creation from Independent Swiss luxury watch manufacture H. Moser & Cie.  . Pairing the rectangular case of its Swiss Alp Watch with the highly technical movement from its sister brand HAUTLENCE, H. Moser & Cie. has created a delightful surprise which combines tradition with modernity. This unique approach faithfully employs classic Haute Horlogerie techniques whilst incorporating the ultimate in technological movements.
The Swiss Alp Watch stands against the tide of smart watches, as a symbol of traditional Swiss watchmaking. The Swiss Alp Watch Minute Retrograde features all the attributes one would expect in a timepiece made in the Haute Horlogerie tradition: the piece features a minute dial created in "Grand Feu" enamel and a flame-blued retrograde hand. Its rectangular case is spectacular with its rounded corners, curved sapphire crystal on its edges, and three 3D sapphire crystals adorning the top and sides. The exquisite curved crystal case sets off the HAUTLENCE HL2.0 calibre to stunning effect. The hourly rotation of the regulating organ on the mobile form movement can be admired through the large opening. The escapement and hairspring are produced in-house by Precision Engineering AG, a sister company of H. Moser & Cie. and HAUTLENCE.
On this jumping hours model, the hours are shown in Roman numerals — as is the tradition — and are driven by a chain system comprising 12 hinged links. Occurring every 60 minutes, the jump is not instantaneous, taking place over 3 to 4 seconds, in a controlled way to ensure the components are protected from shocks, thanks to the mechanism's integrated speed regulator. This smooth rotation, with no shock or loss of power, means that the wearer can admire the beauty of the movement at work.
Equipped with two barrels, the HL2.0 automatic calibre on the Swiss Alp Watch Minute Retrograde guarantees a 45-hour power reserve, displayed on an indicator at 6 o'clock. H. Moser & Cie. chose alligator leather for the strap, which has a matte look on this model thanks to its carbon-effect finish. The timepiece comes with a second strap, in beige kudu leather with a green leather lining – a true hallmark of H. Moser & Cie. Each variant has a classic look, with a dynamic, modern touch which really sets it apart.

Technical details
Model: Swiss Alp Watch Minute Retrograde
Reference 5900-0200, white gold model, minute dial in "Grand Feu" enamel, black alligator leather strap with carbon-effect finish for a matte look or beige kudu leather strap, limited edition of 10 pieces

Case
Solid 18 carat white gold
Dimensions: 48.0 x 42.1 mm, height: 18.3 mm
Sapphire crystal
See-through sapphire crystal case-back and sapphire crystal on the side of the case
Crown adorned with an "M"
Engraved as a limited edition

Dial

Window revealing the mechanism
White "Grand Feu" enamel minute dial
Half-trailing hours system displayed by a chain at 11 o'clock
Blued retrograde minute hand

Movement
HAUTLENCE HL2.0 automatic Manufacture calibre
Mobile form movement, with a regulating organ which completes one 60° rotation each hour
Hours displayed with a 12-link chain and hinged pallet system, controlled by a speed regulator which rotates 48 times with each passing hour
Off-centre rotor, oscillating weight made from 18-carat white gold
Dimensions: 37.8 x 33.2 mm, height: 12.4 mm
Frequency: 18,000 Vib/h
92 jewels
Power reserve: 45 hours
2 barrels: going train barrel and complication barrel
Original Straumann Hairspring® with stabilised Breguet overcoil
Movement and components finished and decorated by hand (satin-finishing and drawing, hand bevelling, anthracite ruthenium coating and mirror-polished steel components)

Functions
Half-trailing hours
Retrograde minutes
Power reserve indicator

Strap
Hand-stitched black alligator strap with carbon-effect finish for a matte look or beige kudu leather strap with Moser green leather lining
18-carat solid white gold folding clasp engraved with the Moser logo

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