Recently at Dubai Watch Week, H. Moser & Cie. unveiled the Streamliner Small Seconds Blue Enamel, a watch that stands out as a testament to the brand’s unwavering commitment to discreet refinement, high-performance watchmaking, and master craftsmanship. This timepiece, a synthesis of exclusivity and artistry, transcends the boundaries of mere functionality to emerge as a true object of art for discerning connoisseurs of horological excellence. It also represents a series of “firsts” for the brand.
The 39mm steel case, inspired by the sleek lines of high-speed trains from the 20s and 30s, showcases a cushion shape with reworked proportions, lending the watch a more elongated and aesthetically pleasing form. The integrated steel bracelet, with its fluid organic forms and unique articulated links, adds a layer of complexity and sophistication rarely seen in the world of watch design. It seamlessly complements the curves of the case, creating a harmonious visual appeal.
The allure of this horological masterpiece is the aqua blue fumé “Grand Feu” enamel dial, adorned with a distinctive hammered texture. Crafted through a meticulous process involving multiple firings, the dial achieves the fumé effect, resulting in a unique masterpiece with a gradient that deepens towards the edges. Steel appliqué indices and three-dimensional hands with Globolight® inserts enhance visibility, while the lacquered small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock introduces a captivating touch of contrast.
Powering the Streamliner Small Seconds Blue Enamel is the new manufacture-made automatic Caliber HMC 500, a remarkable showcase of Moser’s technical prowess. This movement, the brand’s smallest one thus far in the 21st century, features a solid platinum micro-rotor (another first for the brand) with a bi-directional pawl winding system, providing an impressive 74-hour power reserve. The open bridges reveal a contemporary finish with Moser stripes, and the micro-rotor proudly displays the brand’s distinctive hallmark. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this timepiece exemplifies the independent brand’s dedication to creating watches that are not just instruments for measuring time but enduring works of art.
According to Edouard Meylan, CEO of H. Moser & Cie., “Our starting objective was to have a movement that was slim yet high performance. We then spent a great deal of time working to optimize the dimensions, which is why we decided to integrate a micro-rotor for the first time in our history. Made from solid platinum, this micro-rotor is mounted on a ball bearing, equipped with a bi-directional pawl winding system, and offers sufficient barrel torque to provide a power reserve of 74 hours. We had to develop new smaller, slimmer components and mechanisms which could then be integrated into the available volume. The escapement was also miniaturized, whilst ensuring its performance remained unchanged, a technical feat made possible thanks to the expertise of our sister company, Precision Engineering AG. Because of the volume, the torque and the winding system, this was no easy task, but the result is a movement which will serve as a base for our small cases, and will enable us to introduce new complications, by combining it with modules developed in-house or in collaboration with our partner Agenhor.”