H. Moser & Cie. has entered 2020 with a creation that could cause a sensation. A new line, a new case, a new integrated bracelet, a new movement, a new dial, and a new hand – everything is new, everything is different. And yet, everything is H. Moser & Cie.
The watch manufacturer is known for its innovtions, raising the existing rules to a new level. Fluid lines, geometric curves, dynamic forms, a harmony of contrasts and textures: H. Moser & Cie. adopts minimalism as its guiding force, creating the first integrated automatic chronograph with a central display to offer a flyback function. The new watch – the Streamliner – has its own distinct personality.
Over five years ago, H. Moser & Cie. started the development of an entirely new and unique product line. The initial idea was to design a steel case model with an integrated bracelet. The notion of fluidity and curved continuous lines quickly became inextricable. The Streamliner, named after the first high-speed trains from the Twenties and Thirties whose rounded and aerodynamic curves it evokes. As key characteristic of the H. Moser & Cie. identity, minimalism is at the heart of the entire creation process of this watch.
The Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic model is a form watch, with a steel cushion case 42.3 mm in diameter. With dynamic water resistance to 12 atm, the chronograph function of the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic can be used underwater – a rarity. Its off-centre crown, adorned with an “M”, balances the two chronograph push-buttons set at 10 and 2 o’clock. Designed as a truly sculptural piece, this case boasts harmonious proportions and beautiful aerodynamics. It is topped by a subtly domed Glassbox type sapphire crystal, echoed by the see-through case back.
The bezel has a sunray brushed finish; the case has alternating brushed and polished surfaces, with hollowed and satin-finished forms on the sides, in a nod to the typical shapes of Moser cases. The lines extend to the integrated steel bracelet, which is elegantly curved to follow the shape of the wrist; the design of the links ensures that it sits perfectly even on slender wrists. The links are articulated and feature a gentle wave combining a vertical brushed finish with polished surfaces.
As far as the movement is concerned, the Streamliner is the first automatic chronograph with a central display to feature a flyback function for the minutes and seconds. The design watch is extremely complex but the end result is simple, legible and minimalist, with an emphasis on functionality and ergonomics thanks to the central display. By highlighting the chronograph function, Agenhor has rewritten the rules at the heart of chronograph technology. The oscillating weight has been placed between the movement and the dial, so the functions of the chronograph and its column wheel can be observed by the wearer.
The calibre HMC 902 is using the retrograde principle which allows the elapsed minute hand to jump instantly using the energy accumulated and then released. Featuring two chronograph hands, one for the minutes and one for the seconds, and two time display hands, one for the hours and one for the minutes, the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic is nothing if not understated.
For the dial of the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic, H. Moser & Cie. has reinterpreted its characteristic fumé dial. It presents itself in a new anthracite grey colour and has not only fumé but also griffé character. On the edge are two circumferential minute graduations in white and red: the outer one measures the seconds, the inner one counts the minutes. At 12 o’clock, the number 60 dominates the dial – a reference to the stopwatches of the 60s and 70s. Since precision is everything in a chronograph, H. Moser & Cie. has chosen hands with a wider base and a fine tip. In addition, there is a red second hand. All this supports excellent readability, as do the inserts made of Globolight, which contains Super-LumiNova and ceramic and is used in hands for the first time.
There will only be 100 pieces made of the H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic.