Neuhausen am Rheinfall, March 16th, 2016

In theory, sand, water and high-tech mechanics do not mix well. However, H. Moser & Cie. has developed a perpetual calendar in its Pioneer collection that is the first complication of its kind to be water-resistant to 120 metres. Why? To be on time for the ice-cream man? For those who think it’s important to sport a stylish timepiece even on the beach? To seduce mermaids? Well, yes and no. Some may say “pointless”. H. Moser & Cie. would argue “incredibly practical”.

In 2015, H. Moser & Cie. launched the Pioneercollection. Bold and modern, the mark of a pioneering and adventurous spirit, with a strong design which makes reference to the industrial world, models in this collection are both elegant and comfortable – perfect for everyday wear. The Pioneer Perpetual Calendar follows the same philosophy: a perpetual calendar which is easy to use and comfortable to wear. Edouard Meylan, CEO of H. Moser & Cie., sums up: “Without a doubt, the perpetual calendar is the most useful complication of all. But, because the mechanism can be fragile, it is often kept safely hidden away in a box. With the Pioneer Perpetual Calendar, we wanted to create a piece that is perfect for everyday wear, on land or in water, with its complex mechanism protected in a lightweight, robust and watertight case.” The case of the Pioneer Perpetual Calendar is akin to a suit of armour, measuring 42.8 mm in diameter, and made of several sections. This modular case is made from 5N red gold, featuring black DLC-finished titanium components continuing the modern interpretation in the exceptional non-geometric shapes adorning the sides of H. Moser & Cie models.

The Pioneer Perpetual Calendar features an ardoise fumé dial. To emphasise the practical aspect of this model, its leaf-shaped hands are filled with Superluminova® and complemented by luminescent markers indicating the hours on the flange. As for the strap, H. Moser & Cie. has chosen black alligator leather. The boldest customers, however, will choose the rubber strap.

At the heart of the Pioneer Perpetual Calendar beats the legendary H. Moser & Cie. perpetual calendar calibre, a marvel of ingenuity and complexity enhancing a complication which is executed with absolute simplicity. It features 12 indices indicating both the hours and the months, a date window at 3 o’clock, an off-centre small seconds at 6 o’clock and a power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock: powered by the HMC 800 hand-wound movement, this watch guarantees a generous minimum 7-day power reserve.

With its Pioneer Perpetual Calendar, H. Moser & Cie. is reinterpreting the perpetual calendar, bringing it into the 21st century and ranking it amongst those models which marry style and practicality. Guaranteed to delight water sports fans and fish alike!

Reference 3800-0900, model in red gold and black DLC-finished titanium, ardoise fumé dial, strap in black alligator leather or rubber
Case in multiple sections, in solid 5N red gold and black DLC-finished titanium
Diameter: 42.8 mm, height: 15.0 mm
Curved sapphire crystal and see-through case back
Black DLC-finished titanium screw-in crown adorned with an “M”
Water resistant to 120 metres
Ardoise fumé with sunburst pattern
Red gold applique indices, with hour markers in Superluminova®
Flange with fluted structure
Leaf-shaped, partially skeletonised, red-gold finish
Superluminova® luminescent elements on hands
HMC 800 hand-wound calibre
Diameter: 34.0 mm or 15 lignes, height: 6.3 mm Frequency: 18,000 Vib/h
32 jewels
Power reserve: minimum 7 days Stop seconds
Double barrel
Interchangeable Moser escapement
Original Straumann Hairspring® with stabilised Breguet overcoil Pallet fork and escapement wheel made from gold
Movement and components hand-finished and decorated
Perpetual flash calendar
Big date display
Month indicator via central hand
Hours and minutes
Power reserve indicator on dial
Leap year cycle indicator on movement side
Strap in black alligator leather or black rubber
Pin buckle in black DLC-finished titanium
CONTACT: Nathalie Cobos, T +41 76 319 03 09, press@h-moser.com

H. Moser & Cie. was created by Heinrich Moser in 1828. Based in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, it currently employs 50 people, has eight of its own calibres and produces 1,200 watches per annum. H. Moser & Cie. manufactures parts such as regulating organs and balance-springs, which are used for its own production as well as to supply its partner companies. H. Moser & Cie. is honoured to have a Moser family member with the company as honorary chairman of the board and president of the Heinrich and Henri Moser Foundation. The aim of the Moser Foundation, created by one of Heinrich Moser’s descendants, is to keep the family history alive and seek out antique pieces for the Moser Museum, located in Charlottenfels Manor, Heinrich Moser’s family home. MELB Holding is an independent, family group based in the heart of the legendary Vallée de Joux. With the aim of promoting watchmaking savoir-faire and proven expertise in the field, MELB Holding holds shares in the companies H. Moser & Cie. and Hautlence