If one were to choose the one word that most aptly describes H. Moser & Cie’s watches, it would definitely be sobriety. The appearance of the watches produced by the Schaffhausen-based brand is perfectly uncluttered. But behind this minimalist front, they have always been endowed with smart, practical and sophisticated movements. This new watch line is no exception to these fundamental rules. The Venturer is in fact even more pared-down than its companions. Deeply rooted in the design spirit of the Bauhaus school, it is all about binding form and function, rejecting useless details and renouncing ornamentation. A token of H.Moser & Cie's renewed relevance, the Venturer is above all else a watch that hides its hand as befits such a true paragon of discretion. This is especially true of the first version made available, the Venturer Small Seconds.
The Venturer may be a new model, but it’s very much a H. Moser & Cie, meaning that it is the epitome of simplicity – a virtue stemming first and foremostfrom its indications. Hours, minutes, small seconds: we are pretty close to the bare minimum. The same goes for the dial hour-markers. With a small golden pin at each hour and a double one at noon, H. Moser & Cie preserves its sobriety and quality. The red gold hands are from the same stock. Their so-called leaf shape has been slimmed down to go with the flow of the Venturer’s minimalistic design. The only fanciful touch is the small seconds subdial subtly highlighted by a concentric motif.
The red gold case of this new Schaffhausen watch reveals the same approach. It measures 39 mm in diameter, but appearances are deceptive in terms of its thickness, since the fact that the rim is thinner than the centre makes it lookslimmer than it actually is. That effect is reinforced by the domed shape of the transparent sapphire crystal. Instead of forming a flat lens like an extension of the bezel, it starts out at an almost vertical angle, giving it a distinctive 1920s look. The bezel is accordingly also vertical and extremely thin, thus providing a clearer view on the dial which comes in a choice of three versions. The silver-toned and slate-grey variations feature a sunburst pattern, while the smoked red gold model is darker around the edge than at the centre, a trademark feature of H. Moser & Cie dials.
The third fundamental part of the Venturer is of course its movement, which is also new. The HMC327 is a close cousin of the HMC 321. Slightly simpler, thinner but just as broad, it is endowed with every technical trait that makes H. Moser & Cie’s calibres so unique. It is developed and produced in-house, equipped with a balance-spring made by a subsidiary company and also features a stop seconds mechanism. For the first time in a H. Moser & Cie movement, the lever and escape wheel are made of silicon. The HMC327 has a three-day power reserve, displayed on the back of the movement in order to preserve its pristine sobriety. But remember, is the latter is just a façade, and the Venturer saves the best for its owner.