For its talking piece this year, H. Moser & Cie. has selected the Venturer collection, which boasts elegant and refined, sensual curves. The exception being that this version will have a case created entirely in sapphire crystal. The finish to the profile of the case with its unusual shapes, the bezel, the curve of the dial and the crystal, and the proportions which echo the convex forms of the 1960s: the beauty of all these features is amplified by the transparency of the sapphire crystal case. The solid sapphire case was created using the Kyropoulos method. Starting with aluminium oxide, this revolutionary crystallisation process is used to create large ingots of sapphire crystal which are highly uniform and of an excellent quality. The sapphire crystal is then cut and worked with the greatest of care. This transparent sapphire case highlights the beauty of the HMC 803 calibre, which is entirely skeletonised. The bidirectional rotor, made from 22-carat solid red gold, is also open-worked. Fascinating and hypnotic, its oscillations set off the various materials and surfaces. Playing with surprising contrasts, H. Moser & Cie. uses this setting to showcase a most traditional and exceptional watchmaking complication, the tourbillon, giving it a contemporary twist with both lightness and subtlety.
The manufacture opted for a movement in nickel silver, a choice dictated by history. More complex and difficult to work, this alloy is, however, more beautiful and possesses a highly symbolic value. The alloy oxidises slightly before stabilising completely, ensuring the mechanism exudes an eternal beauty. H. Moser & Cie. takes this approach to its extreme with the superlative appeal of the Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Sapphire Skeleton. The entire surface of the HMC 803 calibre is carved with a decoration that took almost 100 hours of work.. Finally, the manufacture is equipping its timepiece with a second time zone, indicated by a rhodium-plated hand, which can be easily distinguished from the blued steel hour and minute hands, and, of course, an Moser interchangeable minute tourbillon, boasting an original Straumann Double Hairspring®.
The strap fitted to the sapphire lugs of the Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time Sapphire Skeleton features a delicate structure. Ethereal, playing with transparency, this strap is one-of-a-kind and was printed using 3D technology, a world-first in watchmaking. Incredibly lightweight, with dimensions as compact as possible, this strap reveals new perspectives and hitherto unimagined possibilities of production with rubber.