The beautifully understated design and the rich colours of the H. Moser & Cie. Venturer Collection have already captured the hearts of collectors and watch aficionados. The significant new launch today of the Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time adds another “very rare” model to the collection of the company which currently only produces around 1,000 watches per year.
The new model comes in three versions, in 18-carat red or white gold and with the rich tones of a slate, smoked red gold or silvered dial with a sunray pattern. The outer edge of the dial is convex to follow the contours of the convex sapphire crystal inspired by 1960s designs. The understated dial, with its slender red-gold hour markers and hands, has a two-layer construction to accommodate a generous aperture at 6 o’clock to show off the tourbillon cage. The boundary between these two layers, with its chamfered and polished edges, separates the sunray pattern of the main dial from the lower the section with its curved stripes that draw the eye towards the tourbillon carriage, beating beneath its gold bridges.
And it is here that the watch is brimming with state-of-the-art technology, in spite of its outwardly classic appearance. H. Moser & Cie. addresses doubts about the utility of the tourbillon (which was originally developed to compensate for the effects of gravity on the balance spring of a pocket watch in a vertical plane) in a modern wristwatch using a pair of opposing hairsprings produced by its sister company Precision Engineering AG, also based in Neuhausen. The centre of gravity remains in the centre of the springs, since any gravitational effects on one spring are countered by the opposing spring. H. Moser & Cie. also claim a further improvement in isochronism from the reduction in friction associated with the use of two balance springs.
A further innovation makes this simple but effective system all the more ingenious, since the entire tourbillon module, complete with its Straumann Double Hairspring® and screwed balance, is interchangeable, meaning that even a watchmaker without any specific knowledge of tourbillons can service the watch simply by swapping the pre-assembled tourbillon module. The module is fitted to the HMC 802 calibre, which is wound by a bi-directional gold rotor and offers a power reserve of 72 hours. The movement also offers a discreet dual time function with a central red hour hand that can be displayed or hidden using the crown.