To blend is to create something entirely new. Presenting the fusion of two icons from H. Moser & Cie. – The Streamliner and the singular perpetual flash calendar.
In 2005, H. Moser & Cie. marked its return to Haute Horlogerie by revolutionising the perpetual calendar with the Perpetual 1, which immediately earned its place as one of H. Moser & Cie’s flagship products. Distinctly minimalist and understated, this perpetual calendar movement with an instantaneous changing date simply looks like a calibre with three hands plus the date to the un-trained eyes.
Fast forward to 2021 and we are met with a pleasant upgrade to this famous movement, from the previous three-hands to a new version featuring four central hands, completed with a resolutely contemporary look when it fuses with the Streamliner – the modern luxury sport watch collection which debuted last year.
The Streamliner Collection
Since the launch of the brand new Streamliner collection from H. Moser & Cie. in January 2020 with introduction of the Flyback Chronograph Automatic timepiece – the world’s first integrated automatic chronograph with a central display to offer a flyback function, watch collectors have been patiently anticipating more exciting releases to follow. Not disappointing the new garnered cult, two other watches were unveiled in the same year, the Streamliner Centre Seconds in Matrix Green and the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph in Funky Blue.
The Streamliner is strikingly different and unusual yet 100% Moser and represents another facet of the Manufacture’s identity. It was an obvious choice to serve as the showcase for the new perpetual calendar movement developed and produced by H. Moser & Cie.
The New H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Perpetual Calendar
Like the previous Streamliner models, the new Streamliner Perpetual Calendar adopts the same exterior, featuring perfectly rounded curves evoking the very first high-speed Streamliner trains from the Twenties and Thirties. Its 42.3 mm steel cushion case which is water-resistant to 12 ATM is fitted with an integrated steel bracelet that is both elegant and ergonomic, conforming to the wrist of its wearer with a gentle arc. The new luxury sport watch is completed with varying finishes; a vertical brushed finish with polished surfaces for the wave bracelet, a sunray brushed finish for the bezel and alternate brushed and polished surfaces for the case with hollowed and satin-finished forms on the sides.
The Streamliner Perpetual Calendar is akin to the first Flyback Chronograph Automatic, positioning its crown adorned with an “M” at 4 o’clock, aligning it with the date aperture that are tilted to 26°. The “Flash Calendar” allows instantaneous date change in a flash at midnight, and it can be adjusted forward or backwards at any time of the day. In constant pursuit of minimalism, the leap year indicator is located on the side of the movement instead of on the dial, which is visible via a transparent sapphire caseback.
Perhaps without taking a closer look, one might even have mistaken the new perpetual calendar model for the flyback chronograph which pioneered the Streamliner collection. The perpetual calendar “inherited” the grey-toned fumé dial but with sunburst pattern finishing, and not forgetting the white and red outer minute and seconds track that line the edge of signature dial.
What clearly distinguish between the two, other than the date display, are the power reserve indicator at 10 o’clock, and a short red and white central month hand which indicates the month against the twelve hour indices. It is interesting to note that the power reserve hand, the months hand and the seconds hand are reminiscent of those on the dials of car dashboards or measuring instruments. H. Moser & Cie. has chosen three-dimensional curved hands to indicate the hours and minutes, featuring inserts made from Globolight®, an innovative ceramic-based material which contains Super-LumiNova®.
Powering the timepiece is the redesigned award-winning perpertual flash calendar movement to include a direct-drive central second hand. The hand-wound HMC 812 calibre which guarantees an impressive power reserve of 168 hours, features an ultra-contemporary finish with the horizontal Moser double-stripes that donned all H. Moser & Cie.’s in-house movements. The open balance bridges, train wheels, barrel and escapement plate are also coated with anthracite grey PVD, while the main plate is microblasted and features anthracite rhodium plating.
The philosophy of the new Streamliner Perpetual Calendar is complexity made simple, as with all the previous Streamliner timepieces. It is undoubtedly the purest, most ingenious and most practical perpetual calendar on the market and reflects H. Moser & Cie.’s own and unique take on Haute Horlogerie.
The H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner collection is available at Cortina Watch in Singapore and Malaysia. Locate the nearest boutique for a visit and explore the distinguished luxury sport watches.