Introducing the H. Moser & Cie Venturer Small Seconds Ref 2327-0200

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H. Moser Venturer Small Seconds white dial Roman numerals - Perpetuelle

Though a lot of H. Moser’s Baselworld headlines went to its one-of-kind, sapphire-cased skeleton tourbillon with 3-D printed strap, the manufacture had plenty of other superb releases that deserve a closer look.  Case in point:  the new Venturer Small Seconds you see here.  In an interesting twist on its typical aesthetic, H. Moser has given this reference a white lacquered dial with Roman numeral treatment.  Moser calls it a “neo-vintage” look.  I prefer to call it “stunningly simple and beautiful.”

So what’s noteworthy here?  For starters, the Venturer Small Seconds has until now only been made in red gold; this model has a white gold case.  Deliciously sized at 39mm x 12.5mm.  Then there’s the dial.  Typically, Moser dials are adorned with applied baton indices; here we see the elegant Romans printed on top of the white lacquer.  The leaf shaped, blued-steel hands on this reference are also a first for Moser, I believe.  Like the rest of the Venturer models, the dial has a convex profile, its curved edges making the most of its three dimensions.

H. Moser Venturer Small Seconds white dial Roman numerals detail - Perpetuelle

The small seconds sub recalls the historic pocket watches created by H. Moser & Cie. The subdial is positioned as close as possible to the bottom of the main dial, a technical feat made possible thanks to the exceptional in-house movement fitted within this creation.  The hand-wound calibre HMC 327 movement has a power reserve of 3+ days and is designed, developed and finished entirely in-house.  It has hacking seconds (stops when you pull the crown out — for more accurate time setting) and beats at a leisurely 18,000 vph.

H. Moser Venturer Small Seconds caseback - Perpetuelle

H Moser calibre HMC 327 - Perpetuelle

The Venturer Small Seconds is priced at $20,500.  Consider me a fan.

A Gorgeous Longines Pocket Watch: Horses Trio 1911

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Longines Pocket Watch Horses Trio 1911 remake - Perpetuelle

The Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Horses Trio 1911 is a classically-styled pocket watch in 18-carat rose gold (48mm), with a decorated caseback showing a trio of horses.  It is a 2015 limited edition issue by Longines, as a tribute to the pocket watch of similar style that can now be found at the Longines museum in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, (also shown below).

The piece has a white lacquer dial with painted Arabic numerals, blued-steel Breguet style hands, and a small seconds subdial with railtrack at 6 o’clock.  Inside is, of course, a manual wind mechanical caliber; it beats at gentle 18,000 vph and has a power reserve of 40 hours.  Unfortunately the caseback decoration is stamped, which I think is an opportunity missed for Longines.  Engraving would have been more appropriate a distinguished choice for a “very limited” piece such as this.  A nice looking piece from Longines nonetheless.

The 1911 Inspirational Piece

Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch 1911 - Perpetuelle

 

Art Special: The Hermès Slim d’Hermès Perspective Cavalière Series

Hermès Slim d'Hermès Perspective Cavalière - red - Perpetuelle

Hermès offers its own interpretation of the “Perspective cavalière” (isometric perspective) through a set of exceptional new models featuring : Slim d’Hermès Perspective Cavalière.  The dial is champlevé enamelled white gold in blue, red, yellow or white, with gold hands and a Perspective Cavalière motif borrowed from a Hermès scarf.  If you look closely and creatively, you can see the motif includes formation of the phrase “Hermès Paris.”  This type of watch is why I admire Hermès so much — modern and creative, yet artisinal and reliant upon traditional watchmaking techniques.

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Chocolate Dial, Rose Gold Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref 5711/1R-001

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref 5711 1R 001 - Perpetuelle

The Patek Phillipe Nautilus is a watch that, for many, needs no introduction.  I won’t delve into the history of the Nautilus here, except to say that the first Nautilus, the Ref 3700/1, was designed by Gerald Genta (same guy who designed the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and more) and launched in 1976 (more tidbits here, on the Patek historical timeline).

Although there were other watches that Patek debuted at Baselworld a couple months ago that got more attention (like this platinum 5905 Annual Calendar chrono, this Calatrava Reference 5227G-010, and this platinum 5370 Split-Seconds Chronograph), this piece is a great addition to the Nautilus lineup that should not be overlooked.  It looks absolutely gorgeous with its chocolate dial surrounded by rose gold case and bracelet.  Like other Nautilus models, this one has Patek’s Caliber 324 S C.  Price on the Patek Nautilus 5711/1R-001 seen here is $51,000 USD.  If only.