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