By John Galt
At Baselworld 2015, H. Moser & Cie. introduced a new Venturer small seconds model this time with Roman numerals instead of the normal applied batons. H. Moser & Cie. describe it as a Neo-vintage look, I just call it stunningly simple and elegant.
Previously only available in red-gold, this new Venturer small second comes in a 39mm white gold case giving the feel of vintage elegance.
The new white lacquered dial gives a nice crisp feel and harks back to the typical style of the 1920’s, the dial features a convex profile beneath the sapphire crystal resulting in the dial that appears to float seamlessly in the white gold case. Only Roman numerals adorn the outside of the dial, there are no minute indicators or minute track to spoil the aesthetics here.
Venturer Small Seconds Ref 2327-0200
There is no date window either but a small sub-seconds dial at 6’oclock is cut into the main dial giving a nice depth that reminds me of old pocket watches. Further enhancing its elegant looks are the hands that are long and made of tapered blued steel to curve beautifully with the dial.
Turning the piece over you are greeted with a full exhibition case back to marvel at the calibre HMC 327 superb hand wound in-house movement giving a minimum power reserve of 3 days. This slow beating 18,000 vibration per hour movement offers excellent features including hacking seconds (stops the second-hand when you pull crown for more accurate time setting), Moser teeth for pinions and wheels with a stabilised Breguet overcoil.
Completing the piece is a black alligator strap accompanying a white gold pin buckle with H.Moser and Cie. logo engraved. The watch is priced at 18,500CHF(17,700EUR).
I was lucky enough to try this piece on my wrist at Baselworld this year. The pictures do not do this piece justice with its vintage inspired looks and clean crisp dial really accentuating the dark Roman numerals and blued hands, this would be equally at home in present day or back in the 1920’s as a beautiful elegant dress watch.
For more info, please visit h-moser.com
JOHN GALT – CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
John Galt caught thehorology bug back in 2010 on his first visit to a London watch show and has snowballed since; John has become an avid writer and blogger of timepieces of all kinds, from everyday timepieces to modern Luxury HauteHorology, his favorite brands being HYT and GreubelForsey that push the boundaries of modern watch-making. John keeps a keen interest in the UK watch scene with their many emerging brands and timepiece’s. John Galt currently contributes watch related articles for online publications in the UK and USA. You can follow John on Twitter @johng73 Read his articles here.