Poetic ClassicismSIHH 2017: The Heritage Perpetual Moon
With the Heritage Perpetual Moon, H. Moser & Cie. is re-establishing the prestige of the most poetic complication ever: the representation of the lunar cycle. With its influence over the seas and the oceans, the lunar body holds a mysterious fascination for man.
Showcased in a large window at 6 o'clock, the eye-catching moon elevates this model to an expression of classical watchmaking. The Heritage Perpetual Moon also marks the introduction of the Heritage family of watches, joining Endeavour, Venturer and Pioneer in the H. Moser & Cie. collection.
Drawing inspiration from H. Moser pocket watches, cases in the Heritage collection are rounded with refined accents that complement the engraving and blue enamel on the case flanks. Honouring tradition and craftsmanship, this decoration is a feature of Heritage collection models. The distinctive classicism of the Heritage Perpetual Moon is evident in the notched crown and "Grand Feu" enamel on the dial, enlivened by the hand-painted Roman numerals and the flame-blued swallow-tail hands. Elegance and refinement have been watchwords for the creation of this exceptional piece, with fine lugs that enhance its traditional character. Yet, true to H. Moser & Cie.'s philosophy, the Heritage Perpetual Moon offers an interesting contradiction; blending genres and blurring lines. The classical character of the watch is distinguished from the resolutely contemporary design and sophisticated moon phase display. Bringing together tradition and technical expertise, the Heritage Perpetual Moon is a decidedly complex watch.
The Heritage Perpetual Moon is powered by the HMC 801 hand-wound Manufacture calibre, equipped with an interchangeable Moser escapement, ensuring the watch has a minimum 7-day power reserve, with a power reserve indicator on the movement side. In addition, the Heritage Perpetual Moon features a small centre hand that serves as an AM/PM indicator, rotating once every 24 hours with the hour indices 12 to 6 o’clock representing AM from midnight to midday and the left side of the dial representing PM from 1 p.m. to midnight. The moon phases are adjusted with a push-button on the side of the case, guaranteeing a precise display that can be set, read and predicted to within a minute.
The Heritage Perpetual Moon embodies old-fashioned charm, a deliciously vintage watch that is worthy of the finest watchmaking traditions. As with all new models produced from January 1st, 2017, this watch will not feature the Swiss Made label on the dial as the Schaffhausen-based Manufacture, whose creations are over 95% Swiss, does not consider the label sufficiently rigorous.