If you are into Perpetual Calendars, chances are that H. Moser has won over your heart about a decade-and-a-half ago. That is, when they unleashed their gloriously functional and minimalistic interpretation of a perpetual calendar: The Endeavour Perpetual Calendar . Today, Moser released an entirely new take on the Perpetual Calendar and it comes in two hand-wound variations.
As the name suggests, the latest release finds itself within the Pioneer range, the haute horlogerie interpretation of what a sport watch should and can be. “Available in two models with bold colours: the first features the Funky Blue dial with traditional indexes and markers; the second is dressed in a brand new colour – Burgundy – and stripped of almost all indications except for the dots that mark the hours. An offset small second sits at 6 o’clock, and a power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock, along with the leap year cycle indicator, which is concealed on the movement side. “
As you will surely have noticed, there is no tiny arrow (a fantastic concept by the way) in this Perpetual Calendar which we are used to see at Moser. This release instead features “two large windows to display the date and month and two discs featuring the Flash Calendar function, which changes instantly when necessary. The date can be set at any time of the day, forwards or backwards, with no risk to the movement.” The latter is a joy to behold – trust me – and also just plain practical and a great piece of mind.
Today H. Moser comes with an entirely new Perpetual Calendar, one that is just as striking to the eye, but in a completely new package. Not only the eyes are treated to something fresh, also the heart of the watch sees the addition of the entirely new Manufacture Calibre HMC 808. First of all – it is in the Pioneer line, so this Perpetual Calendar has a 120m depth rating, yes sir.
Being a Pioneer, other than the screw down crown and the handy depth rating, it also features the characteristics that define the Pioneer: The curved crystal, the display caseback, the beautifully sculpted sides of the steel case and the sporty 42.8mm size. Note that due to the short lugs the Pioneer tends to wear smaller than what you would likely expect.
Currently priced at 39.900,00 CHF this is in fact a lot of bang for your buck compared to other – more expensive – instantaneous Perpetual Calendars out there from say Lange, Patek etc.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – PIONEER PERPETUAL CALENDAR MD
– Ref. 3808-1200, steel model, Burgundy fumé dial, limited to 50 pieces
– Ref. 3808-1201, steel model, Funky Blue fumé dial, limited to 50 pieces
– Case: Steel, Diameter: 42.8 mm, height (excluding sapphire crystal): 11.3 mm, Curved sapphire crystal and see-through case back
– Screw-in crown adorned with an “M” and Water-resistant to 120m
– Superluminova® hour marker dots
– Leaf-shaped hands, partially skeletonised, Superluminova® elements on hands
– HMC 808 hand-wound calibre
– Power reserve minimum 7 days, Double barrel, Hacking seconds, Original Straumann Hairspring®, Interchangeable Moser escapement
Functions: Hours and minutes, small second, Perpetual calendar with date and month, Big date display, Month indicator window, Power reserve indicator, Leap year cycle indicator on movement side
More information right here https://www.h-moser.com/en/
Pictures courtesy H. Moser Cie