Once in a while, a modern watch release shows that rare potential of becoming a future icon. This does not happen often, at all. One that I can think of would be for example the Bulgari Octo Finissimo. The still rather fresh H. Moser Streamliner is another very rare example, of a watch that is showing true potential to becoming a future icon.
The past few years, a few big name brands have set their sights on creating the next iconic watch. All of which seem to have aimed for steel watches with an integrated bracelet. Hoping perhaps to repeat the success of Patek’s Nautilus or AP’s Royal Oak. Nearly all of these releases left me – yes I’ll say it – rather unimpressed. One of the very few that stood out however, was H. Moser’s Streamliner.
With its unique case design, caliberCaliber The caliber ('movement') is the heart and engine of a watch. It consists of a number of interconnected components that work together. Energy is transmitted through the gear train, to the escapement mechanism. The escapement mechanism releases this energy in a controlled manner. This drives the gear train, which ultimately rotates the hands of the watch and keeps time. [More Info] choice and its unmistakable integrated bracelet design, it has a distinct character of its own. All ingredients to become a future classic are certainly there.
I am not alone, in seeing the potential here. At this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) H. Moser & Cie’s Streamliner FlybackFlyback A flyback function on a chronograph watch, allows the user to reset the chronograph back to zero and start timing again with a single button press (no need to first stop the watch). [Learn More] ChronographChronograph A chronograph complication is a feature in a watch that allows the wearer to measure elapsed time in addition to telling the time. It works by having a separate set of gears and levers, called the chronograph mechanism, which is activated by pressing a button or a pusher. The chronograph mechanism starts and stops the chronograph's second hand, which is usually located on the watch's dial, separate from the regular watch hands. The elapsed time is usually displayed on a sub-dial or a register on the watch's dial. [Learn More] Automatic was also chosen as the winner of the chronograph category at the 20th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) ceremony.
Now H.Moser has decided to spice up the Streamliner collection and added a new variation now with a fumé Funky Blue dial. The dial color that is to my taste, H.Moser’s absolute best and indeed – most iconic. What a beauty.
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