It seems like just yesterday that Moser released its take on the perfect steel watch with an integrated bracelet. However, it has been quite a bit longer than that already. And now, after several weeks of teasing the watch community online, we finally get to see the latest addition to the Streamliner family. And it sure is a beauty.
This latest iteration basically introduces the stellar 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] HMC 812. It is a manual wind perpetual calendarPerpetual Calendar A perpetual calendar is a complication in a mechanical watch that automatically adjusts for the different lengths of the months, including February, and leap years, and (almost) never requires manual adjustments. It has a mechanism that takes into account the different number of days in each month, including leap years, and automatically adjusts the date, day, month and year accordingly [Learn More] movement which of course sets it apart from any other streamliner to date. Due to this different movement the dimensions of the watch are also different. The watch has a 42mm diameter and this particular version is considerably thinner than the 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] version we saw earlier.
Few brands implement this complication as nice as Moser. The uninitiated might just see a simple three hander watch with a date window. Look a little bit closer and you will see a fourth little arrow which nicely indicates the month. The leap year indicator then is missing on the dial. However, flip the watch over and you will see it staring at you with the red marker indicating the necessary.
Moser’s perpetual calendar is also one of the more robust ones you can find. You can easily swap back and forth while setting the date without wrecking the movement. In fact, I can’t think of anyone else that implements it this well.
There’s another arrow at 10 o clock which has nothing to do with the calendar complication. It is a nicely integrated power reserveRéserve de marche Also known as Power Reserve. A watch's power reserve refers to the amount of time a mechanical watch can run without being wound. The power reserve of a mechanical watch can vary depending on the size of the mainspring, the efficiency of the gear train, and the rate at which the mainspring releases energy. If a watch has a Power Reserve 'complication' it simply means that the status of the power reserve can be seen on the watch itself (either on the dial or movement side of the watch). [Learn More] indicator, showing how much power is left on its impressive 7 day power reserve.
Great to see Moser building out the Streamliner family of watches. Priced at approximately CHF 50.000 the H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Perpetual Calendar will see a limited release later this year. To reserve yours or to find out more, click right here.