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Release: Moser & Cie Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton
A Perfect Blend

Moser & Cie just dropped the hammer with the release of their latest Pioneer. The Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton is a perfect blend of key ingredients that make a Moser watch a “Moser watch”. Mixing strong ingredients isn’t easy. Balance is key. Based on the initial release images, Moser managed to get things just right.

First, let’s perhaps point out that Moser & Cie chose to opt for the Pioneer case. The Pioneer is essentially the Sportswatch as defined by Moser & Cie. A robust luxury timepiece that feels at home on the beach, in the boardroom, and anywhere in between. The Pioneer exists in a couple of variations, with the Perpetual Calendar MD being my personal favorite. However, none of these variations come anywhere close to this latest release by Moser & Cie.

Let’s start with perhaps the most familiar ingredient. The typical fumé dial, here in Funky Blue. If you’ve heard of Moser watches, you will have heard about fumé dials, that grow darker as you move towards the edge of the dials. An enthusiast will assume that this is a Moser & Cie watch long before seeing or reading the brand on the dial, purely due to the fumé dial. Note that here the dial is of course smaller than usual, and it is also slightly domed.

But I promised their would be a balancing act of multiple ingredients, not just a single one. So what else do we see? Ingredient number two would be the use of Globolight® . We see the thick 3-dimension Globolight® indices and hands. An ingredient which we also tend to associate with Moser & Cie, in particular its Heritage line of watches. A sight to behold (and a joy to photograph).

Now adding another ingredient is Moser & Cie’s cylindrical hairspring. Little known fact perhaps, but this is produced in-house at Moser & Cie (to be exact, it is produced under the same roof (literally) as Moser & Cie, at sister company Precision Engineering AG which sits under the MELB Umbrella). According to Moser & Cie each cylindrical hairspring is shaped by hand, taking ten times longer to produce than a traditional hairspring.

Previously released (and sold out) Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon showcasing the cylindrical hairspring

We have seen this cylindrical hairspring before, most notably perhaps in the Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon which was a collaboration between Moser & Cie and MB&F. I’ll honestly say that I was never expecting this to make an appearance in the Pioneer, nor that it would look good, but here we are, it looks stellar.

Another key ingredient is of course the caliber. In-house caliber to be exact. The caliber used here is a skeleton model of the new HMC 811 calibre. The use of a skeletonized movement is a new twist, so far unseen at H. Moser & Cie, and it looks surprisingly great. I am also quite curious to see how or if this will evolve across other HMCalibers in the future.

All things said and done, this is an absolute Tour de Force by Moser & Cie, pure and simple. Oh and by the way, yes it is still a Pioneer indeed – with its robust & sculpted case you can take this on any of your adventures (12 ATM) or just gaze at its beauty during your next meeting. To find out more about this watch, don’t hesitate to check it out right here.

SPECIFICATIONS

Case
Steel topped by a slightly domed sapphire crystal
Diameter: 42.8 mm
Height without sapphire crystal: 11.7 mm
Height with sapphire crystal: 15.3 mm
Screw-in crown adorned with an engraved “M”
See-through case back
Water-resistant to 12 ATM

Dial
Funky Blue fumé domed sub-dial with sunburst pattern at 12 o’clock
Skeletonised dial
Indices in Globolight®
Hour and minute hands with Globolight® inserts

Movement
Fully skeletonised HMC 811, self-winding, three-dimensional Manufacture calibre
Diameter: 34.0 mm or 15 lignes/height: 5.5 mm (without hands or tourbillon) 
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h
28 jewels
171 components
Automatic bi-directional pawl winding system
Gold, fully skeletonised oscillating weight
Power reserve: minimum 74 hours
Cylindrical hairspring with 2 Breguet curves
One-minute flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock with skeletonised bridge; hand-bevelled balance bridge
Diamond bevelling
Main plate and bridges with anthracite PVD finish

Functions
Hours and minutes

Strap
Black alligator leather strap, hand-stitched
Steel folding clasp, engraved with the Moser logo

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