FINAL UPGRADE FOR THE SWISS ALP WATCH
Neuhausen am Rheinfall, February 3rd, 2021
Marking the end of an inspiring concept, the Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade will be the climax to the Swiss Alp Watch saga that has left enthusiasts spellbound since 2016. Launched in response to the emergence of connected watches and in order to express the need for a nearly two-hundred-year-old brand like H. Moser & Cie. to remain faithful to its values of tradition and mechanical Haute Horlogerie while exploring modern movements, the Swiss Alp Watch will take its final bow in the form of a singular creation. A one-of-a-kind conceptual piece, the Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade pays tribute to the codes of connected watches, incorporating refined Vantablack® technology with traditional, fine mechanical watchmaking.
Now, more than ever, is the time to reconnect. To ourselves, to those close to us, to what matters. Current events serve as a daily reminder that the virtual world will never outshine reality, that electronic devices will never replace people, and that technology must remain a means and not an end. On the strength of its convictions, H. Moser & Cie. wanted to mark the end of the Swiss Alp Watch collection with an extra special model: Similar to previous models from this line, the Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade is inspired by the modern design of smartwatches, yet it is completely mechanical. With its 100% Swiss Manufacture movement and a minimum power reserve of 96 hours, it is developed to last and is perfectly equipped for the next generation. Instead of downloading information, the Schaffhausen manufacture thinks it's time we recharged ourselves. A watch must remain an expression of emotion, make you dream and perform its main purpose: To display the time.
For this model, H. Moser & Cie. wanted to combine different elements that have contributed to its success over the past few years. An aesthetic inspired by smartwatches, it features a Vantablack® dial in its Concept version, with no logo or indices. Known to be the blackest material produced artificially, Vantablack® and the blackened hour and minute hands perfectly evoke the standby appearance of the watch. This notion is further reinforced by the offset small second at 6 o'clock, redesigned for the occasion as a shaded disc made up of openings. Evoking the constant passing of time, this symbol serves as a reminder that the here and now is all that matters. "This idea was conceived by a customer and friend of the brand, a true enthusiast and fan of the Swiss Alp Watch collection. He came to visit us with an extremely precise design and we immediately wanted to create this model, perfectly in line with our philosophy, with a touch of humour and a hint of provocation", explains Edouard Meylan, CEO of H. Moser & Cie.
Acting as an ode to minimalism and understatement, in an ultra-contemporary, pared down and timeless manner, H. Moser & Cie. creates a striking contrast between aesthetic simplicity and the complexity of the materials chosen. Through its steel case with black DLC coating, the Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade radiates all the power of its perfectly black appearance. The Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade is a concept watch, a symbol of the end of the Swiss Alp Watch collection, production of which will cease.
H. Moser & Cie.’s own and unique take on Haute Horlogerie.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – SWISS ALP WATCH FINAL UPGRADE
Reference 5324-1205, steel model with black DLC coating, Vantablack® dial, blackened hands, black alligator leather strap
Steel with black DLC coating
Dimensions: 38.2 x 44.0 mm/height: 10.5 mm
See-through case back with sapphire crystal
Crown adorned with an “M”
Blackened leaf-shaped hour and minute hands
Offset small seconds at 6 o'clock
Hand-wound HMC 324 Manufacture calibre
Dimensions: 32.0 mm x 36.0 mm/height: 4.8 mm
Frequency: 18,000 Vib/h
Power reserve: minimum 96 hours
Moser teeth for all wheels and pinions
Interchangeable Moser escapement
Original Straumann® Hairspring
Gold escapement wheel and pallet fork
Movement finished with Moser stripes
Hours and minutes
Offset small seconds at 6 o'clock, displayed as a disc
Power reserve indicator on movement side
Hand-stitched black alligator leather
Steel pin buckle with black DLC coating, engraved with the Moser logo
REFERENCE & PHOTOS
Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade, reference 5324-1205, steel model with black DLC coating, Vantablack® dial, blackened hands, black alligator leather strap