PRESS RELEASE

 

 

H. MOSER & CIE. THREE VANTABLACK® EDITIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE ANY TIME, ANYWHERE

Neuhausen am Rheinfall, April 2nd, 2020

H. Moser & Cie. has taken a key step in its development, deciding to get closer to its customers by offering them the opportunity to purchase its creations through a brand new online sales platform. With a selection of models available right now, this service has been designed as an opportunity to allow watch enthusiasts anywhere in the world to acquire a Moser timepiece, at any time of the day or night. To celebrate the launch of this platform, H. Moser & Cie. has created three remarkable editions, with an aesthetic guaranteed to make an impact: these three models feature a dial made from Vantablack®, the blackest black ever produced by artificial means. Equipped – for the first time – with black hands, they reveal the time like a quietly whispered secret. With neither logo nor indices, H. Moser & Cie. proves once more that the heart of the Haute Horlogerie sector lies not simply in displaying the time, but rather in eliciting emotion.

H. Moser & Cie. showcases Vantablack® on the dial of its Venturer Vantablack® Black Hands, available in a choice of two diameters (39 mm and 43 mm for the XL version), and its Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack® Black Hands model. With neither logo nor indices, this dial is the manufacture's ode to minimalism and understatement. Ultra-contemporary, pared down, and timeless.

 

Vantablack® is the blackest black ever produced by artificial means. It is composed of carbon nanotubes that are 10,000 times finer than a human hair, aligned vertically alongside each other. When a photon hits Vantablack®, this material absorbs 99.965% of the light. As our eyes need reflected light to perceive what we are looking at, Vantablack® is perceived as the absence of matter, a black hole. Although it’s resistant to shocks and vibrations, Vantablack® remains a material which is extremely delicate to handle. H. Moser & Cie. had to put a structure in place and develop special processes to successfully work with this material. Once behind the sapphire crystal, Vantablack® is protected as if in a safe. There, it can express itself completely and seems to radiate the full power of its perfect blackness.

 

An innovative material developed for astrophysics, Vantablack® is used in telescopes, and also by the military for thermal camouflage, to increase the stealth level of certain equipment. And that is exactly the role it is playing here: H. Moser & Cie. is taking advantage of its expertise in Vantablack® to propose a new use for this material, creating exceptional timepieces. These extremely rare models offer high added value in terms of both their innovation and their emotional scope. These models represent a switch to stealth mode, only revealing the time to those wearing them on their wrist, with the blackened hands keeping their secret well-hidden. This effect is further reinforced on the Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack® Black Hands model, with its DLC-coated steel case.

 

Amazingly, the story of these three models started as a joke. On April Fools' Day 2019, H. Moser & Cie. posted a touched-up photo of a watch with a black dial and blackened hands on social media, with these being, of course, invisible. Faced with an avalanche of requests from interested customers and the buzz which followed, H. Moser & Cie. had to take it seriously. United around the values of cutting-edge technology, timeless design and emotion, the Venturer Vantablack® Black Hands, Venturer Vantablack® Black Hands XL and Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack® Black Hands models are perfect for our modern times. And what is more, they are available to purchase via an online sales platform set up by H. Moser & Cie. Find them online and from approved retailers now.

 

H. Moser & Cie.’s own and unique take on Haute Horlogerie.

 

 

 

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – VENTURER VANTABLACK® BLACK HANDS

Reference 2327-0222, white gold model, Vantablack® dial, blackened hands, black alligator leather strap

 

Case

18K white gold

Diameter: 39.0 mm, Height: 11.9 mm

Curved sapphire crystal

See-through case back with sapphire crystal

Crown adorned with an “M”

 

Dial

Vantablack®

Blackened leaf-shaped hands

 

Movement

Hand-wound HMC 327 Manufacture calibre

Diameter: 32.0 mm or 14 ¼ lignes/height: 4.5 mm

Frequency: 18,000 Vib/h

29 jewels

Power reserve: minimum of 3 days
Hacking seconds

Moser teeth for all wheels and pinions

Movement and components hand-finished and decorated

Moser balance and original Straumann® Hairspring

 

Functions

Hours and minutes

Power reserve indicator on movement side

 

Strap

Hand-stitched black alligator leather

18K white gold pin buckle engraved with the Moser logo

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – VENTURER VANTABLACK® BLACK HANDS XL

Reference 2327-1213, steel model, Vantablack® dial, blackened hands, black alligator leather strap

 

Case

Steel

Diameter: 43.0 mm, Height: 11.9 mm

Curved sapphire crystal

See-through case back with sapphire crystal

Crown adorned with an “M”

 

Dial

Vantablack®

Blackened leaf-shaped hands

 

Movement

Hand-wound HMC 327 Manufacture calibre

Diameter: 32.0 mm or 14 ¼ lignes/height: 4.5 mm

Frequency: 18,000 Vib/h

29 jewels

Power reserve: minimum of 3 days
Hacking seconds

Moser teeth for all wheels and pinions

Movement and components hand-finished and decorated

Moser balance and original Straumann®  Hairspring

 

Functions

Hours and minutes

Power reserve indicator on movement side

 

Strap

Hand-stitched black alligator leather

Steel pin buckle, engraved with the Moser logo

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – ENDEAVOUR TOURBILLON VANTABLACK® BLACK HANDS

Reference 1804-1206, steel model with black DLC coating, Vantablack® dial, black hands, black alligator leather strap, limited edition of 50 pieces

 

Case

Black DLC-finished steel,

Diameter: 42 mm

Height: 11.6 mm

See-through case back with sapphire crystal

 

Dial

Vantablack®

Blackened leaf-shaped hour and minute hands

 

Movement

HMC 804 self-winding Manufacture calibre

Diameter: 32.0 mm or 14 1/4 lignes

Height: 5.5 mm

Frequency: 21,600 vibrations/hour

Automatic bi-directional pawl winding system

Oscillating weight in 18-carat red gold with engraved H. Moser & Cie. logo

Power reserve: minimum of 3 days

Original double hairspring

One-minute flying tourbillon at 6 o'clock with skeletonised bridges coated in black PVD

Tourbillon cage, cage wheel, balance bridge and escapement bridge made from aluminium, a material taken from the aeronautical industry

 

Functions 

Hours and minutes

 

Strap

Hand-stitched black alligator leather

Steel folding buckle with black DLC coating, engraved with the Moser logo

REFERENCES & PHOTOS

Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack® Black Hands, ref. 1804-1206, steel model with black DLC coating, Vantablack® dial, blackened hands, black alligator leather strap, limited edition of 50 pieces

 

Venturer Vantablack® Black Hands, ref. 2327-0222, white gold model, and Venturer Vantablack® Black Hands XL, ref. 2327-1213, steel model, Vantablack® dial, blackened hands, black alligator leather strap