SWISS ALP WATCH Zzzz, A MECHANICAL WATCH IN STANDBY MODE
Neuhausen am Rheinfall, May 23rd, 2017
A watch with a rectangular case, with rounded corners, featuring a glossy black dial. At first glance, it could be mistaken for a smartwatch on standby. But look a little closer, and it reveals itself to be a living watch, with a heart and soul: the Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz from H. Moser & Cie. 100% mechanical. 100% Swiss. In this watch, the now iconic model features neither indices nor logo on its dial, proving that true luxury is unmistakable, and immediately identifiable, even without obvious marketing.
Looking like a smartwatch which is powered off or on standby, the Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz from H. Moser & Cie. cultivates this ambiguity in irreverent fashion. Behind its contemporary design lies a 100% mechanical watch. The black dial — stripped not just of any signature, but also of its indices — is strictly minimalist. On this model, there is no interface: the Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz is designed to display the time, something it does beautifully. Seemingly simple, it is anything but.
At the heart of the Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz, the HMC 324 form movement beats with the rhythm of the balance wheel's rotations. In response to the cold electronics of connected watches, H. Moser & Cie. presents the soul of mechanical watchmaking. With a minimum power reserve of 4 days, fully rechargeable by hand, it couldn't be further from the world of the smartwatch.
Alongside the model with a black dial, H. Moser & Cie. is releasing a variation at the opposite end of the scale, featuring the striking and radiant Funky Blue dial; an example of watchmaking yin and yang.
The Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz is available in a limited edition of 20 pieces of each of the two references.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – SWISS ALP WATCH Zzzz
Reference 5324-0207, white gold model, black dial, black alligator leather strap, limited edition of 20 pieces
Reference 5324-0208, white gold model, Funky Blue dial (sky-blue fumé), beige kudu leather strap, limited edition of 20 pieces
Solid 18 carat white gold
Dimensions: 38.2 x 44.0 mm / height: 10.3 mm
See-through sapphire crystal case-back
Crown adorned with an “M”
Engraved with "1 of 20"
Black or Funky Blue with sunburst pattern
Leaf-shaped hour and minute hands
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 4 days
Moser teeth for all wheels and pinions
Interchangeable Moser escapement
Original Straumann Hairspring® with stabilised Breguet overcoil
Gold escapement wheel and pallet fork
Movement and components hand-finished and decorated
Hours and minutes
Power reserve indicator on movement side
Hand-stitched black alligator or beige kudu leather
18-carat solid white gold pin buckle engraved with the Moser logo
REFERENCES & PHOTOS
Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz, reference 5324-0207, 18-carat white gold model, black dial, black alligator leather strap, limited edition of 20 pieces
Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz, reference 5324-0208, 18-carat white gold model, Funky Blue dial, beige kudu leather strap, limited edition of 20 pieces