ENDEAVOUR FLYING HOURS: A NEW DEVELOPMENT AND A NOVEL APPROACH FOR H. MOSER & CIE.
H. Moser & Cie. knows that to innovate, you have to challenge yourself. For the first time in its history, the Schaffhausen-based Manufacture has revisited its time display methods to create a new, disc-based system. The mechanism is inspired by the planetary systems that led to the birth of modern, independent watchmaking. Adopting a technical approach that respects the elegant, understated style of H. Moser & Cie., the result is an exceptionally refined time measuring instrument. The Endeavour Flying Hours represents a major step for the Schaffhausen-based Manufacture. This remarkable modular development is based on its automatic HMC 200 calibre, which has been modified to create the C806 movement.
The signature H. Moser & Cie. Funky Blue dial features several planetary gears mounted on star wheels: in the centre, the main disc in sapphire displays the minutes on a 240° sector; three smaller discs bearing the hour numerals are arranged around it. Each planetary gear rotates on its own axis, revealing the hour in a display inspired by the original planetary systems. The wide display angle of 240° gives the Endeavour Flying Hours highly accurate legibility. The hour discs, which are so well integrated as to be almost invisible, blend into the main dial, ensuring the aesthetic stays true to H. Moser & Cie.’s signature minimalist style. To enhance the mechanism’s legibility, the current hour numeral appears in white, following the minute disc as it completes a revolution before disappearing to be replaced by the next hour. A hypnotic ballet that captivates the eye.
This piece marks a significant technological milestone in the history of H. Moser & Cie. The automatic C806 calibre that powers the Endeavour Flying Hours was developed and produced jointly by HAUTLENCE and H. Moser & Cie., and is based on the HMC 200 calibre from H. Moser & Cie. With a minimum power reserve of three days, the C806 movement is equipped with a bi-directional winding system powered by an oscillating weight in solid red gold. The escapement and hairspring are produced in-house by Precision Engineering AG, a sister company of H. Moser & Cie. and HAUTLENCE. This fruitful collaboration has enabled multiple synergies to be created within the independent Swiss family group MELB Holding, which owns H. Moser & Cie., HAUTLENCE and Precision Engineering AG.
For the strap of the Endeavour Flying Hours, H. Moser & Cie. has opted for beige kudu leather with a raw finish to add an unconventional touch to this highly refined and timelessly elegant model, which is available in a limited edition of 60 pieces.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – ENDEAVOUR FLYING HOURS
Reference 1806-0200, white gold model, Funky Blue dial equipped with 3 discs for the hours and a central sapphire disc for the minutes, beige kudu leather strap, limited edition of 60 pieces
Solid 18-carat white gold
Diameter: 42.0 mm, height: 12.3 mm
See-through sapphire crystal case-back
Screw-in crown adorned with an “M”
Funky Blue with sunburst pattern
1 central disc in sapphire for the minutes
3 openworked discs in Funky Blue for the hours
Automatic C806 Manufacture calibre developed by HAUTLENCE and H. Moser & Cie.
Oscillating weight made from solid 18-carat red gold
Diameter: 32.0 mm
Height: 6.5 mm
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h
Power reserve: minimum 72 hours
Automatic bi-directional winding system
Original Straumann Hairspring® with flat overcoil
Planetary display of hours and minutes
Beige kudu leather
18-carat solid white gold pin buckle, engraved with the Moser logo
Endeavour Flying Hours, reference 1806-0200, 18-carat white gold model, Funky Blue dial equipped with 3 discs for the hours and a central sapphire disc for the minutes, beige kudu leather strap, limited edition of 60 pieces
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More about H. MOSER & CIE.
H. Moser & Cie. was created by Heinrich Moser in 1828. Based in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, it currently employs 55 people, has eight of its own calibres and produces 1,200 watches per annum. H. Moser & Cie. manufactures parts such as regulating organs and balance-springs, which are used for its own production as well as to supply its partner companies. H. Moser & Cie. is honoured to have a Moser family member with the company as Honorary Chairman and President of the Heinrich and Henri Moser Foundation. The aim of the Moser Foundation, created by one of Heinrich Moser’s descendants, is to keep the family history alive and seek out antique pieces for the Moser Museum, located in Charlottenfels Manor, Heinrich Moser’s family home. With its substantial watchmaking expertise and highly acclaimed experience in the sector, MELB Holding holds shares in H. Moser & Cie. and Hautlence. MELB Holding is an independent family group, based in the heart of the legendary Vallée de Joux.