H. Moser & Cie has just released its most recent masterpiece in time for the Geneva Watch Days 2021. The Streamliner Perpetual Calendar is the third variant in the Streamliner collection. This may be the brand’s most impressive take on the Streamliner, which is also the breakout watch family of H. Moser & Cie. It’s a piece that merits a closer look and inspection to fully appreciate the finer details and overall worth. It might not be one of the most expensive watches of all time, but it is nice.
The H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Perpetual Calendar at a glance
A Blog To Watch points out that the H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Perpetual Calendar is a recent release for Geneva Watch Days 2021. It’s the blending of the brand’s most significant complication with its most prolific collection. The brand has gained an edge in the market with a timepiece that features stainless steel in a perpetual calendar watch with an integrated bracelet, which is not that common. Most comparable watches from high-end brands such as Patek Philippe’s Nautilus Perpetual calendars and Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oaks selling for figures that reach somewhat exorbitant heights. There is plenty of room in the current market for such a timepiece at a more affordable price. Throw in the fact that it also has decent resistance to water and you’ve got the entire package for aficionados.
At first glance, we love the integrated bracelet that carries the eyes easily from the magnificence and sophistication of the dial, across the gestalt of the timepiece. It’s easy on the eyes and begs for a closer inspection. The matte black gradient fume catches every shaft of light for a magnificent play of the elements. The background of the face is the perfect background for the white stick-style hour markers and other indices in white with red accents. They stand out nicely with a high level of legibility. Additionally, the sword-shaped hands are stylish in a subtle grey color with white luminous filling in the centers that jump out quickly. Even the seconds’ hand features the same treatment yet in a slimmer form. Everything seems neatly ordered down to the scripted branding across the upper portion of the dial beneath the 12:00 position. The date window features a darker black background with white print for a hint of texturing and variance that makes it easy to notice without effort. It’s the simplicity with a hint of complication that makes this dial so intriguing.
Monochrome elaborates on the specifications and finer details of the Streamliner Perpetual Calendar. It’s streamlined with a minimalist effect, yet sporty, thanks to the use of subtle hues and the splash of red accenting. We see the chronograph appearing in a peripheral display that does not interfere with the magic of the dial. The design team decided that less would be more and they were spot on in their assessment.
A special take on Lume
It’s worth pointing out that H. Moser & Cie has developed a unique approach to their application of Lume. They’ve registered the intellectual property of the Globolight inserts with a trademark. It’s a brand innovation that uses a ceramic-type material that is infused with Super Luminova. It’s a brilliantly different twist that delivers the solid message that the brand is intent on innovation and maintaining a difference by paying attention to the finer details of the watch. The lumed inserts provide a higher readability degree during situations where the lighting is low. A slight curvature of the hands enhances their legibility.
Hypebeast points out that this timepiece is built into the Streamliner case which measures 42.3 mm in width with a depth of 11 mm not counting the crystal. Uniquely, the crown is set at the 4 o’clock position. The case, crown, and fixed style bezel are all made of stainless steel. Except for the ridged polished crown, they’re finished with a brushed finish that adds a subtle hint of texture. It adds to the understated qualities of this sophisticated and stylish wristwatch.
The H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Perpetual Calendar is powered by a caliber HMC 812 movement with an indicator for the 168-hour power reserve placed at the 10 o’clock position on the dial. It provides hours, minutes, seconds, date, and a perpetual calendar that tells the month via a central hand with a flash calendar feature that changes at midnight for its functions. A direct drive central seconds hand is incorporated into the movement. It is visible through an exhibition-style case back. When flipped over, the movement incorporates a direct-drive seconds hand with contemporary finishings. Moser has chosen to use the double horizontal strips with anthracite grey PVD coating on the balance bridges, barrel, escapement plate, and train wheels. The hairspring is in-house manufacture with a modular/interchangeable escapement. The movement beats at a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour.
Other notable features
Both front and back of the watch are protected with sapphire crystal lenses for scratch-resistance and an unobstructed view of the time in the front and the mechanical inner working s of the movement in the back. This watch is water-resistant to 120 meters. The bracelet is an integrated type made of stainless steel with a brushed finish.
Pricing and availability
The H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Perpetual Calendar watch is set for release at some point later in 2021. It will be offered at the price of $55,000. Although the brand has not yet provided information about the number of timepieces that will be produced, they did indicate that this will be a limited production run.
The H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Perpetual Calendar is the third masterpiece in the Streamliner collection. Perhaps one day it will rival watches from Rolex and Patek Philippe. The quality is comparable to some of the most elusive high-end perpetual calendars with similar water resistance, yet offered in a stainless steel case to keep the costs lower. It’ one of the more affordable timepieces in its class with a clear luxury distinction, yet a more palatable price that makes it available to a higher number of enthusiasts.