Moser & Cie is a brand that few people know of, and even fewer would find, let alone afford. The brand is everything that luxury should be: it is rare and expensive. It has a long and eventful history, with its inception dating all the way back to 1805 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Today, it is recognized as one of the finest Swiss watch brands, and its watches are anything but ancient.
It is important to note that H. Moser & Cie had actually ceased production in the 1980s, and only recently came back by unveiling its first watch under new management in 2005. The brand boasts some of the most stylish and expensive watches in the market. To get a clear perspective of this, take a look at the top five Moser & Cie watches of all time.
The Endeavor Perpetual
Black edition featured here
The H. Moser & Cie Endeavor Perpetual was the brand’s first watch after its revival in 2005. It took the market by surprise with a timeless design, which saw it rank among the brand’s top five watches to date. This watch is enclosed by a 40.8mm casing, which is made of platinum that feels sleek and compact on the wrist. However, everything else is simple but incredibly detailed. To start with, the H. Moser & Cie Endeavor Perpetual is a perpetual calendar.
The large date window on the 3 o’clock position is obvious, but that’s not all that makes the calendar. In addition to the time hands, the watch features a short arm at the very bottom of the dial that points to the hour markers to mark the date, telling both month and day. Incredibly, it also tells the leap year through a small star located at the movement side of the watch. For style and design, the watch is relatively plain with a pitch black dial and silver platinum body.
However, it is this simplicity and detail that gives the watch its appeal and elegance. This watch goes for $70,000, but there are rose-gold versions priced from $60,000 to $110,000.
The Endeavor Small Seconds
The H. Moser & Cie Endeavor Small Seconds is a classic in every aspect, from looks to movement and make. It was once called the Mayu Small Seconds, but its outstanding appeal saw it get renamed and placed in the brand’s most successful line. This watch features a warm red gold case that is polished in the front and the back but brushed at the sides to give it a sleek and textured feel. This contrast in feel is matched by a divergent appearance as the dial is a bold blue fume that blends beautifully with the gold casing.
What’s more, the dial features a simple layout with off-center seconds that give it a classic appearance. All of this is complemented by brown alligator straps that snuggle comfortably on the wrist. The H. Moser & Cie Endeavor Small Seconds is almost ultra-flat as it measures only 9.3mm in height and 38.8mm diameter. It goes for $41,200, but prices vary depending on the materials used as the brand does take custom orders.
The Perpetual Moon
The H. Moser & Cie Perpetual Moon has that mystique and complication associated with moon phase watches. It also has that luxurious and elegant look normally associated with H. Moser & Cie watches, a combination that places it among the most sought after watches in the market. The watch’s casing comes in either gold or platinum, and the choice determines the price. It measures 40.8mm in diameter, which makes it easy to wear and conceal.
Additionally, it features sapphire crystals in the front and the back, and this gives it an exotic look that is not common with many moon phase watches. Coupled with the alligator leather straps, the watch is truly classic and elegant both to the eye and the touch. The moon phase component of the H. Moser & Cie Perpetual moon is truly astounding. The moon phase complication on this watch does not need to be adjusted for almost 1,030 years thanks to a complex series of gears that ensure precision.
What’s more, the indicator has eight markers that indicate each moon phase and make it easier to read. The H. Moser & Cie perpetual Moon has a price tag of $22,000, but the price varies depending on the casing material.
The Venturer Small Seconds
The H. Moser & Cie Venturer Small Seconds gives off a vintage look and feel, and is one of the most elegant of the brand’s watches. It measures 39.2mm in diameter and 12.5mm in height, but its bezel is slim and less pronounced, making the dial easily notable. However, while the dial is very appealing, it is the sapphire that brings out the beauty in the watch. The sapphire is domed and is not treated with anti- reflective coating, and this gives it a vintage look and feel from any angle.
The dial comes in three colors: grey, silver, and rose gold. Like most other H. Moser & Cie watches, it is plain but elegant thanks to the hidden details. For instance, the minutes hand features a slight curvature that blend in beautifully with the domed sapphire and convex dial to give the watch a classic and elegant appearance. The H. Moser & Cie Venturer Small Seconds is fairly priced for a watch of its category as it goes for $19,500.
The Monard Centre Seconds
Special Edition pictured here
The H. Moser & Cie Monard Centre Seconds has little décor if any, but it is the quality of its make, coupled with its elegant simplicity, that places it firmly among the best luxury watches in the market today. It is plain and simple, but its sleek appearance gives it an elegant and captivating feel that brings out its beauty. The case measures 40.8mm in diameter, making it easily concealable under the sleeves.
It is made of 18- carat white gold which feels sleek to the touch, but the area below the crown is brushed to add a textured feel. The straps are made of black alligator skin, and they are touch for security yet soft for comfort. Although the dial is simple, it is the first thing you will note about the watch. Its highlight lies in the judiciously employed diamonds that sparkle even in dim light, giving this watch their spotlight it deserves.
The hour hands, too, have something to hide. They appear to be swallow-shaped at first glance, but they feature a three-dimensional form. Coupled with a black dial, the flair in this watch is every bit noticeable. The H. Moser & Cie Monard Centre Seconds is fairly priced for a watch of its category, with a price tag starting from $10,900.
Written by Garrett Parker
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