The slick & sexy watch of the future, the new watch release H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic

The slick & sexy watch of the future, the new watch release H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic

The new 2020 watch release H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic — that has been five years in the making — is the most futuristic looking integrated steel bracelet watch in the market today.

Visually striking, it features the brand’s distinctive minimalist design codes and is bound to appeal to any serious watch collector or pursuer of Haute Horlogerie

The Context

“We started with the bracelet, comfortable, elegant and different. We then designed this model around the chronograph function, as this was what we really wanted to highlight. The Streamliner is a chronograph which displays the time rather than a watch which features a chronograph. We preferred understatement, ergonomics, and legibility, opting for a central display with no sub dial: perfectly matching our minimalist philosophy. We took the very essence of the chronograph, and raised it to the next level”. 

Edouard Meylan, CEO of H. Moser & Cie

Fun-fact: The watch is named Streamliner after the first high-speed trains from the Twenties and Thirties whose rounded and aerodynamic curves the watch evokes.

The movement of the Reference 6902-1200

The heart used, calibre HMC 902 developed with AGENHOR — the latter is a family owned movement manufacturer in Geneva — is a self-winding mechanical movement beating at the frequency of 3Hz (21’600 A/h). 

The movement is encased inside a 42.3mm diameter and 14.20mm thick steel case. It comprises of 434 components, 55 jewels and boasts of a decent 54 hours power reserve. 

To get into more detail, it is a bi-directional winding movement with a tungsten oscillating weight that is placed between the movement and the dial. Featuring a column wheel chronograph with a two-stage chronograph mechanism, the movement works with the help of a horizontal clutch, a friction wheel and a smooth wheel.

The latter is equipped with micro-teeth to avoid intermeshing of gears and to minimise accidental jumps when the chronograph is activated. The movement also features a tulip yoke allowing the chronograph to be triggered or released.

Fun-fact: The Streamliner is the first automatic chronograph with a central display to feature a flyback function for the minutes and seconds. 

The Dial 

The watch face shows the traditional functions of hours and minutes, along with  a chronograph with central display and indication of the elapsed minutes and seconds. The watch also features a flyback feature on the minutes and seconds.

Besides the integrated bracelet, this blackor fumé and griffé dial — in reality it is a new anthracite shade of grey — is another standout feature of this watch. 

Complementing the dial are the rhodium plated hour and minute hands with Globolight® inserts: an innovative ceramic-based material which contains Super-LumiNova® that provides for exceptional legibility. 

Around the circumference are two white and red minute tracks, the outer one measuring the seconds and the inner one counting the minutes. 

The dial also features a tachymeter on the flange. The dial is covered by a gently domed sapphire crystal. 

Other Features 

1. Chronograph push-buttons at 10 and 2’o clock.

Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic
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2. Screw-in crown at 4 o’clock, engraved with an “M”.

Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic
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3. See-through case back, engraved “Limited 100PCS”.

4. Dynamic water resistance to 12 ATM (allowing the chronograph and flyback function to be used underwater).

5. At 12’o clock, the ’60’ numeral dominates the dial, harking back to the stopwatches of the Sixties and Seventies.

5. There is a fair amount of interplay of textures: the bezel has a sun-ray brushed finish; the case has alternating brushed and polished surfaces, with hollowed and satin-finished forms on the sides.

6. The red chronograph hand and the curved tips of all hands — hands have thicker bases and finer tips — helps bring a sense of depth and 3D effect to the dial.

The Bracelet

To complete this futuristic look, the watch comes on an integrated steel bracelet featuring a folding clasp with three steel blades, engraved with the Moser logo. 

It is elegantly curved to follow the shape of the wrist and the design of the links ensures that it sits perfectly on even the most slender of wrists. All the links are articulated and feature a gentle wave combining a vertical brushed finish with polished surfaces.

Just looking at the bracelet reminds me of the Predator movies, there is just something so slick, so slender, so reptile like quality, and so sexy about it that it’s hard to take my eyes off it. 

Watch Ya Gonna Do About It?

The new 2020 watch release H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic is a stunning tool cum sports watch. 

Given that the watches are limited edition (only being produced in 100 pieces), they are something that should sell out real fast, and if you reckon this is the right option for you, you shouldn’t wait.

In terms of an integrated steel bracelet watch option in the market today, this one ranks right at the top. Sure there are APs that seem to rule this category, but this one is truly unique.

The watch is a daily wearable watch size coming in at 42.3×14.2mm, though it will not fit comfortably under the cuff. But given its sexy look, it probably doesn’t need to be caged inside a shirt sleeve anyway. And given its amazing 120m (12 ATM) water resistance combined with the all steel body, the watch can theoretically be worn through life without worrying about little hiccups. 

Architecturally the watch has it all: fluid lines, geometric curves, dynamic forms, a wonderful play of contrasts and textures. Visually, the dial is clean, uncluttered and the light creates magic on the grey fumé and griffé dial.

In a nutshell, flaunt it with a passion.

For more information on this watch and other H. Moser & Cie watches, head to their website here.