Editor’s note: Like you, we are also excited for the Watches & Wonders 2022 novelties. Before we get to dive deep into them, here’s our preview & Gut Reaction Review (Grr…) of the new Moser Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton. For our detailed hands-on reviews, please head to our dedicated reviews section here. This is NOT a sponsored post.
The New Moser Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton In A Nutshell
My first reaction to the new Moser Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton was to quietly in my mind applaud the brand. H. Moser & Cie has a long history for releasing innovative timepieces, that on one hand are embedded in the centuries old DNA of watchmaking, yet on the other, are not just contemporary but often even ahead of their times. Often risqué, but hardly failing. The New Moser Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton is yet another example of this, where H. Moser & Cie takes their venture into flying tourbillon territory — remember those gorgeous horological machines that developed last year as a result of the partnership between MB&F and H. Moser & Cie — into full frontal throttle mode, baring all for the worlds to witness. The glory of the watchmaking skills, yet concealing a little part at 12’o clock to make sure connoisseurs identify it is indeed a H. Moser & Cie fume dialled watch.
Skeletonized dials may be your jam or not, tourbillons maybe worthy of your appreciation or not, fume dials may be your cup of tea or not, but there is absolutely no denying that the new Moser Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton ref. 3811-1200 raises the bar and is truly a horological beast of a different kind.
Basic Specs Of The New Moser Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton
The new Moser Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton features a 120m water-resistant 42.8mm diameter and 15.3mm thick — 11.7mm without the crystal — stainless steel case with a domed sapphire crystal, a see-through case back, and a screw-in crown adorned with an engraved “M”.
Inside this sculptural three-dimensional case ticks the self-winding, three-dimensional Manufacture calibre HMC 811. This 34mm diameter and 5.5mm thick (without hands or tourbillon) movement comprises 171 components and 28 jewels, beats at the frequency of 21,600 Vph, provides a very decent 74-hour power reserve, and features a cylindrical hairspring with 2 Breguet curves, an automatic bi-directional pawl winding system along with a fully skeletonised gold oscillating weight and main plate and bridges with anthracite PVD finish.
Retailing for 79’000 CHF this non-limited edition was announced on 29 January 2022 as part of the Watches & Wonders 2022 March 30 to April 5 (both online and at the Salon).
It’s for those who would like to add something novel from the brand.
“Three-dimensional power. This is what will strike you when first seeing the Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton from H. Moser & Cie. With this skeleton model, the Schaffhausen-based Manufacture has taken a new approach to its cylindrical tourbillon movement, which applies the principles of H. Moser & Cie.’s expertise in this area”.Press release
Parting Thoughts On The New Moser Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton
The most striking feature about the new Moser Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton is the watch’s ability to present something new for the brand courtesy a skeletonised dial (with a flying tourbillon), yet at the same time ensuring it retains its signature with the Funky Blue fumé domed sub-dial with sunburst pattern present at 12’o clock.
The new Moser Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton is a work of art in its own right, and I particularly love the fairly raised and lumed — Globolight® — appliqué markers and hour and minute hands on the 12’o clock sub-dial. There is something enchanting about their appearance when the lights go dim. An equal amount of my affection goes to the lug design, that with its grooves, indentations and subtle curves sets the pulse revving. Once you have marvelled at these, it is only then you come to the real star of the show, the skeletonised movement showcasing the flying tourbillon with pride.
To find out more about the new Moser Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton and their other watches, please head to their website here. All images unless otherwise stated are courtesy are ©MOSER SCHAFFHAUSEN AG. All Rights Reserved. Make sure to check out our reviews of other Watches & Wonders 2022 novelties here.