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What is it: The Streamliner collection that first got its fangs back in 2020 with the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic. A few versions later including the GPHG 2020 winning Funky Blue ref. 6902-1201 and last year’s Streamliner Cylindrical Tourbillon Only Watch 2021, the collection powers on, slithering its way to now raise its head as the red gold version and equipped with the manufacture’s automatic calibre with flying tourbillon.
The H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack® features the automatic-winding Manufacture calibre HMC 804. This 32mm x 5.5mm movement comprises 28 jewels, beats at the lower frequency of 3Hz, offers an impressive 3-day power-reserve, and features double hairspring, a one-minute flying tourbillon at 6’o clock with skeletonised bridges and an oscillating weight in 18-carat red gold with engraved H. Moser & Cie logo.
Why: To continue the ascend of the H. Moser & Cie Streamliner collection to the pinnacle of integrated bracelet watch category.
When released: 24th August 2022
Where: Please check out their website here.
Who is it for: At CHF 109’000, it’s not an inexpensive timepiece. But considering it being not a limited edition, it’s for anyone who appreciates the ethos behind this independent watchmaker’s design ideology and wants to own the ultimate flex.
How does it do: I have always had a soft spot for the Streamliner collection. Sure the bracelet design reminds me of some of IWC/Porsche’s watches from back in the day, but as far as modern bracelets go, it is the best looking one I have seen on any watch. When it comes to H. Moser & Cie’s watches, it is the dials that usually do most of the talking. Turning things around, the bracelet design takes away a lot of attention from their dials, which given immersive quality of the dials, is an implosive feat in itself.
While we have seen the Vantablack® dial with tourbillon look before in the Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack® Black Hands reference 1804-1206, the all red gold aesthetic really elevates the appeal here and one gets a truly attention grabbing timepiece.
When I first saw this combination of red gold / brown and black in my inbox, I immediately had a visual connection to the eastern brown snake. Perhaps the connection was stronger courtesy my being Australian, but regardless, the red slithering body — formed by articulated links featuring a gentle wave combining a vertical brushed finish with polished surfaces — with a black head is very reminiscent of the intense black eyes of an eastern brown snake that menacingly peer from within a red-brown scaled body.
The H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack® is minimalist no doubt, but is also powerful. Think of it as a man of few words, but when he speaketh, each word is a statement in itself. And just like an eastern brown snake’s bite is one not to be played with, the new H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack® can stop the competition in its tracks; combine this power with a wearable 40mm diameter case, the use of red gold indices that are secured from the back of the dial using a plate to create an appearing or disappearing effect depending upon the angle and lighting, a 72-hour power reserve, 120m of water-resistance, the presence of a one-minute flying tourbillon, and the use of the Vantablack® dial as the base, and one can assuredly be aware that they are in the presence of something truly wondrous.
To find out more about the new H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack® and Moser timepieces, please head to their website here. All images unless otherwise stated are ©MOSER SCHAFFHAUSEN AG. All Rights Reserved.