H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue
The H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue is the latest iteration of the GPHG prize-winning watch. Once again, the Swiss firm has successfully played with blue hues to create a new, wholly different look.
In 2005, the firm H. Moser & Cie was re-established by Heinrich Moser’s great-grandson, Roger Nicholas Balsiger, along with Dr Jurgen Lange and Thomas Straumann. Under the stewardship of the three men, the revived company produced high quality and notably elegant timepieces. However, these watches looked a tad conservative, potentially appealing to a small, ageing audience.
Seven years later, in 2012, the firm was acquired by the Meylan family. It was not long before they reviewed each aspect of the business, in particular the products. In 2015, the brand released a version of its Endeavour Perpetual Calendar with a Funky Blue fumé dial paired with an informal kudu strap. By making a few subtle changes, the watch suddenly appealed to a much larger, and dare I say, younger audience.
In recent years, the Maison has unveiled a plethora of new models, encompassing a myriad of styles, colours and complications. However, all of these creations uphold H. Moser & Cie’s reputation for irreproachable quality.
Earlier this year, the brand from Schaffhausen unveiled the H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic endowed with an anthracite dial. The movement was developed by the specialist firm, Agenhor. Its cushion-shaped case bestowed an appearance quite different from any of the brand’s other models. Last week, the watch was awarded the ‘Chronograph Watch Prize’ at the GPHG, Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, providing independent recognition of the model’s excellence.
Today, the Swiss luxury marque has unveiled a new version of the award-winning watch, the H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue. By adopting a similar dial hue to the 2015 model, the character of the watch has been changed, a strategy this creative brand has successfully applied before.
Price: £35,000 including VAT (RRP as at 16.11.2020)
The brand’s press release (November 2020)
In Haute Horlogerie, it is the details which make all the difference. With the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue, H. Moser & Cie. has created a piece which brings together harmonious proportions, fluid forms and high-end finishes, all presided over by this colour which has become an iconic part of the H. Moser & Cie. palette: Funky Blue. As with all models in the Streamliner collection, this chronograph has perfectly rounded curves, evoking the very first high-speed trains from the Twenties and Thirties whose name it adopts.
A shaped watch with a steel cushion case and a generous diameter of 42.3 mm, the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue is water-resistant to 12 ATM in both passive and dynamic modes. Its off-centre crown, adorned with an “M”, is positioned at 4 o’clock. It balances the two push-buttons located at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock. Designed as a truly sculptural piece, this case boasts harmonious proportions and beautiful aerodynamics. It is topped by a subtly domed Glassbox type sapphire crystal, echoed by the see-through case- back. These curves extend to the integrated steel bracelet, which is elegantly arced to follow the line of the wrist; the unique design of the links ensures that it sits perfectly on even the most slender of wrists. Highly complex in construction, this bracelet has extremely fluid lines, based on organic forms. All the links are articulated and feature a gentle wave combining a vertical brushed finish with polished surfaces. The bezel has a sunray brushed finish; the case has alternating brushed and polished surfaces, with hollowed and satin-finished forms on the sides, in a nod to the traditional unusual shapes typical of Moser cases.
Around the edge of the Funky Blue dial, the red and white outer track measures the seconds while the inner track counts the minutes. At midday, the 60 numeral dominates the dial, harking back to the stopwatches of the Sixties and Seventies, when legibility and functionality were key. Of course, for a chronograph, accuracy is everything: this is ensured by the choice of hands to measure the elapsed time, which have a thicker base and a fine tip, like those found on counters in cars or measuring instruments. With legibility always at the forefront, H. Moser & Cie. has opted for a red seconds hand, while the minute hand is rhodium-plated. The manufacture has chosen three-dimensional curved hands to indicate the hours and minutes, formed of two sections and featuring inserts made from Globolight®, an innovative ceramic-based material which contains Super-LumiNova®.
As for the movement, the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue is equipped with the calibre developed by AGENHOR, with support from the teams at H. Moser & Cie. The design of this movement is extremely complex, yet focussed on simplicity, legibility, and minimalism, whilst showcasing its practical and ergonomic side with a central display. The first automatic chronograph with a central display equipped with a flyback function on the minutes and seconds, the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue offers more accurate time reading, with an emphasis on understatement. In the centre of the movement, the most discerning eyes will spot a cam sculpted into the shape of a figurine with pointed ears, recalling a certain cartoon legend and star of superhero films. This secret, aimed at those in the know, demonstrates that there is room for a little humour even in the world of traditional watchmaking.
H. Moser & Cie.’s own and unique take on Haute Horlogerie.