Complex and Minimalist at the Same Time

Among fans of luxury watches, there are all kinds of subgroups.  Obviously, there are always going to be people who like their watches as complicated and as complicated-looking as possible.

Others admire elegant simplicity, and there’s something to be said for a watch that conveys simplicity.  Movado has gone that route for decades, though they’ve recently started to introduce some more elaborate-looking models.

h moser & cieYou have to hand it to H. Moser & Cie, however, for coming up with a watch that simultaneously manages to convey complexity and simplicity.  That’s hard to pull off, but they’ve done it with their new, limited, and very expensive Endeavor Tourbillon Concept.

This gorgeous watch offers what is very close to the ultimate in simplicity, as it offers a nearly-blank watch face completely lacking in hour markers.  There’s no second hand, either, and no date complication, day of the week, moonphase, chronograph or minute repeater.

No, this is a very simple, time-only watch…with a flying tourbillon at the 6 o’clock position.

h moser & cie Endeavor Tourbillon ConceptThe tourbillon and the hands themselves are the only things on the face of this watch that take away from the otherwise empty space.

All of this is housed in an 18k white gold case with sapphire crystal.  Inside is a in-house-designed 804 calibre automatic movement.  The watch includes a 72 hour power reserve.

The tourbillon is rather remarkable, as it has two hairsprings, which expand and contract in opposition to one another.  This is thought to make the watch more accurate, though accuracy in timekeeping is rarely the primary appeal of owning a tourbillon.  It’s more of the “I’ve got one and you don’t” sort of appeal.

The tourbillon in this particular watch is also modular in design, making it easy to remove (and replace, if necessary.)  That should save a little bit of money when it comes to those annoying, twice-a-decade returns to the factory for service, though if you’re worried about the cost of that, you’re likely not going to be in the market to buy the Endeavor Tourbillon Concept, anyway.

Sticker price for this absolutely stunning watch is some $69,000.

H. Moser & Cie is a Swiss company htat has been making watches since 1828.  The company originally sold movements, but eventually moved into making timepieces under their own name.

The company languished for quite some time, but made a comback starting in 2005 when Heinrich Moser’s great-grandson, Roger Balsiger brought the company into the 21st century with their cutting-edge, handcrafted timepieces.

At the moment, the company’s Website only shows 14 different models, but they’re all quite attractive (and all fairly expensive.)

As with most luxury watch brands, the watches of H. Moser & Cie are sold only through a limited number of authorized retailers.  In the United States, for example, there are only six such retailers, so unless you live on either coast or in Chicago, you’re going to have to travel a bit to try on one of their watches.

We suspect that it’s worth the effort.

Anyway, we look forward to seeing what else this interesting company might have to offer in future models, as they seem to know how to make an attractive watch.