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Geneva Watch Days 2023 : Vantablack reappears in H. Moser & Cie.’s two new releases

Vantablack®, the darkest substance in the world, has been used in the dial of the timepieces
Vantablack is a material that H. Moser & Cie. enjoys working with. In the past it has appeared in the Venturer Vantablack Black Hands, Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack Black Hand, and the Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack. Vantablack® is the blackest man-made material, and is considered as the darkest substance in the world. ‘Vanta’ in the name stands for ‘Vertically Aligned NanoTube Array’, and it is made up of millions of carbon nanotubes, which absorbs 99.965% of the light and reflects almost no colour; this material was developed for astrophysics and is used in telescopes, and is used by the army to increase the stealth level of certain equipment. 


This material now appears in two new timepieces by H. Moser & Cie.—the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Vantablack® (Ref. 1804-0403) and Endeavour Centre Seconds Vantablack® (Ref. 1200-0411). Sharing some more similarities are the 40mm diameter, a crown with the letter ‘M’ signalling the brand, 5N red gold crafted case topped with a sapphire crystal, leaf-shaped hands, a 3 days of power reserve, an automatic bi-directional pawl winding system, and an oscillating weight engraved with the H. Moser logo. 
Keeping the timepiece minimalistic, the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Vantablack® features a dial with no hour markers. However, there is a one-minute flying tourbillon situated at 6 o’clock  with skeletonised bridges. Powering it is a self-winding HMC 804 calibre beating at 21,600 vibrations/hour. The strap is black matt alligator leather strap with 18-carat solid 5N red gold folding clasp, engraved with the Moser logo. 


The other model Endeavour Centre Seconds Vantablack® slightly differs, as its dial features red gold baton hour markers, and no tourbillon floating on the dial. Equipped with self-winding Manufacture calibre HMC 200 beating with the frequency of 21,600 Vib/h, the timepiece is completed with a hand-stitched grey kudu leather that features 18-carat solid 5N red gold pin buckle engraved with the Moser logo. 


Images Courtesy: Moser & Cie.
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