The new Streamliner Small Seconds Blue Enamel (Ref. 6500-1200) by Moser & Cie. features reworked proportions. The timepiece now comes in a cushion shaped smaller case size of 39mm, whose design and curves are inspired by the first high-speed trains of the 20s and 30s, which also becomes the inspiration of its name. The freshly released reference not only features a smaller case but also a new calibre with smaller dimensions - the automatic calibre HMC 500.
Crafted in steel, the model is incorporated with a Grand Feu enamel dial, named as "Aqua Blue", reminiscing the brand’s signature fumé finish; the unique dial making process starts with hammering an engrained pattern onto a gold base to give three different colour pigments, which are washed, finely crushed, and then applied to create the desired ombré effect; the "Grand Feu" enamel dial is then fired twelve times to get the fumé effect.
Further, the no-logo dial has the steel hour markers and three-dimensional hands crafted with Globolight®️, a ceramic based material with SuperLumiNova®️. At 6 o’clock, one can see the lacquered small seconds counter with a circular pattern. On the caseback is the in house manufactured partially skeletonised new calibre HMC 500, which is also the smallest movement H. Moser & Cie. has developed in the 21st century and features open bridges with the brand’s traditional stripes decoration and an anthracite grey coating. There is a platinum micro rotor engraved with the brand’s hallmark.
"Our starting objective was to have a movement that was slim yet high performance. We then spent a great deal of time working to optimise the dimensions, which is why we decided to integrate a micro-rotor for the first time in our history. Made from solid platinum, this micro-rotor is mounted on a ball bearing, equipped with a bi-directional pawl winding system, and offers sufficient barrel torque to provide a power reserve of 74 hours. We have had to develop new smaller, slimmer components and mechanisms which could then be integrated into the available volume. The escapement was also miniaturised, whilst ensuring its performance remained unchanged, a technical feat made possible thanks to the expertise of our sister company, Precision Engineering AG. Because of the volume, the torque and the winding system, this was no easy task, but the result is a movement which will serve as a base for our small cases, and will enable us to introduce new complications, by combining it with modules developed in-house or in collaboration with our partner Agenhor," says the CEO of H. Moser & Cie, Edouard Meylan.
Complementing the watch is an integrated steel bracelet with meticulously crafted fluid structural lines and folding clasp with three steel blades, engraved with the Moser logo. The timepiece has a power reserve of about 74 hours and is water resistant up to 120 metres.
The timepiece is priced at Rs. 28,03,000 (approx.)
Images courtesy: H. Moser & Cie