H. Moser & Cie celebrates Leap Day 2016 with a Funky Blue Pre-Basel Reveal

The perpetual calendar complication plays a big part of H. Moser & Cie’s history. It therefore makes perfect sense that the independent brand has chosen Leap Day 2016 or #MoserDay (as the brand calls it) to unveil its latest QP, the limited edition Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept Funky Blue. Expect to see it, and more, at BaselWorld 2016.

There's just no other perpetual calendar on the market with a dial as spartan as this.

There’s just no other perpetual calendar on the market with a dial as spartan as this.

Another big part of the brand’s DNA is minimalism, and as you can plainly see from the picture above, there’s precious little on this perpetual calendar’s dial. All you get are the hour, minute and month hands, and the always handy big date display. This leaves the wearer with an unobstructed view of that beautiful sky-blue fumé dial – the brand says its approach to this particular timepiece harkens back to the earliest days of watchmaking, where only the movement bore the name of the brand or the watchmaker.

As with the recent iterations of the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar, the smallest central hand (shaped like an arrow) is responsible for indicating the month. With the previous QP models, this hand pointed to one of the hour indexes, which doubled as month indicators (12 hour indexes for 12 months) – the one o’clock hour index indicates January. Each consecutive index serves as an indication for the next month on the calendar – it’s an ingenious approach to keep the dial extremely clean.

If you aren't aware of H. Moser & Cie, you'll need to flip this piece over to find out who makes this watch - just like in the early days of watchmaking.

If you aren’t aware of H. Moser & Cie’s style, you’ll need to flip this piece over to find out who makes this watch – just like in the early days of watchmaking.

With this model, which is limited to just 10 pieces worldwide, there are no hour indexes, so you’ll have to use a bit of imagination to work out which index the arrow hand is pointing at. This might be a bug bear for those that want the month information at a glance but ask yourself this – how often do you forget what month it is? In actuality, it’s the date that most people will find themselves trying to work out on a day-to-day basis, and for that there’s the highly legible big date window.

Putting the functionality and the logic above aside, the real reason to desire this watch is because it is quite unique. While H. Moser & Cie did something similar back in December 2015 with the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept, this new Funky Blue concept represents the brand’s most minimalist dial effort yet. The perpetual calendar that the brand released in December had a power reserve indicator on the dial, in addition to the other features that this current reference has.

The sky-blue dial pairs incredibly well with the superb kudu leather strap.

The sky-blue dial pairs incredibly well with the superb kudu leather strap.

If you’re a fan of the brand or if you’re already one of the brand’s lucky collectors, the other reason the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept Funky Blue (ref. 1341-1200) will appeal is because it features a steel case. To put it simply, the brand has never ever produced a watch with a steel case.

Within the steel case, you’ll find the familiar in-house manufactured hand-wound calibre HMC 341. As before, the leap year indicator is located on the well finished movement – H. Moser & Cie reasons that you only need leap year information once in a way (they take minimalism very seriously). The movement offers a power reserve of approximately seven days, and is as flexible and robust as ever, and H. Moser & Cie even proves it with the video below.

The calibre HMC 341 is incredibly flexible - you can adjust the month forward/backward without fear of damaging it.

The calibre HMC 341 is incredibly flexible – you can adjust the month forward/backward without fear of damaging it.

(WARNING: Do NOT attempt what is illustrated in the video with your own perpetual calendar watch unless you are 101 percent sure the movement can take it – most cannot and will be damaged.)

Moser & Cie is currently running a nifty competition (#MoserDay) in relation to its perpetual calendar watches. To learn more about how you can participate, visit their Facebook or Instagram accounts.

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