The latest creation H. Moser & Cie. introduced embodies technical complexity; it is elegant, poetic and unconditionally understated, more than worthy of the manufacture’s watchmaking tradition. With the Endeavour Perpetual Moon Concept Aventurine, H. Moser & Cie. lets you voyage deep into the Milky Way, bringing not just the moon to your wrist. Paying tribute to the lunar body, the interpretation of the moon phase it provides is minimalist yet highly poetic.
At six o’clock, a silvery moon waxes within a beautifully proportioned window. This satellite takes on a resolutely modern and reduced appearance. In this ode to purity, H. Moser & Cie. has opted for a Concept dial, stripped of indices and logo, to allow the moon complete freedom of expression. And, because the brand never does anything half-heartedly, it gives the wearer not only the moon but also the stars. To enhance the beauty of the moon, the watch is equipped with an aventurine dial, subtly twinkling with brilliant inclusions to spectacularly mirror the constellations of the night sky.
Let’s look at the movement: The Endeavour Perpetual Moon Concept Aventurine is one of the most precise moon phases available, with just one day’s deviation every 1027 years. It is powered by the HMC 801 hand-wound Manufacture calibre. It provides a power reserve of at least seven days, with an indicator on the movement side. The moon phase display system is an extremely precise display that can be set to within a minute. It can be easily adjusted using the push-button located on the case flank, aided by the small central arrow-shaped seconds hand, which is a 24-hour indicator.
The Endeavour Perpetual Moon Concept Aventurine is available in red gold or steel. Both materials magnify the beauty of the Aventurine dial. The cases have a diameter of 42 mm. An alligator leather strap completes the piece; black for the red gold model, midnight blue for the steel version. Each model is released in a limited edition of 50 pieces.
Hindenberg has accumulated an extensive collection and the watches of this manufacturer are usually offered in a whole variety of different versions. Among the most popular models in the current collection is the Hindenberg Air Tracer. It is one of the more classic models. Nevertheless, the watch presents itself intentionally masculine, so let’s take a closer look at it.
The dial of the Hindenberg Air Tracer features a very classic design. The subdial at three o’clock shows the month, the one at nine o’clock shows the day of the week. The current date is displayed in a very large window at six o’clock. The sub-dials, hands and indexes are in every version color-coordinated with the PVD-coating of the case. In order to ensure the best readability in all lightening conditions, Hindenberg has equipped the hour and minute as well as the tip of the seconds hand and the indexes with a generous amount of luminous paint. That the design of the hands, indexes and all the other markers is beautifully restrained also helps with legibility. And let’s don’t forget the inner tachymeter bezel which runs around the outer edge of the dial. All this is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The dial of of the Hindenberg Air Tracer is well-balanced and wonderfully harmonious. Unfortunately, the date disc are not matched to the respective dial colors, so that they stand out on the darker models. This may not be ideal, but we have to say that Hindenberg made the most of it by counter-balancing it by the use of white lume.
With a diameter of 41 mm and a weight of hefty 182 g, this watch likes to remind its wearer of its presence on the wrist. The cases with their elegantly integrated lugs are water-resistant to 5 atm. All Air Tracer watches are powered by an automatic movement, the calibre H-16.410.
Hindenberg offers six different versions of the Air Tracer. Two stainless steel models, one with a black, one with a white dial. One model with a black dial comes with a golden PVD-coating, the watch with the rosé PVD-coating is fitted with a bright dial. All models are equipped with a stainless steel bracelet in which polished and matt surfaces interchange.
Vacheron Constantin has introduced two new, minimalist women’s watches that combine a timeless elegance, a feminine silhouette and sparkling diamonds. The Patrimony is the ideal watch for women who are looking for an elegant, straightforward and technically demanding timepiece. The perfect form of the Patrimony self-winding is reserved, the appearance is understated, distinguished and aesthetically extremely appealing. Since 2004, the Patrimony line embodied timeless watchmaking, striking a perfect balance between classicism and modernity.
The Patrimony self-winding is available in two versions – with diameters of 36 and 36.5 mm. The pink gold cases are water-resistant up to 3 bar. This watch is either available in a simple pink gold version or with diamonds. In the latter, the beauty of 68 round-cut diamonds carefully aligned on the bezel; and the ultimate touch of a diamond-set crown with a diamond. A spark that gives even greater intensity to the midnight to the midnight blue shimmer of the sunburst satin-finish dial. The surface of the dial is subtly curved and punctuated by a pearl minute-track carved into the material. Sleek hour-markers, a date window at 6 o’clock, slender pink gold hours and minutes hands complemented by a slim seconds hand, delicately curved to follow the dainty outline of the dial.
Inside the Patrimony self-winding works the calibre 2450 Q6/2. This automatic movement provides a power reserve of at least 40 hours and operates at a frequency of 4 Hz. The movement and its beautifully openworked oscillating weight can be viewed through the sapphire crystal back. Precision and reliability is what first comes to mind when we think of the movements of Vacheron Constantin. And we, like a lot of watch enthusiasts, are especially excited, when manufacturers incorporate their powerful automatic calibres (and the mechanical ones, too!) into women’s watches. The main problem is, of course, that these movements are usually bigger and heavier than quartz movements; only with the latter, the smallest women’s watches can be realized.
The minimalism, which the Patrimony self-winding radiates, is paired with a dark blue alligator leather strap, which enhances the slim design additionally.