Endeavour Small Seconds Bryan Ferry Edition Review
H. Moser & Cie. watches are remarkable for their pure, understated styling and uncluttered dial arrangements. Yet, within each perfectly sized and delicately rounded H. Moser watchcase, beats a complex in-house movement which bears a supreme testimony to the company’s watchmaking prowess.
A unique collaboration has given provenance to the exclusive limited edition H. Moser Endeavour Small Seconds Bryan Ferry Edition wristwatch, marking a new chapter in the H. Moser story.
Enthusiasts of music will already know Bryan Ferry as frontman of the rock band, Roxy Music. Certainly, H. Moser could not have hoped for the involvement of a more stylish individual in the design of this new timepiece. However, as is often the case with successful partnerships, this one was engendered by an already mutual respect between the two. There is no doubt that as a former student of the Fine Arts, as well as an aficionado of watchmaking, Mr. Ferry also brought something very special to the alliance.
The historical references used in the styling of this piece are immediately apparent. This model is directly inspired by the elegant pocketwatches once created by Heinrich Moser, the company’s founder, and the vintage design cues which it employs are still relevant today.
The dial, which is lacquered white, and matte finished, provides a pristine backdrop for the indications. For this model, sculpted Arabic numerals replace the brand’s synonymous slender baton indices.
The traditional minute track at the edge of the dial, and the diminutive railtrack which rims the small seconds subdial, are pure, classical features. The shapely hands, which have been meticulously blued by hand, add to the refinement, and they serve to emphasise the historical origins of this admirable watch face.
As a subtle, but significant tribute to the man who inspired this piece, H. Moser have replaced the words “Swiss Made” with “Bryan Ferry” on the lower dial.
Inside the 38.8mm rose gold case, the hand-wound in-house HMC 321 calibre retains a power reserve of a minimum of 3 days.
A glimpse through the sapphire caseback, reveals the meticulous hand finishing of the movement which also incorporates a hacking seconds mechanism, and an original Straumann Hairspring® with stabilised Breguet overcoil. The movement-side placement of the power reserve indication ensures that the dial remains beautifully clutter-free.
Although they are one of the industry’s smaller brands, H. Moser are at the forefront of innovation. This calibre boasts the company’s own patented interchangeable escapement, which enables a quick turnaround at service times.
The H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Small Seconds Bryan Ferry Edition watch comes presented on a hand-stitched, hand-finished brown calfskin leather strap with a solid rose gold pin buckle, engraved with the Moser logo. The piece will be strictly limited to 100 pieces.
The combination of traditional watchmaking techniques, together with modern innovation and supreme craftsmanship makes this model an exceptional proposition. The added provenance of the fine and dapper Mr. Bryan Ferry is but a bonus.