Each watch fanatic inevitably reaches a degree of overload a few times of their horological journey, after they have a look at their watch field and really feel extra apathy than pleasure. A sense of “Do I really want this many watches?” And “Wouldn’t life be easier if I had just one…” Granted, that feeling normally passes and we get proper again to the all-encompassing insanity, but it surely’s a enjoyable thought train whereas it lasts. Watch manufacturers appear to know that we would like this, no less than in concept. There isn’t a scarcity of marketing-speak on the market, subtly hinting that THIS is the one, this watch can do all of it, come and play! And right now, this watch is the H. Moser & Cie. Pioneer Centre Seconds Swiss Mad Crimson.
H. Moser & Cie. is a model most of you might be aware of, well-known for his or her vibrant and good dials and irreverent sense of humour. And whereas the superb Streamliner has gotten extra consideration these days, the Pioneer line is Moser’s reply to the “One Watch Drawback.” However can it actually do all of it? Slot in in each state of affairs? We’re taking the H. Moser & Cie. Pioneer Centre Seconds Swiss Mad Crimson on an action-packed journey to Florida to seek out out.
Right this moment’s Moser consists of 4 core collections: Streamliner, Endeavor, Heritage and Pioneer. The Pioneer line is the sportiest of the bunch, offered as a do-it-all, on a regular basis put on, gentleman’s journey watch. A declare I put to the check throughout an adventurous week in sunny Florida. I wore it for every part from sitting down at an off-the-cuff dinner to snorkelling in a pure spring to mountain climbing within the swampy woods. Earlier than we get into that, let’s cowl the fundamentals.
The Swiss Mad Crimson is one in every of 5 variations of the H. Moser & Cie. Pioneer Centre Seconds mannequin, and the one one that could be a departure from cool blue (Funky Blue and Blue Lagoon) and inexperienced hues (the hanging Cosmic Green). And fairly a departure it’s.
The 42.8mm stainless-steel case is simply large enough to offer it a powerful wrist presence, with out feeling too large or cumbersome. The comparatively quick lugs and curvaceous design coupled with a slight 10.6mm thickness let it hug the wrist very properly, a top quality that’s fairly essential in a do-it-all sports activities watch. The case is completed with a stunning mixture of polished and brushed surfaces, that’s solely damaged up by the vent-looking designs on the perimeters. These bits add a contact extra character and improve the glossy, aerodynamic look of the watch.
Flipping it over, the sapphire caseback affords a full view of the HMC 200 motion that runs the present. That is Moser’s in-house, Three-hand motion. Fantastically completed with the well-known Moser double stripes on the bridges and mainplate, together with gold engraving, this 27-jewelled, 21,600vph motion has an influence reserve of a whopping Three days, wound by hand and/or with the skeletonized, engraved rotor. The motion is mesmerising to take a look at and could be the excessive level of the watch if not for what’s on the opposite aspect: the Swiss Mad Crimson dial.
First showing on Moser’s 2017 Swiss Mad Watch (sure, that is the watch partially made of cheese), this vibrant purple fumé dial with a gradient sunburst sample is pure Moser. Nobody does vibrant fumé dials fairly in addition to they do and this one is not any exception. It begins with a vibrant, candy-apple purple within the centre, and regularly will get darker transferring outward till it turns into a darkish cherry purple across the edges. Add that to the sunburst sample that strikes round playfully with lighting modifications and you’ve got a dial that’s really hypnotising, and unimaginable to not stare at for alarmingly lengthy durations of time, a lot to the priority of family and friends.
The gorgeous dial is accented with polished indices that every have a small pip of lume on the base, as a result of it’s not a sports activities watch in case you can’t learn it in the dead of night. The trademark Moser leaf-shaped palms are additionally lumed, however skeletonized on the base to let only a contact extra of that mad purple present by way of. Each little bit counts.
The Pioneer is billed as an on a regular basis put on, “one watch” form of affair. From the boardroom to the seashore and all that jazz. Whereas I don’t presently have entry to any boardrooms, there isn’t a doubt that this Pioneer’s magnificence and pop of color would make a cultured addition to a go well with and tie. However we’re right here to check out the watch in its different mode, that of the easy, pure journey watch. So let’s get right down to enterprise.
Out In The Wild
Mountain climbing in Florida in the summertime months is not any joke. If the mosquitoes and snakes and alligators don’t scare you off, the specter of dehydration within the 35°C warmth in all probability ought to. In the best unlucky circumstances, conserving observe of the time of day might change into a matter of life or demise. Ensuring to not push issues that far, I took the Pioneer out for a hike by way of the woods and it proved to be a worthy companion.
Once I might take my eyes off that dial lengthy sufficient to observe the hardly seen path, the watch melts away into the wrist as a very good sports activities watch ought to. Simply large enough to really feel the consolation of understanding it’s there, however not so large it ever will get in the way in which or will get caught on something. A few unintentional knocks towards bushes later, the Pioneer is not any worse for the wear and tear. To steal the basic Timex slogan, it takes a licking and retains on ticking. The right sidekick. The rubber strap stays cool and cozy, even when subjected to the disagreeable mixture of dust and humidity and sweat. 4 hours later, all it takes is a fast rinse with clear water and the watch is sweet as new, able to get again to that boring previous boardroom. Or…
Beneath the Waves
…We are able to go snorkelling as an alternative. The Pioneer is rated water-proof to 12ATM or 120 metres, which might be lots for just about any underwater exercise. Whereas its lack of timing bezel would make it fairly pointless to take scuba diving (past its inherent worth as an journey totem, after all) it’s the excellent watch to soak up shallower waters the place you actually solely must preserve observe of the hours left till sundown spoils the enjoyable.
The primary cease was Rainbow Springs, a pure spring with stunningly clear water and quite a lot of wildlife together with many species of fish and turtles, and sure, the occasional alligator. Fortunately there are boat patrols to warn of any gators nearing the swimming space, and this was a quiet day for them.
Underwater, the Pioneer performs simply in addition to it did within the woods, if not higher. The big, brightly colored dial is exceptionally legible, and the right dimensions disappear into the wrist when submerged as nicely. It was barely unnerving to put on such a cultured, high-end watch whereas leaping off a dock into the chilly water, however double-checking the sturdy, screw-down crown beforehand supplied a little bit of reassurance. The rubber strap additionally quells any fears by conserving issues comfortably and firmly in place.
We completed the day with a visit to Satan’s Den; one other spring, however this one is underground inside a dry cave, very similar to the well-known cenotes in Mexico. The Moser was a trooper right here, too. In darker, colder waters that wanted a wetsuit, the watch continued to be a extremely seen, excellent companion. As soon as once more taking a number of clumsy knocks towards rocks in stride, it couples million-dollar seems with a G-Shock soul. Lastly, again ashore, the watch seems equally cool on a sunburnt, T-shirted arm, pulling up a stool at a taco stand to refuel after a gruelling day within the water.
So is the Moser Pioneer Heart Seconds Swiss Mad Crimson a do-everything, gentleman’s journey watch? After crunching the numbers from my meticulous and calculated testing, I’ve reached a verdict: a convincing sure. The Pioneer completely straddles that fantastic line of lovely piece of handcrafted artwork and beat-it-up software watch, and manages to be each issues with out lacking a single beat. It’s absolutely a powerful contender for a single watch assortment, and one I hope I get to put on/check once more sometime. Possibly subsequent time we’ll go someplace chilly, with fewer alligators.
Availability & Value
The H. Moser & Cie. Pioneer Centre Seconds Swiss Mad Crimson is priced at CHF 12,900 or USD 14,200. It’s now accessible from retailers or straight on-line from the model’s web site. For extra particulars and orders, please go to www.h-moser.com.
A brief historical past of H. Moser & Cie.
Heinrich Moser was born right into a household of watchmakers in 1805 within the northern Swiss city of Schaffhausen. He continued their commerce, studying the fundamentals from the household earlier than persevering with his research in Le Locle. In 1828, a 23 yr previous Heinrich set off for St Petersburg, Russia and based the primary iteration of H. Moser & Cie. Rapidly changing into recognized for prime quality timepieces, he gained purchasers like Russian princes and members of the Russian Imperial Court docket. It’s mentioned that even Vladimir Lenin owned a Moser watch.
In 1848, Moser returned to his hometown of Schaffhausen to arrange a watch manufacturing facility to provide his increasing enterprise. He additionally began utilizing his by-now huge fortune to remodel the city of Schaffhausen from a sleepy little village right into a booming industrial city. Certainly one of his most bold ventures was constructing the eponymous Moser Dam, the most important hydro-mechanical dam in Switzerland on the time, to harness the power of the Rhine to offer energy to native industries. Moser additionally had his entrepreneurial palms in practice wagon manufacturing, railway strains and native actual property. Little-known enjoyable reality: Moser rented a part of a constructing he owned to a fledgling, up-and-coming watch model you’ll have heard of, just a little maison by the title of IWC.
Upon Heinrich Moser’s demise in 1874 the whole firm was left to his second spouse, Baroness Fanny Moser von Sulzer-Wart. Having little information or curiosity within the watch enterprise, she subsequently bought it off in items; the Swiss manufacturing firm went to its supervisor, Paul Girard, and the Russian firm to its joint managers, Cornelius Winterhalter and Octave Meylan (Octave Meylan is most certainly the grandfather of Georges-Henri Meylan, right now’s Chairman of Moser Watch Holding). The Russian arm of the corporate was nationalized in 1918 with the Russian Revolution however continued making watches no less than till the 1960s, albeit below management of the communist authorities. The Swiss arm continued working within the premium market section all the way in which till the 1970s, earlier than being derailed by the quartz disaster and finally bought off to the Dixi Mechanique Group (DIXI S.A.) in 1979.
Quick ahead to the brand new millennium, the yr 2000. Jürgen Lange, the previous manufacturing head of IWC (issues actually come full circle, don’t they?) was on the lookout for an previous, valued watch model to revive. He reached out to Heinrich Moser’s great-grandson Roger Nicholas Balsiger to ask if he could be all for becoming a member of the revival of the model as a consultant of the Moser household. Balsiger agreed, and 5 years later, H. Moser & Cie was formally again in enterprise, and again in Schaffhausen, the place all of it started. In 2012, the family-owned MELB Holding group (Meylan household) acquired the corporate, starting a brand new chapter in its historical past.