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On the occasion of the Dubai Watch Week, H. Moser & Cie. just launched a new model in the Streamliner line, the Small Seconds Blue Enamel.

The Streamliner story has started in 2020 with the Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue – the innovative chronograph won the Chronograph watch prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) on 12 November, 2020.

The design of the timepiece is a whole chapter alone; Edouard Meylan’s team worked with designer Marcus Eilinger on the steel piece with integrated bracelet and their collaboration resulted in a watch that pleases the wrist and excites the eyes. More about the Streamliner here.

Since then other variations, special models and even a co-created edition were launched in the line.

Streamliner Small Seconds Blue Enamel

Now the very new model has a 39 mm diameter, cushion-shaped case and a fully integrated steel bracelet with new lines, proportions and dimensions perfectly suited to its movement, the brand’s 18th Manufacture calibre. 

The show-stopper is the special ‘Aqua Blue’ enamel dial, a highly artistic reinterpretation of Moser’s renowned signature fumé finish.

H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Small Seconds Blue Enamel
H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Small Seconds Blue Enamel

Starting with a pattern engrained onto a gold base, as if hammered, three different colour pigments are washed, finely crushed, then applied to create an ombré effect. The master enameller applies the pigments one by one so that the colours oxidise and meld together when heated in the furnace, without any pixellation. A translucent ‘Grand Feu’ enamel dial has be fired twelve times in total to create the fumé effect, where the lighter shades in the centre gradually deepen. 

The dial has no logo, only the steel applied indices and the three-dimensional hands made from two sections feature inserts with Globolight®, an innovative ceramic-based material containing Super- LumiNova®. The offset small seconds is displayed at 6 o’clock on a lacquered sub-dial with a circular pattern. 

The latest launch features a new automatic calibre HMC 500 with open bridges and a micro-rotor. It is the smallest movement H. Moser & Cie. has developed in the 21st century. 

H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Small Seconds Blue Enamel
H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Small Seconds Blue Enamel, caliber side

Edouard Meylan, CEO of H. Moser & Cie. explains – ‘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’. 

Although the Streamliner Small Seconds Blue Enamel is not a limited edition, it will be limited by production.

Source: press release. Photo credits: Loupiosity.com
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