The H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Moon Concept VantaBlack
Article By: Logan Hannen
Sept 20, 2018
H. Moser & Cie have always stood by two, very fundamental principles when it comes to their company – the first is to craft exquisite, simple timepieces that pack more complications than the design necessarily lets on. The second is to make some kind of a statement (see: The Swiss Icons watch or the Swiss Mad watch, a timepiece with a case of actual Swiss cheese). With the release of the Endeavour Perpetual Moon Concept VantaBlack, Moser has struck a balance between traditional minimalism and innovative statement making.
First, the basic specs: the VantaBlack features a 42mm stainless steel case that is 12.9mm thick, and comes with a matte black alligator leather strap lined with a red calfskin underneath to add some contrast on an otherwise very muted timepiece. Inside the piece is the Moser in-house caliber HMC 801, a hand-wound movement with a 7 day power reserve that features hours, minutes, seconds, a large moonphase display (which we’ll get to in just a second), as well as a power reserve indicator on the reverse side of the watch, done to keep the dial as completely clean as possible.
The dial on this particular watch is the clear showpiece, and for good reason – the VantaBlack dial is the blackest black in existence. Originally designed by an Astrophysics company called Surrey NanoSystems, the company originally designed it with military defense applications in mind. However, the artistic rights to VantaBlack were sold to a sculptor named Sir Anish Kapoor, who began to use the color in his sculptures (see below). After some time, Kapoor was asked to collaborate with a small watch brand called MCT on a piece known as the S110 Evo VantaBlack, the first ever timepiece to feature the color on the dial.
Statues by Sir Anish Kapoor, one featuring VantaBlack coating
Moser, of course, does not mention Kapoor’s name in their own marketing materials, implying that no such collaboration with the artist exists and, while some may beg to differ, the likely argument is that a timepiece is a tool, rather than a piece of art. In those conditions, they would have a much easier time securing the use of VantaBlack for their dial. This dial, which is contrasted by the bright white of the minute, hour, and seconds hands and the moonphase subdial, is a sort of visual black hole that manages to achieve the same sense of absence as can be found in the sculptures that likely inspired it.
H. Moser & Cie VantaBlack Concept Moonphase
Source: Foundation of Haute Horlogerie
The steel and VantaBlack edition of the Concept Perpetual is set at a retail price of CHF 35,000, or roughly $37,000 USD.
I love this watch, and nearly everything that comes out of Moser. From Alps, ICONS (not released) to Swiss Mad Watch, each design either makes me laugh or makes me think more about the industry. While the price for this model is certainly steep, it’s construction is – in typical Moser fashion – gorgeous, well thought out, and rich in all areas. From the seven day paper reserve to the simplicity and powerful contrast in the dial, I’m definitely impressed.
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