H. Moser & Cie. has created three remarkable editions, with an aesthetic guaranteed to make an impact: these three models feature a dial made from Vantablack, the blackest black ever produced by artificial means.
Equipped – for the first time – with black hands, they reveal the time like a quietly whispered secret. With neither logo nor indices, H. Moser & Cie. proves once more that the heart of the haute horlogerie sector lies not simply in displaying the time, but rather in eliciting emotion.
H. Moser & Cie. showcases Vantablack on the dial of its Venturer Vantablack Black Hands, available in a choice of two diameters (39mm and 43mm for the XL version), and its Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack Black Hands model. With neither logo nor indices, this dial is the manufacture’s ode to minimalism and understatement. Ultracontemporary, pared-down, and timeless.
Vantablack is the blackest black ever produced by artificial means. It is composed of carbon nanotubes that are 10,000 times finer than a human hair, aligned vertically alongside each other. When a photon hits Vantablack, this material absorbs 99.965% of the light. As our eyes need reflected light to perceive what we are looking at, Vantablack is perceived as the absence of matter, a black hole. Although it’s resistant to shocks and vibrations, Vantablack remains a material that is extremely delicate to handle. H. Moser & Cie. had to put a structure in place and develop special processes to successfully work with this material. Once behind the sapphire crystal, Vantablack is protected as if in a safe. There, it can express itself completely and seems to radiate the full power of its perfect blackness.
An innovative material developed for astrophysics, Vantablack is used in telescopes, and also by the military for thermal camouflage, to increase the stealth level of certain equipment. And that is exactly the role it is playing here: H. Moser & Cie. is taking advantage of its expertise in Vantablack to propose a new use for this material, creating exceptional timepieces. These extremely rare models offer high added value in terms of both their innovation and their emotional scope. These models represent a switch to stealth mode, only revealing the time to those wearing them on their wrist, with the blackened hands keeping their secret well-hidden. This effect is further reinforced on the Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack Black Hands model, with its DLC-coated steel case.
Amazingly, the story of these three models started as a joke. On April Fools’ Day 2019, H. Moser & Cie. posted a touched-up photo of a watch with a black dial and blackened hands on social media, with these being, of course, invisible. Faced with an avalanche of requests from interested customers and the buzz which followed, H. Moser & Cie. had to take it seriously. United around the values of cutting-edge technology, timeless design and emotion, the Venturer Vantablack Black Hands, Venturer Vantablack Black Hands XL and Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack Black Hands models are perfect for our modern times.