Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon
H. Moser x MB&F
- Limited Edition: 15 pieces
- Case: stainless steel
- Size: 42mm
- Movement: automatic-winding manufacture caliber HMC 810
- Function: one-minute flying tourbillon with cylindrical hairspring
- Power Reserve: approximately 72 hours
- Dial: inclined sapphire crystal with cosmic green fumé baseplate
- Caseback: sapphire crystal
- Hands: luminous
- Strap/Bracelet: hand-stitched alligator leather
- Factory Warranty: two years
H. Moser & Cie. has borrowed from MB&F the concept of three-dimensional movements, a strong element of the Geneva maison’s identity, protected by a sapphire dome and featuring a one-minute flying tourbillon that rises above the main dial through a ventricular opening appearing at 12 o’clock.
Benefiting from the expertise of its sister company Precision Engineering AG, H. Moser & Cie. has equipped its tourbillon with a cylindrical balance spring, the same as that developed by Precision Engineering AG for MB&F’s LM Thunderdome. Invented in the 18th century, the cylindrical balance spring is reminiscent of a worm or a corkscrew, rising perpendicularly around the upper rod of the balance staff. Commonly used in historical marine chronometers at the time, it offers the advantage of developing concentrically, and therefore geometrically, since it works perfectly along the axis of its pivots.
This gives it a significant advantage over the flat balance spring, whose opposite ends tend to exert forces on the pivots, despite the Philips or Breguet terminal curves that were specifically developed to partially correct the non-concentric opening of the balance spring. Fitted with a Breguet overcoil at both attachment points, the cylindrical balance spring reduces pivot friction and greatly improves isochronism. Due to its specific shape, the cylindrical balance spring is far more difficult to produce and takes 10 times longer to make than a traditional balance spring.
Another reference to MB&F’s identity lies in the tilted dials, which H Moser & Cie. has adopted for its hour and minute subdials. These are inclined at 40° so that the owner of the watch is the only one to whom it reveals the secret of time. They are also mounted on a conical gear train ensuring optimal torque transmission from one plane to the other.
As Edouard Meylan explains: “We have Moserized the MB&F universe by developing a sapphire subdial, which melts into the background so as to highlight the beauty of our fumé dials. And to preserve the purity and elegance of this true work of horological art, we have inscribed our logo like a watermark on the sapphire subdial, thereby underlining the personal character and intimate relationship binding it to its owner.”
Available in four different versions, the Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon H. Moser × MB&F model comes in a steel case topped by Funky Blue, Cosmic Green, Burgundy, or Off-White dials, all of the fumé variety.
H. Moser x MB&F