Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger’s EyeReference# 1804-0401
- Limited Edition: 50 pieces
- Case: 18-carat red gold
- Size: 40 mm
- Movement: HMC 804 self-winding Manufacture calibre, One-minute flying tourbillon at 6 o'clock with skeletonised bridges
- Function: Hours and minutes
- Power Reserve: approximately 3 days
- Dial: Natural stone, Falcon's Eye
- Caseback: sapphire crystal
- Hands: Leaf-shaped hour and minute hands
- Strap/Bracelet: Hand-stitched brown alligator leather, 18-carat solid red gold folding clasp engraved with the Moser logo
Iridescent reflections, shimmering colors, dancing light: H. Moser & Cie. brings the Tiger’s Eye stone to life in an almost psychedelic setting, revealing its full beauty and mystery in an exclusive model available in two references. The Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger’s Eye spotlights this fine natural stone in a modern yet understated and elegant interpretation. With neither logo nor indices, and an aperture at 6 o’clock to magnify the one-minute flying tourbillon, the dial of the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger’s Eye provides the stone with a blank canvas to express its aesthetic power.
Tiger’s Eye is a variety of microcrystalline quartz. This semi-precious stone is formed of amosite, the fibers of which are partially replaced with silica following a natural transformation process known as “pseudomorphosis”. It is these fibers, laid down in fine layers, that cause the iridescent effects which seem to bring this stone to life. Tiger’s Eye – with its mysterious name and mesmerizing colors – comes in many different varieties, ranging in color from grey blue to golden brown to reddish brown. The blue variety of the stone, whose color comes from veins of fibrous crocidolite and silica, is known as Falcon’s Eye. When the natural stone takes on a red hue, it is called Ox’s Eye.
A fascinating solar mineral, Tiger’s Eye is believed to confer protection, and is a symbol of self-confidence and a guarantee of good health and prosperity. Countless esoteric properties have been attributed to it. Soldiers from the Roman Empire used to wear it around their necks to protect themselves in battle. In the dark times of the Middle Ages, it was thought to ward off evil. Beyond this symbolism, it is the aesthetic properties of the stone which attracted the attention of H. Moser & Cie., as CEO Edouard Meylan explains: “Tiger’s Eye is a natural reinterpretation of Moser fumé dials, which have been a key part of the brand’s success. Its horizontal lines lend it balance and symmetry. It is a dynamic stone which seems to come to life as it catches the light. The richness of its details are revealed gradually; it must be admired from different angles to fully appreciate its beauty. Just like a Moser timepiece.
Just 50 of each will be produced due to the difficulty in sourcing stones which have the regular parallel lines and complexity required for the production of the dials. As Tiger’s Eye stones are all different, every piece they are used to create will be unique. The workshops will produce around twenty watches a year.
This model is powered by the calibre HMC 804 movement. A marvel of ingenuity, this self-winding Manufacture movement is equipped with a double flat hairspring designed and produced in-house. Thanks to this pair of matched hairsprings, the movement of the point of gravity on each spring when it expands is corrected and the effect of friction reduced, significantly improving accuracy and isochronism in continual pursuit of perfection.
Fascinating, almost hypnotic, the Endeavour Tourbillon Concept Tiger’s Eye catches the gaze, drawing it into the reflections which mirror the eyes of the big cat whose name it bears.
H. Moser & Cie.’s own and unique take on Haute Horlogerie.