Bryan Ferry worked with Edouard Meylan, CEO of H. Moser & Cie, on this watch, and it bears its signature at the base of the dial, in the place of the usual “SWISS MADE”. The collaboration produced a beautiful watch that looks fabulous on the wrist. The design is very classical, based on H. Moser pocket watches, with railway minute track at the edge of the dial, and the blued Breguet hands. The hands, and the touches of red, give it a sort of discreet brightness. And – fantastic – there is no date window to disturb the delicate balance.
The watch has a rose gold case, 38.8 mm in diameter and 9.3 mm thick, with alternating polished and brushed surfaces, and a brown calfskin strap with rose gold pin buckle. The lugs are short and so the strap lies very close to the case, enhancing the overall looks.
The sapphire caseback reveals the lovely hand-wound HMC 321 calibre, designed and built in-house. The balance runs at 18,000 vibrations per hour, 2.5 Hertz. The mainspring provides a power reserve of 72 hours, 3 days. Power reserve is shown on a circular scale visible through the caseback. The watch has H. Moser’s patented features, the Straumann hairspring, the interchangeable escapement assembly that speeds up maintenance operations through its modularity, and the proprietary friction-reducing profile used for the teeth on all wheels and pinions.
The crown is fairly large to facilitate time-setting and winding. The clicks as you pull out the crown and push it back are reassuringly solid and satisfying. The movement has the stop-second function for precision time-setting.
Price and reference
The Endeavour Small Seconds Bryan Ferry by H. Moser & Cie is reference 1321-0116, a limited edition of 100 pieces. Price 17,000 Swiss francs. Available from January 2016.
In the photo below, Bryan Ferry and Edouard Meylan during the design partnership.