Streamliner: the evocative name of the line released in 2020 by H. Moser & Cie. Overall winner of the 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) in the Chronograph category, the Streamliner is quickly becoming the must-have model. Imbued with the fluidity of geometric curves and dynamic forms, this collection is characterised by the seamless integration of its steel bracelet with the cushion-shaped case. Steel on steel, Moser-style, of course. Which means employing minimalism to perfectly enhance the resolutely innovative aesthetic of the Streamliner models. After the success of its Chronograph Flyback Automatic with a grey fumé dial and of its three-hand watch, H. Moser & Cie. is unveiling the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue, featuring the now unmistakable eponymous dial.
In Haute Horlogerie, it is the details which make all the difference. With the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue, H. Moser & Cie. has created a piece which brings together harmonious proportions, fluid forms and high-end finishes, all presided over by this colour which has become an iconic part of the H. Moser & Cie. palette: Funky Blue. As with all models in the Streamliner collection, this chronograph has perfectly rounded curves, evoking the very first high-speed trains from the Twenties and Thirties whose name it adopts.
A shaped watch with a steel cushion case and a generous diameter of 42.3 mm, the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue is water-resistant to 12 ATM in both passive and dynamic modes. Its off-centre crown, adorned with an “M”, is positioned at 4 o’clock. It balances the two push-buttons located at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock.
Designed as a truly sculptural piece, this case boasts harmonious proportions and beautiful aerodynamics. It is topped by a subtly domed Glassbox type sapphire crystal, echoed by the see-through caseback. These curves extend to the integrated steel bracelet, which is elegantly arced to follow the line of the wrist; the unique design of the links ensures that it sits perfectly on even the most slender of wrists.
Highly complex in construction, this bracelet has extremely fluid lines, based on organic forms. All the links are articulated and feature a gentle wave combining a vertical brushed finish with polished surfaces. The bezel has a sunray brushed finish; the case has alternating brushed and polished surfaces, with hollowed and satin-finished forms on the sides, in a nod to the traditional unusual shapes typical of Moser cases.
Around the edge of the Funky Blue dial, the red and white outer track measures the seconds while the inner track counts the minutes. At midday, the 60 numeral dominates the dial, harking back to the stopwatches of the Sixties and Seventies, when legibility and functionality were key. Of course, for a chronograph, accuracy is everything: this is ensured by the choice of hands to measure the elapsed time, which have a thicker base and a fine tip, like those found on counters in cars or measuring instruments. With legibility always at the forefront, H. Moser & Cie. has opted for a red seconds hand, while the minute hand is rhodium-plated. The manufacture has chosen three-dimensional curved hands to indicate the hours and minutes, formed of two sections and featuring inserts made from Globolight®, an innovative ceramic-based material which contains Super-LumiNova®.
As for the movement, the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue is equipped with the calibre developed by AGENHOR, with support from the teams at H. Moser & Cie. The design of this movement is extremely complex, yet focused on simplicity, legibility, and minimalism, whilst showcasing its practical and ergonomic side with a central display. The first automatic chronograph with a central display equipped with a flyback function on the minutes and seconds, the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue offers more accurate time reading, with an emphasis on understatement. In the centre of the movement, the most discerning eyes will spot a cam sculpted into the shape of a figurine with pointed ears, recalling a certain cartoon legend and star of superhero films. This secret, aimed at those in the know, demonstrates that there is room for a little humour even in the world of traditional watchmaking.
H. Moser & Cie.’s own and unique take on Haute Horlogerie.