Introducing the H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack®By Ross Povey
There are very few more luxurious and elegant combinations that black and gold; jewelry, watches, cars and even guitars all look stunning in the livery. Those of a certain age will remember the Beverly Hillbillies theme tune lyrics where Jed Clampett first discovers oil on his estate and its referred to “Black gold, Texas Tea”. OK, maybe just me – but you get the point. It’s rich and it just works! Moser is giving its integrated braclet sports watch the black and gold treatment and so there’s no surprise that the new Streamliner is a winner!
We are all now well familiar with H Moser & Cie, a brand that was founded in 1828, when the brand was founded by Heinrich Moser in Russia and was revived as the company we know today in 2005 by Heinrich Moser’s great grandson Roger Nicholas Balsige and Dr. Jürgen Lange. The Streamliner dates back to In 2020 Moser launched the Streamliner a watch with lines that are soft and harmonious and, well, streamlined thanks to the brand deciding against a bezel.
The first model, the Flyback Chronograph, took a prize at the GPHG in 2020 and was followed in the same year by the Centre Seconds. Where the chrono was sporty and aerodynamic, the centre seconds creation was utterly elegant thanks to the fume dial.
Now the aerodynamic curves of the Streamliner case have been imagined in red gold for the new model. Contrasting polished and satin-brushed finishes that flawlessly meet give the watch an elevated sense of quality. The size is 40mm, but the sloping sides of the cushion case makes the watch look more compact and almost vintage-esque on the wrist.
When it comes to dials, Moser is something of a leading expert and the new Streamliner’s face won’t disappoint fans. The dial is coated in Vantablack®, a material created in 2012 that is reputed to be the darkest substance in existence. Moser has mastered the use of Vantablack® and has managed to affix the red gold indices from the back of the dial in such a way that depending on how you hold the watch, they seem to be swallowed by the black hole that is the dial surface. Talking about holes on the dial, there is an aperture at six o’clock that houses a tourbillon.
The one-minute flying tourbillon is the central theme on this watch and literally brings the watch to life on the wrist. The HMC 804 calibre is equipped with a double hairspring designed and produced in-house by H. Moser & Cie.’s sister company Precision Engineering AG. Says the brand, “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.”
Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack®, Ref: 6804-0400
Movement: HMC 804 automatic Manufacture calibre
Functions: Hours and minutes
Case: 40mm 5N red gold topped by a slightly domed sapphire crystal
Dial: Vantablack® dial with hour and minute hands with Globolight® inserts and indices secured from the back of the dial using a plate
Strap: Integrated bracelet in 5N red gold