H. Moser & Cie. Introduces the Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon “Cortina Watch”

Skeletonised and blue fumé.

A great deal of meaning is placed on anniversaries in watchmaking and Cortina Watch is celebrating its Golden Jubilee in 2022 with a slew of limited edition watches and a very special clock.

The latest timepiece for the Singapore retailer’s milestone anniversary is the H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton “Cortina Watch 50th Anniversary”A variant of the Endeavour tourbillon, this 10-piece limited edition watch features the brand’s signature fumé dial in blue, along with a one-minute flying tourbillon equipped with an uncommon cylindrical hairspring. 

Initial thoughts

The watch combines the elegant and minimal design typical of Moser with the more contemporary that results from the cleanly open-worked movement. And despite being based on an existing model that was just introduced in March of this year, the Cortina edition is still impressive, largely thanks to the skeletonised movement.

The cylindrical hairspring maybe be an anachronistic novelty rather than a practical innovation, but one that is rare in modern watchmaking, visually interesting, and historically significant, being rooted in 19th century marine chronometers.

Moser aesthetics

At 42 mm in diameter, the Cortina edition has the same dimensions as the standard model in white gold. In contrast, the Cortina version is in 18k red gold. Time is indicated on a domed sub-dial at 12 o’clock with the graduated “Funky Blue” finish that is synonymous with Moser. But unlike most other Moser watches that lean towards the cleanly contemporary, the sub-dial for the time has classical Roman numerals and leaf-shaped hands.

The combination of a dome sapphire crystal and skeletonized dial allows the movement to be viewed unobstructed

Right below the time display is a one-minute tourbillon secured by the wide “V” bridge that is a Moser trademark. But the bridge is taller than usual to accommodate a cylindrical hairspring with Breguet curves at each end.

Historically found in marine chronometers, the vertically coiled hairspring beats in a more consistently concentric motion than an ordinary flat hairspring, resulting in better isochronism, which means the balance beats more regularly regardless of power reserve or position. And of course the hairspring is essentially in-house, having been manufactured by Precision Engineering, the sister company of Moser.

The case back is sapphire and reveals the reverse of the HMC 811, an automatic with a full rotor. It has a generous power reserve of 74 hours and employs the efficient pawl-based winding system better known as “Magic Lever”.

Less obvious commemorative printing on the sapphire back would have certainly made the movement easier to admire


Key Facts and Price

H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton “Cortina Watch 50th Anniversary”
Ref. 1811-0400

Diameter: 42 mm
Height: 13.8 mm including crystal
Material: 18k red gold
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 30 m

Movement: HMC 811
Functions: Hours, minutes, and tourbillon
Frequency: 21,600 beats per hour (3 Hz)
Winding: Automatic
Power Reserve: 74 hours

Strap: Brown alligator strap with red gold folding clasp

Limited Edition: 10 pieces
Availability: Only from Cortina Watch
Price: 165,000 Singapore dollars including GST

For more, visit 50thanniversary.cortinawatch.com.


 

Back to top.

You may also enjoy these.

H. Moser & Cie. Introduces the Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz

Another amusing and ironically high-end timekeeper inspired by the Apple Watch.

H. Moser & Cie. Introduces the Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton

Different from the typical Moser.

Introducing the H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Tourbillon Concept

Moser minimalism made more complicated.