It was bound to happen, but the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent rolling lockdowns across the world just accelerated it. H. Moser & Cie are offering their Venturer Vantablack watches online. Online sales of five figure premium luxury watches were bound to happen sooner or later, at the 2018 edition of SIHH, H. Moser announced its partnership with China’s largest online retailer JD.com and the H. Moser e-commerce platform launched with carefully selected flagship timepieces like its Perpetual One to promote its signature collections and undeniably distinctive aesthetics.
On 2nd April 2020, H. Moser expanded beyond e-commerce in China, offering customers the opportunity to purchase the Schaffhausen manufacture’s watches. Celebrating this momentous occasion are three exquisite editions, a deepening of H. Moser’s purist watchmaking ethos – its smoked dials replaced with dials of Vantablack®, the blackest black ever made by human ingeniousness.
Initially conceived as a 2019 April Fool’s joke, H. Moser & Cie. posted a “concept” rendering of a Venturer watch with black dial and blackened hands on social media, obviously such a fully blacked out watch would be ludicrous since time indications would be impossible or near impossible to read – nevertheless, the deluge of online requests and buzz encouraged H. Moser & Cie. had to take it seriously.
Moser had previously released the Venturer Concept Vantablack Diamonds and the Endeavour Perpetual Moon Vantablack and to celebrate launch of global online sales, H. Moser & Cie created three remarkable editions: the Venturer Vantablack Black Hands in both 39mm and 43mm editions and the Endeavour Tourbillon Ventablack Black Hands.
For those accustomed to Moser’s fume dials, this absolutely minimalist aesthetic is guaranteed to make an impact: featuring black hands – executed by way of high horology finishing technique known as mirror polishing, the special Moser Vantablack editions goes a step further than their previous Venturer Concept Vantablack and Enedeavour Perpetual Moon Vantablack by not just stripping the faces of all extraneous elements like printed names and applied hour indexes, now, even time indication, the literal raison d’etre of a timepiece is reduced to a mere whisper – it is further proof that the heart of fine watchmaking is about eliciting emotion rather than something as functional and plebeian as an Apple Watch (which Moser has also parodied to great effect).
The resulting Venturer Vantablack Black Hands and Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack Black Hands are pared down to its purest forms and thanks to the modern carbon nanotube dial architecture, the vertically aligned nanotubes 10,000 times finer than human hair and 99.965% absorptive of the light spectrum; when you stare at a Moser Vantablack watch, it’s like staring into a timeless eternity.
The Tourbillon Vantablack Black Hands is especially interesting thanks to its matching black DLC case and though it no where approaches the depth of black seen on the dial, it gives an otherwise dressy classic tourbillon timepiece a rather contrasting sportive if still exceedingly sophisticated look.
Venturer Vantablack and Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack available for purchase online and from approved retailers now.
New Moser Venturer Vantablack Black Hands Price and Specs
Movement Hand-wound HMC 327 Manufacture calibre with 3 days power reserve
Case 39mm 18K white gold (43 mm for XL in stainless steel)
Price CHF 25 000 (CHF 24 000 for XL)
New Moser Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack Black Hands Price and Specs
Movement self-winding HMC 804 Manufacture calibre with 3 Days power reserve
Case 42 mm black-DLC finished steel
Price CHF 69 000