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H. Moser & Cie: Heritage Bronze “Since 1828” Limited Edition

H. Moser & Cie. unveils its latest Heritage collection creation as a tribute to the manufacture’s founding year and Russian roots.

Feb 14, 2022 | By Asaph Low
H. Moser & Cie., Heritage Bronze “Since 1828” Limited Edition
Image: H. Moser & Cie.

A H. Moser & Cie watch with the brand name on the dial? A shocking idea perhaps but then take a closer look at the dial of the Heritage Bronze “Since 1828” Limited Edition. More on that later… Bridging the past and present, the H. Moser & Cie. Heritage collection is proof both can coexist in the same timepiece, and yes that explains the badge.

The current collection, which includes the Perpetual Calendar, Tourbillon, Dual Time and Centre Seconds, is joined by the Heritage Bronze “Since 1828” capsule collection as the Schaffhausen manufacture aims to connect clients with its history on a deeper level. 

Despite being Swiss through-and-through, H. Moser & Cie. was deeply rooted in Russia during its formative years. This specific period served as the inspiration for the Heritage Bronze “Since 1828”. Prior to the establishment of his eponymous watch manufacture, Heinrich Moser plied his trade in Saint Petersburg, Russia where he established himself as the resident watch specialist to Russian aristocrats. He went on to create H. Moser & Cie. in 1828, starting with the construction of a manufacturing facility. In the initial years, the brand name did appear with Cyrillic script in some cases, as it does here. 

H. Moser & Cie., Heritage Bronze “Since 1828” Limited Edition Cyrillic branding
Image: H. Moser & Cie.

We thought the use of bronze might polarise opinions amongst potential clients; we have been proved wrong because the watch is reportedly sold out. Nevertheless, it tells an interesting tale and marks a moment for the brand so this story makes it into the the Festive 2021 issue. The warm lustrous sheen of newly forged bronze will develop a beautiful patina over time, furthering the individuality and uniqueness of the watches for all the lucky owners.

Contemporary touches can be found on the dial, which is Blackor fumé, with Globolight used for the numerals. The innovative proprietary luminescent material combines Super-LumiNova with a ceramic-based three-dimensional appliqué that can assume any shape and colour according to the manufacture’s wishes. 

The Heritage Bronze “Since 1828” is limited to 50 pieces and is powered by the automatic HMC 200 movement decorated with the famous Moser double stripes. It is equipped with a regulating organ manufactured by H. Moser & Cie.’s sister company, Precision Engineering AG.

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