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H. Moser Streamliner Centre Seconds clears a high bar in the competitive integrated watch genre

Continuing in the trend of post-opulent design, the new Moser Streamliner Centre Seconds meets and exceeds an extremely high bar in the competitive sports luxury genre

Sep 14, 2020 | By Jonathan Ho

Integrated watch bracelets and brightly coloured dials – were all the rage in the 1970s, and – like all trends – they’re being revisited. The H. Moser Streamliner Centre Seconds follows the self-winding Flyback chronograph (incidentally the brand’s first sports luxury chronograph) launched in January 2020 as the second model in the Streamliner collection. Unlike the Flyback chronograph, the new H. Moser Streamliner Centre Seconds is a classic 3-hand model which focuses on a house signature aesthetic of only the essentials: hours, minutes, centre seconds.

New H. Moser Streamliner Centre Seconds – an icon in the sports luxury genre

Like its predecessor, the”Streamliner” is a reference to the first high-speed trains from the Twenties and Thirties, the age of the Great Depression, which fundamentally shaped design philosophy for the better part of the century. Equipped with a steel case featuring rounded curves, the aesthetic of the Streamliner Centre Seconds is perfectly harmonious – and it has to be – why? Consider that use of an integrated bracelet is littered with practical downsides: watches like the Moser Streamliner Centre Seconds don’t use a typical lug-and-spring bar design, which meant that an independent watch atelier like H. Moser & Cie, couldn’t use any one of their supremely gorgeous and undeniably handcrafted leather straps already found on their Endeavour and Pioneer series.

Detailed simplicity and pure aesthetics

From a customer perspective, the to alternative the Streamliner Centre Seconds’ bracelet is most likely either a proprietary rubber or leather strap designed by Moser themselves or a bespoke affair with a leather artisan that will most certainly, cost a small fortune. Of course, should one lose enough of their wits to even – gasp! – consider giving up ownership of one of 2020’s most aesthetically dissimilar integrated watch bracelets, you better hope you know where all your original links are lest the next lucky owner be a little more prosperous in girth than you are.

What remains is pure aesthetics, an area which H. Moser & Cie recognisably excel, what other maison can present a watch stripped off all brand markings save its dial and still be immediately recognisable at 20 paces? Moser. From its ideal proportions and fluid forms to its high-end finishes, the new Moser Streamliner Centre Seconds is paired with a brand-new, elegant fumé dial in Matrix Green.

Since it’s a classic 3-hand staple with no superfluous elements and the highest of aesthetic standards to meet, expertise of the very highest level elevate the H. Moser Streamliner Centre Seconds with precise proportions and erudite balance, creating an integrated bracelet watch that is harmonious enough for dinner affairs and robust enough for spirited rounds of tennis at the country club.

 

Illustrating this philosophy of sportive sophistication, the 40.0-mm steel cushion case is water-resistant to 12 ATM, while remaining extraordinarily ergonomic thanks to the design which includes a fully integrated steel bracelet with no lugs on the case. The case middle has hollowed and satin- finished forms on the sides, and alternating brushed and polished surfaces, in a nod to the traditional unusual shapes typical of Moser cases. It is topped by a subtly domed sapphire crystal, echoed by the see-through case back. Extending these curves, the integrated steel bracelet is elegantly arced to follow the line of the wrist, expressing a fluidity of movement and comfort, made possible only by a technical feat of articulated links in the architecture of gentle wave combining a vertical brushed finish with polished surfaces. 

H. Moser & Cie. has created a brand-new fumé dial of their new Streamliner Centre Seconds: almost electric, the vibrant Matrix Green colourway offers a complex palette of shades from olive green to red gold. This brand-new colour dial adds the finishing touch to the timeless elegance of this model. Displaying the hours and minutes, the 3D hands are formed of two sections and feature inserts made from Globolight, an innovative ceramic-based material which contains Super-LumiNova. Like the Flyback Chronograph, the seconds hand is curved.

Beating at the heart of the new Moser Streamliner Centre Seconds model is the manufacture self-winding calibre HMC 200 also found in the Endeavour Centre seconds. The in-house movement is decorated with the famous Moser double stripes, punctuated brilliantly by an orbiting solid gold oscillating weight and for its slim form, an unbelievable minimum power reserve of 3 days.

New Streamliner Centre Seconds Price and Specs

Movement Automatic HMC 200 calibre with 3 days power reserve
Case 40mm stainless steel with 120 metres water resistance
Strap Bracelet
Price CHF 19,900 / S$33,000

 


 
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