After the runaway success of their Endeavour Flying Hours success at SIHH 2018 earlier this year, H. Moser & Cie. has launched a limited edition version of the watch in association with their UAE retail partner, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. The new Endeavour Flying Hours Dubai Edition is limited to just 20 pieces.
Inspired by the planetary systems that led to the birth of modern watchmaking, the watch does a fabulous job of balancing technical ingenuity and the understated style of the Schaffhausen brand. While the original Endeavour Flying Hours used an 18K white gold case, the Dubai edition is cased in black DLC-coated steel. The watch case is 42 mm wide and 12. 3 mm thick and is fitted with a domed sapphire crystal and a signed screw-in crown.
The cosmic green dial features several planetary gears mounted on star wheels: in the center, the main disc in sapphire displays the minutes on a 240° sector; three smaller discs bearing the hour numerals are arranged around it. Both the hour and minute markings feature Arabic Hindi numerals.
Each planetary gear rotates on its own axis, revealing the hour in a display inspired by the original planetary systems. The wide display angle of 240° gives the Endeavour Flying Hours great legibility. The hour discs blend into the main dial. To enhance the mechanism’s legibility, the current hour numeral appears in white, following the minute disc as it completes a revolution before disappearing to be replaced by the next hour.
The watch is powered by the in-house self-winding C806 movement, a modular development based on the existing HMC 200 caliber. Two years in the making, this movement was developed in association with sister brand Hautlence. It has a power reserve of three days and is equipped with a bi-directional winding system fitted with a solid red gold rotor. The escapement and hairspring are produced in-house by Precision Engineering AG, another sister company of the brand.
Endeavour Flying Hours is fitted with a dark grey kudu leather strap, the raw finish of the leather is in stark contrast to the beautifully finished case. The watch is priced at AED117,000.