Just days after winning the best chronograph award at the annual GPHG Awards, H. Moser & Cie launches the second iteration of their first steel sports watch with an integrated bracelet. Here is the new Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue.
To recall, the Schaffhausen brand introduced the first Streamliner chronograph in January this year with a grey vertically brushed dial. This is an integrated automatic chronograph with a central display with flyback function and movement developed by Agenhor. The name is a nod to the Streamliner, the first high-speed trains from the 1920’s and 30’s whose rounded and aerodynamic curves the new timepiece hopes to evoke.
It uses a steel cushion case that is 42.3 mm in width. The watch is depth-rated to 120 meters and the chronograph function can be used underwater too. While the crown, adorned with an “M" is placed at 4 o’ clock, the chronograph pushers are placed in a bullhead configuration at 10 and 2 o'clock. A subtly domed Glassbox type sapphire crystal sits atop the case.
The lines of the case extend to the integrated steel bracelet, which curves to follow the shape of the wrist. All the links are articulated and feature a gentle wave combining a vertical brushed finish with polished surfaces. It is secured by a folding clasp with three steel blades, engraved with the Moser logo. The bezel has a sunray brushed finish while the case has alternating brushed and polished surfaces with hollowed and satin-finished forms on the sides, a hat tip to the shapes of Moser cases.
The navy blue fume dial has a chequered minute track reminiscent of vintage racing chronographs, the outer one measuring the seconds and the inner one counting the minutes. A larger 60 numeral dominates the dial at the 12 o’clock position, harking back to the stopwatches of the 1960’s and 70’s, when legibility and functionality were key. The syringe-shaped hands have a thicker base and a fine tip, like those found on counters in cars or measuring instruments.
While the red seconds hand pops against the blue background, the minute hand is rhodium-plated. Three-dimensional curved hands indicate the hours and minutes. These hands have inserts containing Globolight, an innovative ceramic-based material that contains Super-Luminova. The chronograph uses two hands that move around the same axis - one for the seconds and the other for elapsed minutes. The elapsed minute hands of the chronograph jumps instantly using the energy accumulated and then released by a snail cam.
Movement specialists Agenhor developed the HMC 902 chronograph caliber. The oscillating tungsten weight, which can amass a power reserve of 54 hours, is tucked away between the movement and the dial, so one could be forgiven for thinking this was a hand-cranked caliber. As one would expect, the HMC 902 is beautifully finished and is visible, column wheel and all, via an exhibition caseback. Unlike the first model (limited to just 100 pieces), this isn't a limited edition and is priced at CHF39,900.