Based on the premise that a watch with a perpetual calendar complication belongs on the wrist and not in a safe, H. Moser & Cie has launched the Pioneer Perpetual Calendar in stainless steel. Water-resistant up to 120 meters, this is clearly a watch aimed at everyday wear from the Schaffhausen brand.
This is the second timepiece in the Pioneer collection in steel that the Moser has launched this year. Earlier in January, it launched the Pioneer Central Seconds Automatic in durable stainless steel as its entry level wristwatch. The Pioneer collection was launched as the brand’s sporty line in 2015. When launched two years ago, the Pioneer line was distinct – the DLC-coated titanium inserts on the flanks and lugs was a strong design element.
The Pioneer Perpetual Calendar is designed to be easy to use and comfortable to wear. It is encased in the 42.8 mm wide stainless steel with the characteristic Pioneer case design, albeit without the titanium inserts. The Moser midnight blue fumé dial has leaf-shaped hands with faceted baton indexes. The luminescent dots on the flange and the hands filled with Superluminova allow the display to be read even in the dark.
H Moser & Cie have perfected the minimalist aesthetic perpetual calendar like no other brand starting with the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar in 2015 which eschewed the traditional aperture or register display associated with this complication.
While the date is displayed at 3 o’ clock, a subsidiary dial presents the running seconds hand at 6. A shrunken arrow hand at the center of the dial points towards one hour display and the hour markers double up as the month indicator as well with 12 hour marker also standing for December. A power reserve indicator on this hand-cranked movement is placed at 9.
The watch is powered by the legendary H. Moser perpetual calendar caliber, HMC 800 Calibre, visible through the curved sapphire crystal case-back. The hand-wound movement has a minimum power reserve of 7 days and beats at 18,000 beats per hour. The Pioneer Perpetual Calendar is presented with a black alligator leather strap. The watch is priced at $41,000 and will be available with retailers from the end of June.