Moserizing MB&F: The New Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon By H. Moser & Cie And MB&F
An unprecedented collaboration between H. Moser & Cie and MB&F arrives at Watches of Switzerland and MAYORS.
What happens when two famous, but very different, independent watchmakers join forces to create a timepiece? Say hello to the new Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon By H. Moser & Cie and MB&F.
I, for one, cannot help but wonder how this collaboration did not happen sooner? Both H. Moser & Cie and MB&F are independent watchmakers with common values, and both are run by men with passionate and unique personalities.
Over the years, MB&F (short for Max Busser and Friends) has shown us that they are all about collaboration, as well as learning and improving with each and every one of them. With these collaborations, MB&F always works hard to push the known boundaries of traditional watchmaking. And this one is no different. It is a collaboration we have all anxiously awaited, and one you can now experience with our partner retailers Watches of Switzerland and MAYORS.
Two for One
When Maximilian Büsser approached Edouard Meylan, he did so as a friend. Büsser was looking for help in creating a “performance art” piece with a double balance-spring, coupled with Moser’s famous fumé dial. But Edouard Meylan, rightfully, wanted a starring role in the deal, as he also wanted to re-interpret one of MB&F’s creations. At first, Büsser was not convinced, but after thinking, he asked, “Mixing DNA creates interesting results, so why not try the experiment in watchmaking?” Maximilian Büsser, therefore, recommended that Edouard Meylan give the FlyingT the H. Moser & Cie treatment and, "Moserize" it.
Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon by H. Moser x MB&F
Using the MB&F Thunderdome (read HERE) and the FlyingT (read HERE) as a foundation, H. Moser & Cie re-imagined the three-dimensional watch and Moserized it. Under the sapphire dome, we see that the blue guilloché dial, originally made by Kari Voutilainen, is replaced with the signature fumé dial from H. Moser.
Connoisseurs will also notice that the triple-axis regulator tourbillon of the Thunderdome has been replaced with a one-minute flying tourbillon emerging through a ventricular opening at 12 o’clock and rises above the fumé dial. The one-minute flying tourbillon has been equipped with cylindrical balance spring, that you can also find on the MB&F Thunderdome.
Another Moserized part is the inclined dial that MB&F created, which allows only the wearer to see the time. Yet, it is discreet enough to not draw attention from the one-minute flying tourbillon. However, H. Moser still wanted to keep the attention on its signature fumé dial. So, Moser re-interpreted the dial with a transparent smoked sapphire, thus keeping the MB&F dial style undisturbed.
As Edouard Meylan explained, "We have Moserized the MB&F universe by developing a sapphire subdial, which melts into the background to highlight the beauty of our fumé dials. And to preserve the purity and elegance of this true work of horological art, we have inscribed our logo like a watermark on the sapphire subdial, thereby underlining the personal character and intimate relationship binding it to its owner."
LM101 by MB&F × H. Moser
Choosing the path of minimalism, MB&F decided to re-examine the least complex of its timepieces: The Legacy Machine 101. For this re-interpretation, MB&F decided to forego using its logo on the dial, signing only the movement, and let the watch do the talking, like a throwback to the good-old-days of watchmaking. To further accentuate its minimalistic look, MB&F put the hour and power reserve hands directly atop the central Moser-made fumé dial, letting Moser’s signature dial be the center of the attention.
The LM101 MB&F x H. Moser will be available in steel, which is only the third time, in MB&F history, the brand has used this case material. And, although the iconic movement from the MB&F 101 has been completely redesigned to highlight a proper H. Moser fumé dial, the heart of the timepiece still features the large suspended balance wheel, bewitching in its beauty. The movement has also been finished in a more Moser-like manner, thanks to a subtle NAC treatment.
Reserve It Now!
The Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon H. Moser × MB&F will be available in a steel case with a choice of colored dials like funky blue, cosmic green, burgundy, off-white, or ice blue. This unprecedented collaboration timepiece is priced at $79,000 and is available to reserve online or via phone in either burgundy or funky blue with our partner retailers, Watches of Switzerland and MAYORS.
(Photography by Liam O'Donnell, images provided by the brands)