The Streamliner isn't so streamlined anymore.

Introducing H. Moser & Cie. Goes Bold, With The Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack

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The luxury watch market is risky, but lucrative and provides opportunities for those who are willing to take chances.

Indie watchmakers are getting more popular these days and are presenting their own style of stylish, functional timepieces. Switzerland's H. Moser & Cie. already released a timepiece called the Streamliner in 2020 and it seems that they did not forget their word to live up to expectations of fluid, smooth design & personality. It's common for watches to have additional complications added to their designs in the future, making them models with a longer lifespan. However, the explosion of techniques makes us excited about future models even more than we would've been had they followed a chronological release. Still in line with its brothers

This new luxurious, complicated take on the Streamliner watch gathers one of its movements, its boldest yet simplest dial, its unique take on not printing the logo and coolest design to date. The new Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack is minimalist in its shape and design, yet with an innovative component list. This is a watch that gets rid of some of the elements of previous editions, replacing them with new ones to make it easier to use and better everyday functionality.

One of the most important evolutions in the new Streamliner is its departure from forging all-steel frames found in all previous models.

Even the complex QP was made of stainless steel. Now, it’s both more complex but also more luxurious, with a full-gold look, from head to bracelet. The new case has a sleek design and is made from 18k 5N red gold.

Finishing still uses a distinctive radial-brushed technique on the top with polished bevels on the sides, and a brushed band in the middle. Look no further than the Lobster-tail Bracelet to see why people love the Streamliner so much. Its unique design lets you stand out and makes that perfect impression every time. Made with a luxurious blend of gold, it will let you blend in or really make your mark. But the change of material will mean a heavier watch and also a less discreet look.

The gold indexes on this Vantablack dial, however, prove striking and come fixed from the back, so depending on the angle, they appear or disappear against the Vantablack, a charming idiosyncrasy that seems pure Moser. They are only outdone by the conventional (though beautifully skeletonized) tourbillon movement packaged in 18-karat gold.

The hour and minute hands have Globolight inserts, which are a ceramic-based material that contains Super-LumiNova. Moser pioneered its use on watch dials.

The gold/black contrast is pleasingly intense and is complemented by the finish on the case and bracelet. It is polished in a vertical scratched-brush finish that gives the bracelet a sense of movement and absorbs rather than reflects light. A slightly domed sapphire crystal gives it a sporty, vintage feel.

The Streamliner watches came to life in the '20s and '30's as high-speed trains. They also drew inspiration from sleek cars like the Italian jet-black racecar. To create the watch, they started by making a sports chronograph, with a total of 24 different time measurements!

This case is integrated with the bezel and bracelet droplet, a modern take on classical fish scales. The links are articulated horizontally & made of waves in horizontal rows that overlap.

The first Streamliner Tourbillon, a one-of-a-kind cylindrical version, was auctioned at the ONLY Watch Auction in 2021 to benefit Duschenne Muscular Dystrophy research. It also had a Vantablack dial, but the case was steel and it sold for a whopping 750,000 Swiss Francs (approximately, $777,353).


Technical specifications – H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack

Case: 40mm diameter x 12.1mm height - 18k 5N red gold case, brushed with polished accents - bevelled sapphire crystal, slightly domed, with AR coating - screwed sapphire caseback - screw-down crown - 120m water-resistant
Dial: Vantablack-coated dial with sandwich construction - markers secured from the back of the dial using a plate - hands with Globolight inserts
Movement: Calibre HMC 804, in-house - automatic with bi-directional pawl winding system - 32mm x 5.5mm - one-minute tourbillon, double-hairspring, 21,600 vibrations/hour - 72h power reserve - oscillating weight in 18k red gold - hours and minutes
Bracelet: Integrated bracelet in 18k 5N red gold - Folding clasp with three blades - half-links available for more precise fitting
Reference: Reference 6804-0400
Availability: Permanent collection
Price: CHF 109,000 (incl. taxes)