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The H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph

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I have always been a fan of the centre chronograph watch; a format that has been relatively unexplored by watch companies over the years. I was therefore well-pleased that H. Moser & Cie have decided to produce a particularly beautiful example of the genre, their new Streamliner chronograph. For now, this is the only Streamliner model but others are apparently to follow, including a three-hand timepiece.

 

 

 

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(Pic from ablogtowatch.com)

 

 

 

 The Streamliner chronograph appeared last November but was not officially launched until January this year, and any question that yet another so-called “sports-luxe” watch referencing the Seventies with an integrated case and bracelet would fall on deaf ears, so to speak, has proved to be wrong. The whole edition of 100 watches has already been sold, partly perhaps because Moser have steered away from a too direct emulation of other sports-luxe watches such as the Nautilus and Royal Oak. Indeed, the use of the centre chronograph in this context would appear to be an inspired choice.

 The Moser & Cie Streamliner chronograph is powered by Agenhor’s intricate and sophisticated AgenGraphe movement - the third model to use it (after Fabergé and Singer Reimagined) In the case of the Streamliner, this caliber has been engineered for a far less complex display than the Fabergé Visionnaire or Singer Track 1; it loses the rotating disks for hours and minutes, with hands for chronograph hours and running seconds disappearing altogether. Instead we have four central hands for hours, minutes, and chronograph minutes and seconds, plus the novel introduction of a centre flyback function for both chronograph minute and second hands. Moser calls this version of the AgenGraph movement caliber HMC 902.

 

 

 

 

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(Pics from static.watchtime.com and, below, Monochrome Watches at k8q7r7a2.stackpathcdn.comcdnstackpath.com)

 

 

 

 In terms of style, the Streamliner is influenced by bullhead designs (partly out of necessity), and Edouard Meylan, CEO at Moser, has himself referenced the Omega Chronostop bullhead chronograph as an influence on its design, as well as sports stopwatches from the Sixties and Seventies. In connection with styling, Meylan had to deal with the inevitable thickness of automatic chronograph movements even though the AgenGraphe is relatively slim at 7.3 mm, with the watch itself coming in at 14.2 mm thick. This size, together with the curving lines, gives the Steamliner a bulbous feel that could have been off-putting. The solution to this lies essentially in the superb integrated bracelet.

 I am aware that I can only gauge the Streamliner’s steel bracelet from illustrations and description, which in this case is a disadvantage because I feel that special attention needs to be focused on it. It reminds me of those slinky segmented silver bendy fish pendants or even fossil trilobites and Chris Hall gives a good description in his QP article on Moser (“Rise of the maverick,” QP magazine issue 93, Spring 2020): The bracelet “possesses an organic quality that I’ve never seen elsewhere. The closest I can think of is the hand-worked gold bracelets of the Fifties - think Andrew Grima’s work for Piaget, or various textured designs for Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet among others - but where they stood static as trees or stone, this glides like a fish, light rippling off the thin, finely polished strip at the base of each link. /  The clasp is unobtrusive, the bracelet comfortable - your arm hairs are safe! - and despite that thick case, the immediate drop from caseband to links, without lugs, means it wraps closely to the wrist. It will be an unholy task to keep it looking mint, but the Streamliner has real showstopper quality”. I should also just add that the rear view of the movement through the display crystal is pretty nice too.

 

 

 

 

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(Pics from ablogtowatch.com and, below,  revolution.watch)

 

 

 

 H. Moser & Cie have produced something special with the Streamliner chronograph, and it is only a shame that more of us won’t be able to share in the act of owning one, partly because of the price and partly because the edition is limited to 100. The firm and its boss have spun a marvel of maintaining continuity with previous watch styling that has returned to favour while also giving us a highly legible and functional chronograph wristwatch that is a thing of beauty in itself. If, as a final note, I churlishy wonder if a date feature could be added, then send me away with a flea in my ear.

 

SPECIFICATION NOTES: The specifications not mentioned above are as follows: 42.3 mm stainless steel case; graded fumée grey dial with vertical brushing; hand inserts made from “Globolight,” a mix of Super LumiNova and ceramic; 55J automatic movement made by Agenhor comprising 434 components with rotor just beneath the dial; water resistance 12 ATM; price, US$39,900;

 

 

 

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 (Pic from ablogtowatch.com)

 

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(Pic from hodinkee.imgix.net)

 

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 (Above two pics from hodinkee.imgix.net)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for the interesting look at a lovely watch. Did you say it was automatic? I'd expect to see a winding rotor somewhere!

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17 hours ago, Always"watching" said:

with rotor just beneath the dial; water resistance 12 ATM; price, US$39,900;

 

 

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Some serious watch making there, from a brand that I would love to add to my collection one day but I cant say this model really grabs me aesthetically. 

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On 29/03/2020 at 12:46, Daveyboyz said:

 but I cant say this model really grabs me aesthetically. 

Same here. A piece of art - if you just look at the movement itself. Incredible masterpiece.

 

On contrary - a mediocre case design - a fusion between Ebel ( bracelet), Fossil ( case)  and Omega ( tachometer scale used for minutes track ). Then we add the very useful 60 min chrono function ( really useful?) + no date, no lime on hour markers but on hands.

 

If you are bored to wait for Daytona which probably everyone has or lust after and you cannot afford RM or PP, or you think PP or VC are too common, A Lange and Sohne is too obvious as choice, then you do not have any other choice ( poor you) other to buy this and brag it has 400+ parts, it is only limited to 100 pcs and so on , so on.

 

Let the brawl begin :)

 

 

 

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