Exploring novel ways to express the beauty and durability of stainless steel in watchmaking. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic is marking the start of a new era in the H. Moser & Cie, a very rare watch manufacture.
2020 marks H.Moser & Cie’s biggest watch launch in a decade. Award-winning watch designer Marcus Eilinger joined H.Moser & Cie to create a new collection.
Redefining the versatile stainless steel bracelet watch, The Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic is the debut timepiece in H. Moser & Cie.’s latest collection, called Streamliner. With an emphasis on ergonomics, the result is a seamless integration between the case and the bracelet, through fluid lines and curved forms. The organic bracelet closely mimics reptile scales.
Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic is an unprecedented reimagining of the stainless steel chronograph. The inspirations behind the landmark timepiece.
“This is unchartered territory for us. And it all started with a strange and rare obsession that I share with Marcus, our designer…” said Edouard Meylan, H.Moser and Cie. CEO, while introducing the story behind the new H. Moser & CieStreamliner watch.
Equipped with what can be regarded as the most innovative chronograph movement in contemporary watchmaking, the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic is a new expression in H. Moser & Cie’s design ethos.
More a wearable sculpture than a simple steel watch, H. Moser & Cie. sought to create a new form. The result is cushion-shaped case with a slightly domed surface and recessed sides, in perfect harmony with the contours of the integrated and uniquely designed steel bracelet. The dial is brushed with vertical grey strokes to catch the light. Depending on the angle, it reveals dark or luminous elements.
“I thought of our dial as a unique fingerprint. The scratch of a wild animal. The tarmac lines of a racing track. The brushes willbe slightly different on all our watches, so every dial will be unique. This is very distinctive. Very Moser.” shared Marcus Eilinger, the designer behind the Streamliner timepiece.
“With the Streamliner, we’ve used a lot of free forms. Complex curves that can’t be simplified into half circles, radius and straight lines. They have a hypnotic quality, they give you the impression of speed.I could go on… about the curves of the Streamliner evoking the spoiler of an exquisite sportscar… in fact, how that curve was inspired by the design of one car in particular… but this design really speaks for itself. You’ve only got to look at it to see what a feat of engineering it is,” added Eilinger.
Conceived by Agenhor, the chronograph calibre is offering advantages in every aspect over a traditional chronograph movement. By placing the automatic winding mechanism between the dial and the movement, the case back offers an unobstructed view of the innovative and complex calibre.
The intricacy of the movement paradoxically translates to a pure, minimalist dial typical of H. Moser & Cie., featuring a new design for the ceramic luminescent hands as well as a raw, vertical brushing on the signature fumé dial. For the first time ever, the hands of the flyback chronograph are coaxially mounted on the centre of the dial, offering an easy and instantaneous while keeping the dial uncluttered.
The integrated stainless steel bracelet is the central element of the Streamliner’s visual identity – rather than an afterthought that must somehow fit the case. Its articulating links, boasting a vertically satin-brushed surface with polished curved edges, take form and function to new heights with the bracelet’s ergonomic form.