Small batch luxury watchmaker H. Moser & Cie has revealed its latest Streamliner timepiece called Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack. As the product name suggests, this luxury timepiece features the world’s blackest black substance, vantablack.
This is not the first time H. Moser utilized vantablack to achieve an impossibly black dial. The watchmaker did the same with the mechanical “Apple Watch”. Also, this is not the first watch to leverage this super black substance on a timepiece. Chronotechna was the other.
The world’s blackest substance applied on the dial is contrasted by the 5N red gold 40 mm case and bracelet, resulting in a highly striking piece. The Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack is the first non-steel Streamliner, btw.
The minimal indices are attached from the rear to preserve the delicate Vantablack and depending on the angle, the indices appear and disappear against the dial.
At a glance, it looks like the timepiece had a gaping hole in it. This makes the one-minute flying tourbillion at the six o’clock position appear to be floating which is very surreal and magical at the same time. The slightly domed sapphire crystal also helps in the illusion, IMHO.
Thanks to the skeletonized bridges, the tourbillon opening lets you have a peek at the movement which is a marvel of ingenuity. The movement is an automatic HMC 804 calibre, outfitted with a double hairspring, designed and produced in-house by H. Moser’s sister company Precision Engineering AG.
Other highlights include a screw-in crown adorned with an engraved “M”, see-through sapphire crystal case-back, water-resistant to 12 ATM (about 120 meters or 394’), hand and minute hands with Globolight inserts, automatic bi-directional pawl winding system, oscillating weight in 18-carat red gold engraved with H. Moser & Cie logo, and at least 3 days of power reserve.
The new H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack timepiece has a retail price of US$119,900.
All images courtesy of H. Moser & Cie.