H. Moser & Cie. brand presents to us its novelty – Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black.
On the dial of this model there is only a tourbillon that is in position for 6 hours. In addition to this complication, the model with its black dial and rectangular case reminiscent of Apple Watch. Swiss Alp watch has a rectangular body and a corona on the side, but it does not have a screen, or hands.
This watch tells us the time acoustically, with the help of a minute repetitor and manual winding mechanism, the HMC 901. The button located on one side gives us the option of activating the sounds, which model it uses to tell us which time of the day. This seems like a completely new approach to time display, but in fact, this technology is often used in the past. Once upon a time, when the current was still limited to some parts of the world, and when it was too dark to see how many hours it was, the practical solution to this problem appeared in the form of sound.
Technically speaking, this H. Moser & Cie. model is typically complex. Its platinum case was knitted to accept the shape of the mechanism and had a great resonance. A flat spring running at a frequency of 3Hz will be active eighty-seven hours after just one winding. The watch itself measures 45.8 x 39.8 mm, while its thickness is 11 mm, which makes it quite bulky. In addition to the flying tourbillon that can be seen on the dial, this watch has a skeletonized bridge that rotates once a minute.
According to the brand, the hand-wound HMC 901 mechanism was developed with the help of MHC Manufactures Hautes Complicationes SA, who are experts in this field. In addition to the gong and sound-producing elements, the mechanism also has a resonance chamber that helps it be louder and that the tones that emit are cleaner. The operation of the mechanism can be seen on the back of the model, which is made of sapphire crystal.
This watch comes with a black leather strap, which has a red set, and its selling price will be $350,000.