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Jade Jubilation: H. Moser & Cie.’s Streamliner Tourbillon Wyoming Jade Unveils Timekeeping Alchemy in 5N Red Gold Extravaganza

H. Moser & Cie. unfurled the Streamliner collection, unveiling its idiosyncratic take on the opulent sports watch, complete with an integrated bracelet....

In the year 2020, H. Moser & Cie. unfurled the Streamliner collection, unveiling its idiosyncratic take on the opulent sports watch, complete with an integrated bracelet. If you’ve been tracking the marque, you’re likely familiar with the Streamliner’s eclectic array, spanning the chronograph, perpetual calendar, time-only, small seconds, and tourbillon variants. Particularly, the Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack in red gold left an indelible impression in 2022, flaunting a 60-second tourbillon and a profoundly ebony dial. The freshest inclusion in this lineup is the H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Tourbillon Wyoming Jade, spotlighting the vibrant hues of the natural stone.

The Streamliner Tourbillon Wyoming Jade showcases the signature 40mm Art Deco-inspired case and integrated bracelet meticulously hewn from 5N red gold. This variant of gold, akin to rose or pink gold but infused with a hint more copper, imparts a distinctive and pronounced tint. The timepiece, inclusive of the slightly convex sapphire crystal, stands at a lofty 12.1mm, boasting a screw-in crown bedecked with an engraved M for Moser, a screwed sapphire caseback, and a water resistance capability of up to 120m.

With a medley of brushed and polished surfaces, the case and bracelet harmonize seamlessly with the verdant dial, stealing the limelight alongside the aerial ballet of the tourbillon. Nestled at 6 o’clock beneath skeletal bridges, the tourbillon completes a full orbit every sixty seconds, doubling as a running seconds indicator.

Sourced from the pristine terrains of Wyoming, USA, jade – the preeminent geological jewel of the state, sharing its domicile with diamonds, sapphire and rubies, opal, peridot, agate, petrified wood, and quartz crystals – adorns the Streamliner Tourbillon, hailing from an unspoiled reservoir. The untreated stone retains its unalloyed essence and allure, with dials fashioned from this jade showcasing subtle, naturally occurring marks and distinctive shades. The manufacturing odyssey initiates with a selection of raw materials, each piece of jade meticulously chosen for its intrinsic quality and beauty. Leveraging CNC technology in a liquid milieu, the jade undergoes precision slicing into wafer-thin layers measuring a mere 1 to 1.2mm. These delicate slices are then methodically arranged on jigs, moistened, and scrutinized under light to pinpoint the optimal position for dial cutting.

The resultant dials, affixed to metal plates, undergo CNC milling for the perfect outer contour, followed by fastidious refinement to attain the desired thickness. The denouement involves manual polishing, executed with meticulous care to expunge imperfections such as chips or scratches, concurrently enhancing the innate brilliance of the jade. In the subsequent stage, the dial artisan adheres the dials to a brass substrate after applying a wafer-thin layer of varnish to the rear. This precautionary measure prevents the brass plate from peeking through due to transparency, preserving the aesthetic purity of the jade.

The dial bedecks itself with slender red gold baton-shaped indices, featuring a lone marker at 3 and 9, and a dual marker at 12, all securely affixed from the rear. The hour and minute hands mirror the design ethos seen in preceding Streamliner iterations, integrating luminous Globolight inserts and maintaining their ethereal appearance above the dial’s surface.

The transparent sapphire caseback of the Streamliner Tourbillon Wyoming Jade, secured with four screws, provides a sneak peek into the HMC 804 automatic movement, an exquisitely finished calibre boasting an 18k gold cut-out oscillating weight. Aiming to augment precision and minimize friction, the movement houses a double-hairspring flying tourbillon. The inclusion of a second hairspring, exerting equal and opposite force, facilitates the balance’s rotation once per minute, mitigating positional and gravitational timekeeping anomalies. The HMC 804 boasts a robust 72-hour power reserve and beats to a frequency of 21,600 vibrations/hour.

The lobster-tail-esque red gold bracelet of the novel H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Tourbillon Wyoming Jade culminates with a tri-blade folding clasp in congruent 5N red gold, engraved with the Moser insignia. This timepiece is a limited edition, restricted to a mere 100 pieces, with a price tag of CHF 109,000, inclusive of taxes.


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