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H. Moser & Cie x The Armoury Endeavour Small Seconds Total Eclipse

H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Small Seconds Total Eclipse

In the UK, the last total eclipse we experienced was in 1999 and the next one won’t occur until 2026. And yet, despite the 27-year wait (or perhaps because of it) it’s still a natural phenomenon with the power to capture people’s imaginations. At least, it’s certainly caught that of the designers at H. Moser & Cie, who have recreated the eclipse in their new collaboration with The Armoury, the Endeavour Small Seconds Total Eclipse.

The Armoury is a high end men’s wear specialist from Hong Kong and their contribution to the watch is primarily in the ideas and concepts behind the new piece, as well as its eventual sale. In terms of execution and design, it’s practically all H. Moser & Cie. Which is why, visually, it sits alongside the watchmaker’s other designs like the Heritage Perpetual Calendar very well with its minimalist, elegant and classical aesthetic.

H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Small Seconds Total Eclipse Ref. 1327-1200 H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Small Seconds Total Eclipse Ref 1327-1201

Instead of their signature fumé dials, they’ve gone with their other specialty, Vantablack®. It’s a material that’s been around for a few years now, although it doesn’t crop up much due to fact it’s incredibly hard to work with and is easily damaged. It’s described as the blackest black because it absorbs so much light that it gives off virtually no reflections and can make three dimensional surfaces look completely flat. It’s the perfect choice for replicating the absence of light created by an eclipse.

The corona effect – the wispy edges of the sun seen around the moon during eclipse, not the virus – has also been added to the watch by giving the inner bezel a high sheen polish. There are two versions of the Endeavour Small Seconds Total Eclipse being made and the only difference between them is that inner bezel.

H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Small Seconds Total Eclipse Ref. 1327-1201 dial

One, ref. 1327-1200, has a steel ring that matches the 38mm stainless steel case while the other, ref. 1327-1201, exchanges it for an 18k red gold one. On paper it doesn’t sound like much of a difference but in reality the red gold really brings the eclipse theme to the fore, whereas it’s less obvious on the steel. Plus, the gold and steel combo gives it a hint of bi-colour flavour that’s much appreciated. The Breguet hands are also colour matched to the inner bezel.

H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Small Seconds Total Eclipse Ref. 1327-1200
H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Small Seconds Total Eclipse caseback

In spite of the contemporary Vantablack® dial, the overall appearance is very classical. Equally classic is the manual movement housed inside, which is the smallest movement H. Moser & Cie. produce. It’s the HMC 327, a beautifully hand-finished piece with a three-day power reserve shown by a rear mounted power reserve indicator. It also features the titular Small Seconds offset at six o’clock.

It’s an attractive watch that would pair excellently with any outfit from The Armoury. There are only 28 of each colourway available, sold through Armoury outlets and online from both The Armoury and H. Moser & Cie.’s e-shops. Both references are priced at £22,800.

Price & Specs:

Model: H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Small Seconds Total Eclipse
Reference: 1327-1200 (steel), 1327-1201 (steel and red gold)
Case/Dial: 38mm diameter x 9.9mm height, steel or steel with 18k red gold inner bezel, Vantablack® dial
Movement: HMC 327 manufacture calibre, manual winding, 29 jewels
Frequency: 18,000 vph (2 Hz)
Power reserve: 72h (3 days)
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock, power reserve indicator on caseback
Strap: Black hand-stitched calf leather
Price/availability: £22,800, both versions limited edition of 28 pieces

More details at H. Moser & Cie.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.