H. Moser & Cie. is doing two crazy things in this crazy time. First, it is starting to sell its pieces online, something that a storied old house like this one would have never done even a few years ago.
“With a selection of models available right now, this service has been designed as an opportunity to allow watch enthusiasts anywhere in the world to acquire a Moser timepiece, at any time of the day or night,” the company writes. In other words, these old folks have discovered e-commerce, 20 years too late.
Now for the good stuff: they are selling their Venturer Vantablack Black Hands online and it is a striking piece. The face is coated in Vantablack, the blackest material ever produce, and they feature black hands as well, ensuring you’ll probably have a lot of trouble telling the time as you party with the vampire set.
From the release:
H. Moser & Cie. showcases Vantablack® on the dial of its Venturer Vantablack® Black Hands, available in a choice of two diameters (39 mm and 43 mm for the XL version), and its Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack® Black Hands model. With neither logo nor indices, this dial is the manufacture’s ode to minimalism and understatement. Ultra-contemporary, pared down, and timeless.
Vantablack® is the blackest black ever produced by artificial means. It is composed of carbon nanotubes that are 10,000 times finer than a human hair, aligned vertically alongside each other. When a photon hits Vantablack®, this material absorbs 99.965% of the light. As our eyes need reflected light to perceive what we are looking at, Vantablack® is perceived as the absence of matter, a black hole. Although it’s resistant to shocks and vibrations, Vantablack® remains a material which is extremely delicate to handle. H. Moser & Cie. had to put a structure in place and develop special processes to successfully work with this material. Once behind the sapphire crystal, Vantablack® is protected as if in a safe. There, it can express itself completely and seems to radiate the full power of its perfect blackness.
The watch comes in a tourbillon edition as well.
Now for the bad news. The tourbillon model costs a mere CHF 69,000 or a hearty $70,849.89 and the regular model costs $25K. That said you can pop over to H. Moser’s website and pick it up. I bet they’ll even throw in free shipping.