H. Moser & Cie Introduces The Pioneer Perpetual Calendar – A Steel, Sporty, Entry-Level QP (Review)

By rolex
April 5, 2021
8 min read

In shared thinking, the perpetual calendar has to be, in specific extents, perhaps the most exemplary looking watch. It is generally acknowledged that the QP is one of the verifiable complications and hence, playing on customs and exceptionally old legacy, a perpetual calendar is exemplary. In any case, not for some brand, who have concluded that a QP can be unique. Why not? Why loathing a games watch with a complex development? This is what H. Moser & Cie may have as a primary concern, by presenting the energetic, steel and (kind of) accessible Pioneer Perpetual Calendar.

As our specialized proofreader Xavier demonstrated in his broad article about calendar watches , the Perpetual Calendar is quite possibly the most complex kind of cosmic showcases accessible (an significantly more complex form, the common calendar, exists). Undoubtedly, while numerous watches are showing signs like the date (obviously), yet in addition the day of the week or the month, a perpetual calendar (or QP, for quantième perpetuel) does the entirety of that and significantly more. Indeed, the complexity of a QP isn’t in the signs however in the manner in which it oversees them. A perpetual calendar considers the various lengths of the months on a 4 years cycle. Its mind boggling system has a mechanical “memory” more than 1461 days. To put it plainly, no compelling reason to change the watch toward the month’s end, in any event, for February and if jump year. The date will change naturally to the correct date, for a 100-year cycle.

While 20 or 30 years prior, the perpetual calendar was as yet an elite system found at possibly 5 or 10 brands, it is today generally common to have one out of an assortment. Implying that to stand apart of the group, you need to propose a bonus. It very well may be in the showcase – windows rather than the typical sub-dials, with hopping signs, or improvement of the display – or with security gadgets – a standard QP is a delicate piece of engineering, which if not utilized in safe condition can undoubtedly hinder, as the change of the watch is a basic moment. At the point when they entered available of the perpetual calendars during the 2000s, H. Moser & Cie. did the entirety of that: a particular presentation and an ensured development. This development and the watch that was encasing it, the Moser Perpetual 1, even won a prize at the GPHG 2006, underlining on an extraordinary insight of conception.

The magnificence of this perpetual calendar by H. Moser & Cie. sits in its combination of complexity (it’s a QP all things considered, and one that is over-gotten) and of straightforwardness. In fact, immaculateness , or even nakedness of the plan, is one of the foundations of the brands. Also, their perpetual calendar isn’t special case for the standard. Indeed, if you’re not told that the watch you’re taking a gander at is a QP, you’ll barely consider whatever else than a period and-date watch. The need to stand out of the crowd… With such a presentation, having it encased in a games watch was by one way or another important for once – we’ve seen as of now sport watches with QP, however let it be known, it now and again looks odd. Not here.

The new H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Perpetual Calendar combines the new Pioneer case, energetic – but not a games watch either – with the mark QP of the brand. What we have here is a 42.8mm tempered steel watch with a fairly intense, manly style – in any event a shape that is more present and more rakish than the remainder of the Moser creation, which generally is refined and unobtrusive. Here, the watch has some presence, because of an enormous distance across and some rakish shapes. The casebands for example are finished to support the look a the hauls are bulkier, yet facetted for the style.

However, as said, this a lively watch, not a games watch. For example, even with a QP development and a 120m water obstruction (yes, you can even scuba-jump with a QP), the Pioneer Perpetual Calendar stays thin at 11.3mm, making it more inconspicuous than you might suspect. Truth be told, I would consider it an easygoing watch, with sumptuous subtleties and in general manly look – made for a regular wear, including ends of the week and dynamic relaxation time. While the 3-hand adaptations are accessible on elastic, this QP comes on a gator lash with steel pin-clasp, somewhat dressier and pertinent with the complication included (but I’m sure in the event that you ask pleasantly, you can have an extra rubber…)

The dial of the H. Moser & Cie. Pioneer Perpetual Calendar is along these lines. Strong, manly yet not bereft of style all things considered. It combines huge files, with glowing dabs for evening clarity, with the excellence of cleaned and facetted subtleties. The hands are on a similar style, utilizing a customary leaf shape, yet bolder and loaded up with Luminova. As regular with Moser, the tone and surface of the dial has been picked with incredible consideration and here we have a dim blue fumé (more obscure on the edges than in the center).

The show on this Pioneer Perpetual Calendar is well known… and still very straightforward. An enormous date window at 3, with moment bounce, a little second at 6 and a force hold at 9. Basta… So where are the calendar signs? Where is the day, where is the month, where is the jump year? Above all else, while the date can be extremely valuable consistently, the day of the week has less rhyme or reason. Same goes for the jump year, which is critical when setting the watch however not as helpful as a sign, and this why it is put on the development side here. Be that as it may, shouldn’t something be said about the month? Well the month is shown, in a circumspect yet cunning way. To be sure, a dial has 12 indexes for the hours, so Moser chose to utilize that for the month as well. In this way, they are pointed by a little focal hand, which utilizes the hour lists to point a month. Simple and permitting a clean design.

The back of the Pioneer Perpetual Calendar anyway is a long way from spotless and unadulterated, which for a development ordinarily is a compliment. Energetic watch to be sure, yet with haute-horlogerie family on the caseback. The type in this watch is a similar 7-day power save manual-wind motor found taking all things together versions of the Endeavour (see here , here or here ). The HMC 800 is a complex movement:

  • An change both forward and in reverse whenever of the day of the calendar. The development is shielded from broken manipulations.
  • The ‘Twofold Pull Crown’ which permits an amendment of the date by turning the crown (without upsetting the time setting) and set the time accurately (with a hack-second system).
  • Perpetual “Flash Calendar” display
  • Moser compatible escapement (beating at 18.000bph and changed in 6 places) that works on the assistance operations
  • 7-day of force hold declared (yet more in the truth) with two enormous barrels

The completing of the development is wonderful, with cleaned edges, Moser run of the mill twofold stripping, straight grained steel parts and enormous screwed gold chatons. The visual fascination come from the star-wheel that demonstrate the jump year. This development has a 34mm width that fills the enormous case however stay thin at just 5.8mm thick.

What H. Moser did with this Pioneer Perpetual Calendar is to bring a reliable watch. In fact, few are the lively perpetual calendars that bodes well, essentially in light of the fact that their presentation is excessively traditional or too complex to even consider befitting the style of a games watch – and the equivalent goes with a tourbillon, with watches finishing off with being very gimmicky. Here, gratitude to the spotless and smart presentation, Moser accomplished to a have a decent development of the assortment, with an important easygoing QP. The cost, defended by the complex development, remains rather robust, regardless of whether lower than other QPs from the brand, at CHF 39,900 (€ 38k in Euros) – other QPs from Moser start around CHF 55,000. More subtleties on  www.h-moser.com .


Technical Specifications – H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Perpetual Calendar

  • Case: 42.8mm breadth x 11.3mm stature – hardened steel, cleaned and brushed – sapphire precious stone on the two sides – 120m water resistant
  • Dial: 12 PM blue fumé dial, applied files, radiant dabs – leaf hands loaded up with brilliant paint
  • Movement: calibre HMC 800, in-house – manual winding – 18,000 Vib/h – least 7-day power save – hours, minutes, little seconds, power hold and momentary perpetual calendar
  • Strap: dark crocodile lash with steel pin-buckle
  • Reference: 3800-1200
  • Price: CHF 39,900