H. Moser & Cie.

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H. Moser & Cie Monard
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H. Moser & Cie. is a Swiss watch manufacturer, partially held by MELB Holding.

Heinrich Moser

Heinrich Moser (12.12.1805) founded H. Moser & Co. in 1828 in St. Petersburg and opened a watch factory in Le Locle the following year. Moser moved to Schaffhausen in 1848 and began developing industry in the area over the following decades. In 1868, he supported the American Florentine Ariosto Jones in founding the International Watch Company (IWC) in Schaffhausen, one of the major Swiss watch companies today. Moser died in 1874 and his fortune returned to Russia before being expropriated by the government in 1918.

The Moser company in Le Locle continued production of pocket watches, moving to wristwatch production in the 1950s. In 1979, during the quartz crisis, the Le Locle factory was taken over by Dixi Mechanique Group and the Moser name was retired.

Re-Establishment

In 2002 the watch company Moser Schaffhausen AG was founded by Dr. Jürgen Lange and the great-grandson of Heinrich Moser, Roger Nicholas Balsiger, together with private investors, in Neuhausen near Schaffhausen. At that time, Dr. Lange registered the brand H. Moser & Cie. internationally.

The first three H. Moser & Cie. watches premiered in 2005, the 200th birthday of the fouder. These were the Monard, Monard Date, and Mayu. The exclusive new movements, developed with the help of watchmaker Andreas Strehler, contained many novelties: A hardened escapement that needed no lubrication, a beryllium bronze "dragon-lever", conical winding wheels, and the "double-click" crown for quickset date. Simple functions like this would become a hallmark of the brand.

H. Moser & Cie. watches are known for their clean and simple dials. For example, the Strehler-designed Perpetual 1 (introduced at Baselworld 2006) hides the perpetual calendar with a tiny arrow hand rather than apertures and subdials. The Perpetual 1 concept remains in production as the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar and is the brand's best-known product.

Moser also became known for sophisticated dial production techniques and the use of the precious metal, palladium. In 2007, Moser introduced their own hairspring, co-produced with Precision Engineering AG of Schaffhausen.

In November, 2006 H. Moser & Cie. won one of the most prestigious prizes in the Swiss watch industry, the Best Complication prize at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, for the Perpetual 1. The Perpetual 1 also won the "Over € 25,000" category at the Goldene Unruh for 2010.

H. Moser & Cie. was taken over by the Meylan family in 2012 becoming part of MELB Holding.

Current Models

Address

Moser Schaffhausen AG
Rundbuckstrasse 10
CH-8212 Neuhausen am Rheinfall

T +41 52 674 0050
F +41 52 674 0055
info@h-moser.com

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