Released in January 2020, just before the pandemic, the Streamliner paved an entirely new road for indie watchmaker H. Moser & Cie. Despite these unusual circumstances, the watch has been a tremendous success, which can be explained by the combination of luxury sports watch elements with an unusually fluid shape (which explains its name). Initially released as a limited edition of 100 pieces, equipped with a superb automatic chronograph movement by Agenhor (now part of the MELB Group), the Streamliner has grown into an entire collection with time-only, tourbillon and perpetual calendar models. It is now time for the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph to undergo a slight update, entering its 2.0 phase.
Don’t expect drastic changes here, the watch you’re looking at today is still 99% the same as this non-limited funky blue edition released in late 2020. The basics are thus untouched, and we surely can’t complain about that. The originality of this collection is intact, with its rounded curves, dynamic forms and overall fluidity that recalls the very first high-speed trains from the Twenties and Thirties, also known as the streamlined trend. The case and the bracelet are designed as a whole and the fluid lines of the bracelet actually dictated the shape of the case. In a segment where angular cases and bezels are kings, the Streamliner felt refreshing. 42.3mm in diameter and with a relative thickness of 14mm, it features a cool radially brushed finish on top, and remains a proper sports watch with a dynamic water-resistance of 120m – indeed, you can use the chronograph and flyback underwater.
As said, the bracelet is an integral part of the design and is a joy to wear. Composed of large single links with an almost organic feel, it is closed by a triple folding clasp. And if no micro-adjustment has been included, the brand offers half-links to make it as comfortable as possible. The dial, apart from a single detail, hasn’t changed. It retains its classic fumé (smoked/gradient) funly blue colour, tachymeter scale on the periphery and hands with Globolight inserts. The display consists of central seconds and minutes indications for the chronograph, both concerned by the flyback feature. The one detail that has changed is the logo, which is now made using transparent lacquer… almost like a secret signature, a reminder of the pre-eminence of the product.
Inside the case is the same calibre HMC 907, a movement that is also known as the AgenGraphe and that has been developed by talented movement maker Agenhor (which has been integrated into the same group as H. Moser recently). The architecture, an automatic column-wheel chronograph with an innovative horizontal clutch with a friction wheel (to avoid any issues when the teeth intermesh and reduce unwanted jerks), is the same as before, and so are th 3Hz frequency and 54h power reserve. It has been refreshed with new decoration, including Moser stripes angled at 45° and anthracite grey rhodium plating on the bridges and main plate.
Now available and part of the permanent collection, the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic Funky Blue 2.0 is priced at CHF 45,000. For more information, please visit h-moser.com.
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