For our next Closer Looks, we head to H. Moser & Cie.‘s “THIRD DIMENSION” defining timepiece, the Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton. This piece of moving art for the wrist features high watchmaking in a fun and very distinct package. While it is sized at 42.8 mm, the architecture of this Pioneer splits each unique aspect of the watch apart into its own sections, avoiding an overpowering solid mass on the arm but maintaining full wrist presence — it is distracting in a good way.
The top 12 o’clock position sees a domed subdial in Funky Blue, and while it would feel like the size of the sub-dial is a bit too small for legibility, the fact that it is time-only and Globolight-lumed is more than enough as the wearer will most likely be finding themself admiring the one-minute flying cylindrical tourbillon that sits below and the gorgeous skeletonization that flanks both components to give the watch a sense of weightlessness.
Another surprising detail of this watch, from a functional standpoint, is the 120 meters of water resistance and the screw-down crown. While the watch exudes the qualities of a dress watch, it is robust enough to take with on your travels given its pressure rating and 74 hours of power reserve. It also has a display back to show off the impressive self-winding HMC 811 three-dimensional Manufacture calibre. Though this watch does satisfy a lot of requirements that seasoned collectors look for in a watch, given its capabilities that make it a very wearable watch, I would love to see H. Moser & Cie. produce a rubber strap for it. The H. Moser & Cie. Pioneer Cylindrical Tourbillon Skeleton is currently priced at $86,900 USD and is matched with a black alligator leather strap and steel folding clasp.
In other watch news, Panerai drops power boat-inspired Submersible S BRABUS Blue Shadow Edition.