Two of the biggest names in independent watchmaking have come together to produce not one, but two watches
The independent watchmaking space is a cosy one, and indeed MB&F and H. Moser & Cie have a working relationship that stretches back more than 10 years – since, in fact, Moser’s sister company Precision Engineering began manufacturing balance springs for MB&F.
Over the past few years, as both companies carved out stronger niches for themselves, the time felt right for a partnership.
“We are two independent brands that respect each other a lot," says Moser CEO Edouard Meylan, citing MB&F’s founder Maximilian Büsser as an inspiration. “We started, in a way, looking up to Max as this pioneering figure in independent watchmaking, always asking him for tips, et cetera. And slowly, as Moser grew and became an important brand amongst independents, it became more of a balanced relationship."
Its counterpart LM101 has embraced Moser’s minimalism. Centred around a pair of matched balance springs, the LM101 eschews any sort of indicator, leaving Moser-style leaf-shaped hands stark on the dial, next to the exposed mechanism.
“It’s really about friendship, about working together, and it all started with the hairspring," Meylan says. “That’s why the hairspring is at the centre." He also believes that both products represent each of their brands well. “That’s what we wanted – two products where people say: ‘is that the MB&F or is that the Moser?’" he explains.
Both timepieces are available only in steel cases and in a selection of colours of Moser’s signature fume dials: five for the Endeavour Cylindrical Tourbillon and four for the LM101. Each colour is limited to 15 pieces – a nod to MB&F’s founding 15 years ago, and to Moser’s relaunch the same year.