— Is there such thing as an entry-level tourbillon? Just a few years ago the concept would have been laughable, but thanks to rapid advances in manufacturing, we’ve been able to see different tourbillon models approach the realm of general accessibility. This year at SIHH, H. Moser & Cie. is tossing its hat into the ring of approachable tourbillons with the Pioneer Tourbillon, a new model intent on making the classic complication more wearable than ever before. The Pioneer Tourbillon features a flying tourbillon with a double flat hairspring that offers a three-day power reserve. It’s sized at 42.8 mm in diameter and 10.8 mm in height, without considering the domed sapphire crystal. The case features structured sides that are finished with a vertical fluting that has become a recognizable trait of the sporty Pioneer line. The dial features Moser’s recognizable dégradé-style fumé coloration in midnight blue with luminous indexes and hands all surrounded by a 42.8-mm stainless-steel case. Thanks, in part, to the addition of a screw-down crown, the Pioneer Tourbillon has been specced to a water resistance rating of 120 meters.
Inside the watch is the automatic HMC 804 manufacture caliber with a solid 18-karat red gold oscillating weight that uses a bi-directional pawl winding system to reduce the time needed to wind the watch to its maximum three-day power reserve. The new model comes on either a black alligator leather strap or, to enhance the sportier appeal, a black rubber strap. The H. Moser & Cie. Pioneer Tourbillon is limited to 50 total pieces and is priced at $49,900.