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— 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.

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