How much more black can H. Moser & Cie. get? None more black

H. Moser & Cie. is doing two crazy things in this crazy time. First, it is starting to sell its pieces online, something that a storied old house like this one would have never done even a few years ago.

“With a selection of models available right now, this service has been designed as an opportunity to allow watch enthusiasts anywhere in the world to acquire a Moser timepiece, at any time of the day or night,” the company writes. In other words, these old folks have discovered e-commerce, 20 years too late.

Now for the good stuff: they are selling their Venturer Vantablack Black Hands online and it is a striking piece. The face is coated in Vantablack, the blackest material ever produce, and they feature black hands as well, ensuring you’ll probably have a lot of trouble telling the time as you party with the vampire set.

From the release:

H. Moser & Cie. showcases Vantablack? on the dial of its Venturer Vantablack? Black Hands, available in a choice of two diameters (39 mm and 43 mm for the XL version), and its Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack? Black Hands model. With neither logo nor indices, this dial is the manufacture’s ode to minimalism and understatement. Ultra-contemporary, pared down, and timeless. 

Vantablack? is the blackest black ever produced by artificial means. It is composed of carbon nanotubes that are 10,000 times finer than a human hair, aligned vertically alongside each other. When a photon hits Vantablack?, this material absorbs 99.965% of the light. As our eyes need reflected light to perceive what we are looking at, Vantablack? is perceived as the absence of matter, a black hole. Although it?s resistant to shocks and vibrations, Vantablack? remains a material which is extremely delicate to handle. H. Moser & Cie. had to put a structure in place and develop special processes to successfully work with this material. Once behind the sapphire crystal, Vantablack? is protected as if in a safe. There, it can express itself completely and seems to radiate the full power of its perfect blackness. 

The watch comes in a tourbillon edition as well.

Now for the bad news. The tourbillon model costs a mere CHF 69,000 or a hearty $70,849.89 and the regular model costs $25K. That said you can pop over to H. Moser’s website and pick it up. I bet they’ll even throw in free shipping.

John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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