Vantablack Black Hands
Here’s What Vantablack, One of the World’s Darkest Materials, Looks Like in a Wristwatch
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H. Moser & Cie is a Swiss watch brand famous for doing, well, whatever the hell they want, like making a watch out of cheese. (No, really — these guys love to poke fun at their own industry.) They also make utterly incredible complicated watches such as this moon phase and this funky chronograph. And this bonkers Flying Hours.
So given all this haute horlogerie, you wouldn’t be remiss to think that maison’s latest three SKUs are perhaps a bit…tame by comparison. But the devil’s in the details, so to speak, and the details here are…black. Like, really, really black.
Moser has made use of Vantablack, “blackest black ever produced by artificial means,” in three new models. What does “blackest black ever” mean, exactly? Because I never made it to high school physics (I was too busy playing the saxophone at the time), I’m just going to quote Moser here: “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.”
Holy shit, a black hole. In a watch. What? You’re wearing a black hole!
Anyway, back to new watches. The new Venturer Vantablack® Black Hands is available in two different case diameters: 39mm in white gold, and 43mm in steel. There’s also a new DLC-coated steel Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack® Black Hands model, for those of you who like antiquated carryover pocket watch technology in your wristwatches. And as is typically the case when Moser does their minimalist thing, these watches look good — all dial, very little in the way of ostentation or ornamentation, and great proportions. (Certainly all three, despite blacked-out handsets, are more legible than the April Fool’s Day model the brand posted on Instagram.)
The smaller 39mm white gold Black Hands model features a curved sapphire crystal, sapphire crystal display case back, handwound HMC 327 Manufacture calibre with three-day power reserve, and a hand-stitched black alligator leather strap. The larger 43mm steel Black Hands model is also a time-only watch — it features the same crystals, movement and strap. The Endeavour Tourbillon Vantablack Black Hands is a limited edition of 50 pieces in a black DLC-coated 42mm case featuring the HMC 804 self-winding Manufacture calibre with one-minute tourbillon and three-day power reserve, visible through a sapphire case back. It also ships on a a hand-stitched black alligator leather strap.
Pricing is in line with typical H. Moser offerings (read: it ain’t cheap): $26,600 for the XL in stainless steel; $27,600 for the white gold version; and $69,000 for the limited edition, stainless steel DLC tourbillon. The good news is that H. Moser is opening a new e-comm platform, meaning you can finally purchase their wares directly on their website. So, if you’ve got both the scratch and the itch for something really, really black, you should be able to satisfy your needs with one of these three new Mosers.
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