There is minimalism, and then there is the H. Moser & Cie. Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black. On the watch dial there is only a flying tourbillon at six o’clock. Aside from this complication, the model with its black dial and rectangular case is reminiscent of an Apple Watch.
Designed with a outline that one could possibly mistake for an Apple Watch from afar, the Swiss Alp Watch features a rectangle-shaped body and a crown on the side, but what is notable would be that the front does not possess a screen or hands. The watch gives the time acoustically via the minute repeater by the hand-wound caliber HMC 901. A button on the side of the watch body allows one to summon the chime. The watch is using chimes to indicate what time of the day it is. This seems like an entirely new approach, but the technology was widely used in the past. Back then the use of electricity was still limited and it was too dark to see, the practical solution was using sound.
Technically speaking, this model from H. Moser & Cie. is typically complex. The platinum case has been hollowed out to accept the form-shape movement and provide excellent resonance. A flat hairspring beating at 3Hz will run for a minimum of 87 hours on a full wind. The watch itself is 45.8mm x 39.8mm and is 11mm thick, making it rather substantial, especially in platinum.
The only other thing you can see from the front is the flying tourbillon at six o’clock which has a skeletonized bridge and rotates once per minute. According to H. Moser & Cie, the hand-wound HMC 901 caliber was developed with the help of MHC Manufactures Hautes Complications SA, who are experts in the making of repeaters. Aside from the tiny chimes and gongs, the caliber also boasts a resonance chamber to amplify the sounds and provide purer tones. The workings of the movement are visible through the sapphire crystal on the reverse.
The time is set via the crown that only shows the graduations when it is pulled out. An engraved mark on the crown then allows time to be scaled. The Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black is worn on a black alligator leather strap with red lining. The retail price for the H. Moser & Cie. Swiss Alp Watch Concept Black will be a predictably affordable $350,000.