H. Moser & Cie Beyond balance-springs, the spirit of enterprise

— The brand got a new lease on life under the impetus of the Meylan family, which has been investing for the past two years in the production facilities and in training.

Manufacture H. Moser & Cie

Passionate watchmaking devotees know just how complicated making an apparently simple Replica Watches can be. The inhabitants of Schaffhausen and Neuhausen am Rheinfall are well aware of what their great-grandparents owe to Heinrich Moser, who devoted part of his life to industrializing the region in the 19th century. Their gratitude has indeed led them to set up the Moser Familienmuseum Charlottenfels. The founding entrepreneur would be proud to see the brand getting a new lease on life under the impetus of the Meylan family, which has been investing for the past two years in the production facilities of H. Moser & Cie, as well as in training, in order to perpetuate the brand’s characteristic spirit of innovation.

The German-speaking part of Switzerland is home to just a handful of Rolex Replica watches Manufactures, and H. Moser is the only one to produce its own balance-springs. Well-known to informed collectors, its double balance-spring featuring an atypical design should see a slight increase in production volumes over the medium term in order to equip new models and respond to demand from such connoisseurs. This very special department within the Manufacture is continuing to explore new paths by working on alloys such as PE3000, as well as the thinness and the construction of the balance-springs.


Edouard Meylan H.Moser & Cie

Edouard Meylan, CEO.

Such an approach involves heavy investments for a small Manufacture with a 35-strong workforce: an independent metal-drawing mill and stabilized rolling-mill with 0.1-micron resolution; along with new tools dedicated to mainspring-winding which determines the shape of the balance-spring; vacuum heat treatment to stabilise the shape at 600°C; laser technology to remove material at the exact computer-determined angle and adjust potential imbalances… The level of complexity is truly exceptional.

H. Moser & Cie develops three types of balance-spring with Breguet-type, flat or double curves, and its Precision Engineering subsidiary can produce 5,000 units per year to deliver to other brands which are extremely keen to order them. After taking the helm of the firm in 2012, Edouard Meylan and the core members of the MELB family holding company initially focused on industrialization and on improving quality and productivity. This approach took a variety of forms, such as integrating the escapement into the movement and dividing by three the time required to assemble a perpetual calendar, while simultaneously developing new calibers, especially self-winding ones.

Other machines then appeared, designed to speed up response times, such as those dedicated to the profile-turning of balance wheels, staffs and screws including those for oscillating weights; as well as a stamping press for levers, bolts, escapement bridges and gold rotors. Exemplifying a wealth of refined finishes, the Côtes Moser motif creates a truly splendid decorative effect.

In concrete terms, the rejuvenation of the brand located near the Rhine falls enables it to offer 27 references in its historical Endeavour collection, as well as a new line presented at Baselworld and named Venturer. The latter is in particular distinguished by the first tourbillon model from H. Moser & Cie, inspired by its famous Dualtime.


Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time.
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When Replica Watches history repeats itself

Joan of Arc at the coronation of Charles VII in Reims cathedral (1865) by Ladislaus Bakalowicz

A scholar of the history of France may well come across the figure of Charles VII, a monarch with a turbulent reign. He is remembered as Charles the Victorious, for having put an end to the bloody Hundred Years War which, for more than a century, pitted French against English for the control of duchies. A good many historians, however, refer to Charles less as Victorious and more often as Well Served. For though he undoubtedly showed courage, he owed a large part of his success to some extraordinary figures and their endeavours: not only the noble paladins who led his troops, but also Joan of Arc, Jacques Cœur and Jean Bureau. The Maid of Orleans revived a country in a state of disarray; the merchant restructured its finances and administration; the commander perfected its artillery. Thus Charles VII was “well served” by some singular talents, thanks to which he emerged as “victorious”.

This leads me to reflect on the world in which we evolve, which is that of luxury Swiss Replica Watches products. It has its share of more or less absolute monarchs who are commonly viewed as “victorious”, and rightly so, but who are without any doubt “well served” on numerous occasions by a team whose value is not always fully acknowledged.

Let us be clear about this: it is only right that the successes the leading luxury Maisons enjoy in their markets should be ascribed to the foresight of their chiefs. Yet it is equally true that, beyond the genius of the creative directors, the world’s media tends to overlook the talented craftsmen and women to give top management an unprecedentedly high profile. In certain instances, the chairman or managing director becomes more popular than the creative teams who toil at their service – and as for the master Rolex Replica watchmakers, what can I say! As though they had no desire for their moment in the spotlight which, in a not so distant past and particularly in fashion, was firmly trained on the designer or artistic director.

Such an outcome is surely well-deserved. While the product and the customer will always be the foundations of a Maison’s success, it is no less true that the global economy demands strategic choices which only an enlightened mind can take; choices which require the distinctive vision of an intelligent, well-prepared person. What we do tend to forget, however, is that behind these stellar personalities there is almost inevitably a team. The very top bosses aren’t gods; they are excellent resource managers who know how to get the best from their teams, and unite these talents into a global vision. To attribute an almost sacral omniscience to the executive is both misleading and unfair to these teams.

Let’s draw a lesson from history and remember that victory is earned by a chief and his army together. As for Charles VII, I have no idea whether he ever thanked Joan of Arc but we are told he never lifted a finger to save her from death at the stake. Well served, but clearly not well mannered.

DeWitt New website

— DeWitt launches its new Cheap Replica Watches website.

DeWitt new website

DeWitt new Replica Rolex Watches website offers comprehensive information about the collections and the history of the brand, created in 2003 by Jérôme de Witt, a direct descendant of the Emperor Napoléon.

Other sections of the website include the technical know-how, creative design, news and client philosophy. A list of the points of sale in the whole world is also available.