If you spent your teenage years in the early 80s —just like we did—, Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry are no strangers to you. Listening to Roxy Music's 'More Than This' was probably a daily ritual as we all witnessed the song climb through the music charts in 1982. "More than this, there is nothing" and that line from the song lyrics stays true to the intrinsic beauty of this magnificent execution from our friends at H. Moser & Cie. The new Endeavour Small Seconds Bryan Ferry Limited Edition available in a 100-piece limited edition in 18K rose gold is "as free as the wind" and "like a dream in the night". Music poetry aside, the Endeavour Small Seconds Bryan Ferry is one of those limited editions that maintains all of the aspects of the brand's DNA untouched by just adding a very subtle touch to the overall watch design. A touch, that almost flies under the radar unless you really pay enough attention to the bottom of the dial.
Widely regarded as the embodiment of the glamorous and romantic worlds evoked by his songs, Ferry is also lauded as an icon of sartorial and personal cool and as an accomplished designer in his own right. Having studied Fine Art under Richard Hamilton at Newcastle, Ferry is also known for creating the legendary Roxy Music album covers. Thanks to U2's Adam Clayton —a friend and big fan of H. Moser & Cie.—, Bryan Ferry learned about the brand and expressed his desire to collaborate in the creation of a special limited edition. The watch bears his name in the most tasteful and discreet way at 6 o'clock. "It was fun for a while, there was no way of knowing, like a dream in the night, who can say where we're going. No care in the world, maybe I'm learning, why the sea on the tide, has no way of turning". By replacing the traditional 'Swiss Made' signature with 'Bryan Ferry', this special limited edition watch is simply perfect. As Mies van der Rohe once said: "less is more".
Featuring a white dial with Arabic numerals and minute chapter ring, the Endeavour Small Seconds Bryan Ferry is simply elegant and classic. With subsidiary seconds at 6 o'clock, blued Breguet open tip hands and a few red accents here and there, the Endeavour Small Seconds Bryan Ferry is "as free as the wind, and hopefully learning, why the sea on the tide, has no way of turning. More than this, there is nothing, more than this, tell me one thing, more than this, there is nothing."
The Case, Strap & Crown
The H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Small Seconds Bryan Ferry Limited Edition is equipped with a 38.8 mm 18K rose gold case with the now traditional Moser ergonomic case design with the most fascinating curves on its case band and case back. The watch is fitted with a classic looking brown calf leather strap with solid 18K rose gold pin buckle with engraved Moser logo, making it a perfect daily wearer that goes well with any outfit and in any occasion. The watch is rounded out by the slightly conical-shaped H. Moser winding crown.
Visible via the display case back one can admire the beautiful in-house manual wound calibre HMC 321 that beats at a frequency of 18,000 vph to provide a power reserve of 3 days. The movement is fitted with 27 jewels, original Straumann Hairspring with stabilised Breguet overcoil, pallet fork and escapement wheel made from gold and with a handy power reserve indicator. All movement components are hand finished and so beautifully decorated that they are a real treat for the eyes.
On the Wrist & Pricing
On the wrist, the H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Small Seconds Bryan Ferry Limited Edition wears more like a 39 mm or even a 40 mm timepiece with very special wrist presence for those of us that know that there isn't "more than this". Wearing a watch that only very few can have, makes one feel very special and even more when that watch, takes you back to a golden era like no other. Long live the 80s!
Sticker Price $16,000 USD. For more info on H. Moser & Cie. click here.