In the crowded realm of classical three-hand watches, the H. Moser & Cie Pioneer Centre Seconds is an extremely rare find. But you may not realise this at first glance, because the magic of this elegant gentleman's watch lies in a profusion of special touches indicative of Swiss craftsmanship.
Run your fingers along the smooth curves of the case. Admire the beauty of the sunray finished fumé dial – that alone is an experience unlike any other. Inspect each and every facetted hour marker and those beautifully polished hands. Pore over the finely finished self-winding Calibre HMC 200, which is completely manufactured in-house.
See that balance spring and escapement? H. Moser & Cie is one of only a handful of watch companies equipped with the know-how to fabricate its own regulatory components. Yet the Pioneer Centre Seconds is not your average gent's watch.
It is better described as an all-terrain watch. The perfect point where dressy meets adventurous, as evinced by the following: deep water resistance, long power reserve, superb legibility and great ergonomics. It is a luxury watch created to be worn, and most importantly enjoyed, no matter where life takes you. Both work and play, indoors and outdoors, from day to night, and repeat.
In many ways, the Pioneer Centre Seconds reminded us of Michael Callahan, the charming founding bartender of 28HKS. He and his team at 28 are often credited for pioneering the city's cocktail movement and putting Singapore's bar scene on the world map by nabbing awards left, right, and centre. Since opening 28, the fitness-obsessed (he once challenged himself to achieve zero per cent body fat), style-conscious Callahan has opened almost 50 bars all over the world in the last seven years as a consultant. If all that doesn't embody boldness, refinement, grit and versatility, we don't know what does.