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Watchmakers are always looking for ways to innovate and come up with new designs for horologists. But what happens when an exclusive collector's group collaborates with a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer? The result is a dual-time timepiece with a bidirectional bezel for $15,900.
Collective Horology, an exclusive, Silicon Valley-based collector's group with members all around the US, partnered with H.Moser & Cie. to create the Pioneer Centre Seconds Rotating Bezel C.02 for Collective. The limited-edition watch features a bi-directional rotating travel bezel, a vibrant green dial, and an HMC 200 self-winding calibre. It's also water-resistant to depths of 12 ATM (approximately 400 feet) and has a sturdy case of steel designed to accompany adventure travelers around the world for a whole year.
"Some inspiration came from the launch of our Streamliner collection earlier this year, and [Collective Horology's] idea to use them to take a modern approach to the Pioneer collection," Edouard Meylan, CEO of H.Moser & Cie, told Departures. "With big block hands and a bidirectional rotating bezel for a second-time zone. This is the first time H.Moser & Cie has featured a bidirectional bezel, and it will be our first dual-time watch."
He added, "It was challenging, not only from a creative standpoint but also because of production and sourcing limitations during the lockdown, but I think the resulting watch speaks for itself."
"When we started the company, we wanted to build a space where people who love watches," Asher Rapkin, Co-Founder of Collective Horology, told us. "Our watches, only available to Collective members are our calling card, and the C.02, our newest release, is designed to be the 'rare travel watch'—a watch that is not only filled with details that will appeal to lovers of horology but also mark the wearer as a member of our community."
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Co-founder Gabe Reilly added, "Our collaborative pieces are built to tie that community together."
What's even more special about the Pioneer that Collective also partnered with Standard & Strange in California to design a custom matching leather jacket, dubbing it "the one leather jacket a traveling gentleman would need." The inside pockets are green, matching the green fume dial. Plus, once the watch launches, Collective Horology will also open up their group to a few more members for the first time in two years.