It seems appropriate at this point to come right out and say that watches are almost like people to me, in that I see them as having distinct personalities. I don’t know if this is obvious to anyone else — it can’t just be me who feels this, right? It’s not as weird as it sounds. I don’t think watches are sentient or anything like that, but they are human artefacts, and carry very human intentions with them, the marks of their creation and creators.
Some watches are unreservedly good for you. They engage you intellectually, they introduce new, broadening perspectives into your worldview — a well-made perpetual calendar can easily do this by embodying concepts of cyclical time, bringing in statements about the wider arcs of the universe, possessing a spatially concise and robustly formed movement.
Other watches — we won’t point fingers — are decidedly less of an elevating presence in your life. In terms of design and concept, they emphasise (and hence validate and encourage) qualities such as untempered aggression, unconstrained self-indulgence or obnoxious attention seeking. Some even represent, or are the products of, distressingly regressive ideas about culture or gender roles.
Then you have the H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Calendar “Funky Blue”. Leaving aside the name, which you may find either endearing or off-key, this is the watch you’d meet and, within two encounters, want to take home to introduce to the parental units.
The Endeavour case shape is pure classicism with a smart streak. The substantial heft of it combined with the barely tapered lugs creates that reassuring air, while the concave bezel stops it from being too serious or heavy. Not quite sure what I mean? Try imagining a flat or convex bezel on the watch and you’ll very quickly see. It’s the difference between looking grown up and superannuated.
The dial is a variation of Moser’s signature fumé dial, sunray brushed with an overlay of graduated colour ranging from the lightest springtime azure to shadowed ultramarine. I’m not a massive fan of the colour blue, but even I can sense the tranquillity radiating steadily from that dial. The slim baton indices are deliciously strict, gorgeously balanced by the swelling curves of the hands — the same sort of feeling you get from a beautiful girl with glasses.
And it’s so easy and intuitive to read, despite having some serious brains behind it as a perpetual calendar. That’s not something you see a lot: high intelligence with an open, clear expression. If you find one, take it home, that’s what I say. It’s a keeper, says our esteemed colleague Israel Ortega, managing editor of REVOLUTION Mexico, and I think we can all agree with him on that.
The H. Moser Endeavour Perpetual Calendar “Funky Blue” — that name, though! — won’t just be good for you. It’ll also be good to you.