It is rare to see two or more brands joining hands to create their own limited-edition novelties. Achieving this feat, the new H. Moser x MB&F Streamliner Pandamonium (Ref. 6906-1200) watch has been launched. The watchmakers collaborated for the first time in 2020 when they presented the LM101 H. Moser x MB&F watch in green, red, and blue. The second timepiece — born of a collaboration between Maximilian Büsser and Edouard Meylan to raise funds for the Monegasque Association that combats Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy — is a one-off piece, dedicated to music. It was showcased at the just-concluded Geneva Watch Days.
The new watch is also meant for the Only Watch auction. In 2005, Luc Pettavino founded Only Watch in collaboration with the watch industry. The objective is to promote therapeutic advancements for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disorder that impacts approximately 1 in 3,500 boys and progressively weakens all muscles. The new collab watch comes in a 42.3 mm steel case with an aquamarine fume dial and leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, placed off-centre, at 2 o'clock.
At the centre of the dial is the MB&F’s iconic flying balance wheel with two hairsprings while at 10 o’clock, there is a minute repeater complication with two hammers and gongs that circle the dial. Right between the gongs is a miniature panda, hand-created in white gold, decorated entirely by hand, with turntables and a mixing desk at 10 o’clock. The panda is created in such a way that it looks like mixing music on two turntables while wearing headphones. It should also be noted that the turntables are fitted on the axis of the hammers and move as the mechanism operates.
The hairspring helps in reducing friction and allows for better precision in time-keeping. Next, the balance wheel is connected via a V-shaped bridge, which is slightly bent. Insofar as the minute repeater is concerned, the steel case facilitates better sound generation, with the hours, quarter-hours, and minutes chiming in. The slide that activates the repeater is on the left side of the case, fitted on a Teflon runner to ensure that it slides smoothly and is built into the mainplate to save space. There are two gongs visible on the dial — a flat coil and an upper coil, positioned one on top of the other. The case middle has been hollowed out in order to accommodate the movement while creating a sound box.
The watch is powered by a three-dimensional manual-winding HMC 906 calibre with a minimum power reserve of 54 hours. To be able to integrate the calibre from the top of the case, a removable bezel has been created. The movement features anthracite grey rhodium-plating on the bridges and the mainplate, with the famous horizontal double Moser stripes.
Turning the watch over showcases the see-through sapphire crystal caseback, displaying the whole movement with the engraving of ‘Unique Piece’ and a stainless steel oscillating weight. The watch gets a screw-down crown, adorned with a panda paw print. Finishing the watch is an integrated steel bracelet with a folding clasp with three steel blades, engraved with the Moser hallmark.