The H. Moser Streamliner Centre Seconds Matrix Green doesn’t look like any of the other stainless steel integrated bracelet watches that have been trending in 2019 and 2020. It follows the design of the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph released at the beginning of the year, but this time around, it features a time-only configuration and a brilliant green fumé dial. The stainless steel integrated bracelet sports watch can often be full of designs that are certainly iconic, but often appear derivative. That’s because most of the designs stem from two creations from one man, Gerald Genta: the Royal Oak and Nautilus.
But the Streamliner pulls inspiration from an unlikely place – an aesthetic that was born in America during The Great Depression.
In the ’30s, aerodynamic streamlining transformed locomotive design. It allowed trains to travel much faster and more efficiently, and drag-reducing body panels gave the train a look that’s reminiscent of bullet trains of today, even though the design is almost a century old. The streamlined trains were characterized by large, rounded, unadorned panels that lacked any sort of ornamentation. Horizontal lines gave the impression of speed. Aircraft of the era shared this design language as well; take a look at a Douglas DC-3, which entered service in 1935. The plane not only exemplified streamlined design, but it changed air travel forever. Now passengers could take a single plane, with three refueling stops, across the country.
The new Streamliner Centre Seconds Matrix Green shares a design language with the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph. They both feature the same rounded curves that emulate those of the trains that came to define the Streamlined moderne style of the ’30s. The 40mm case, along with the integrated bracelet, contains very few straight lines, instead favoring arcs that come together to form fluid lines of the case and bracelet that gracefully articulate around the wrist.
Jack remarked of the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph, “The watch is also resounding proof that yes, you can design an integrated bracelet, stainless steel sports watch in 2020 that does not seem derivative of previous designs (and kudos to Moser for not inflicting a blue dial on it). This would be an interesting aesthetic to see carried over to a time-only watch as well, with the proportions tweaked appropriately.”
All of what made the original Streamliner design fresh and unexpected is present in the time-only version. While blue has emerged as the de rigueur color for stainless steel sports watches with integrated bracelets over the last few years, H. Moser has settled on a green fumé dial, dubbed “Matrix Green” for this execution of the Streamliner. Fumé simply means “smoked,” and H. Moser has specialized in this dial treatment. It’s a signature touch from Moser that bolsters the strong visual identity that ties this radical design directly to H. Moser
In place of the caliber HMC 902 in the chronograph that introduced us to the Streamliner aesthetic is the time-only HMC 200. It’s been used in H. Moser’s Pioneer, Endeavor, and Heritage lines before. Another element that’s also shared with the Pioneer series is the Globolight inserts that form the 3D hands. The material is ceramic-based, and includes Super-LumiNova. The Globolight lends an element of tool-watch-like functionality to the watch that, along with the fifth-second alternating seconds track, puts the “sport” in “sports watch.”
Leave it to H. Moser to go a different direction than everyone else. As Jack pointed out, it’s fantastic that they didn’t inflict a blue dial on the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph. With that being said, green dials are quickly becoming the new blue dial – but let’s not forget, Moser has been championing the green dial since the beginning.
The amount of real estate that radial brushing takes up on the front side of the case is nothing short of impressive. The contrasting polishing that puts the crisp radial brush front and center, along with the fifth-seconds track, point to an aesthetic that hasn’t been incorporated into watch design since the ’70s, with a crop of tool watches that were all about the funk (think Omega’s Flightmaster or Speedmaster MkII). And that’s what I love about the Streamliner family: It brings the funk in a package that’s elegant and visually appealing to folks who might not be prone to appreciate the individual design elements that make up the watch – all with a caliber that’s made entirely in-house (the escapement is produced by Precision Engineering AG, a sister company of Moser) and executed with the level of finishing that’s consistent with all of Moser’s watches. Name another stainless steel sports watch that brings together a caliber with that level of sophistication and design elements from The Great Depression and ’70s tool watches.
Brand: H. Moser & Cie.
Model: Streamliner Centre Seconds
Reference Number: Reference 6200-1200
Thickness: 11.8mm (measurement includes crystal)
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: Matrix Green
Lume: Present in the form of Globolight
Water Resistance: 100m
Strap/Bracelet: Bracelet, integrated
Caliber: HMC 200
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Frequency: 21,600 vph
Pricing & Availability
Price: $ 21,900
Availability: Authorized H. Moser retailers.
Limited Edition: No
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