Passion for innovation and entrepreneurial heritage
The brand story begins at the turn of the 19th century with Heinrich Moser, a young entrepreneur destined to forge his own path.
Born in Schaffhausen into a family of watchmakers, he followed in the footsteps of his forefathers and learned the watchmaking trade. After making his way to St Petersburg and becoming the go-to specialist for the aristocrats, he founded H. Moser & Cie. in 1828, building a factory which employed several hundred artisans in Switzerland. It is estimated that he produced around 500,000 watches in his lifetime. These watches ranged from basic three-hand watches to 'grande complications'. Heinrich Moser is also well known for his involvement in the industrialisation of Schaffhausen, most notably the building of the first Swiss dam featuring hydro-mechanical turbines to produce energy, and the rest, one can say, is
This spirit of entrepreneurship has always been at the core of H. Moser & Cie. as the brand pursued its development under the leadership of a few entrepreneurs through the 19th, 20th and today at the start of the 21st century it continues to be its driving force. Rather than simply recreating the past and following the mainstream, the brand strives to create their own future, just as Heinrich Moser did so many generations ago. And while the founder may not be here to guide the brand today, Heinrich Moser’s descendants play an active role at H. Moser & Cie. and continue to uphold his legacy.
Nowadays, this almost bicentennial brand remains one of the few independents, family-owned and run, watch companies in existence. With a completely integrated Manufacture, H. Moser & Cie. is able to ensure that every hand–made watch corresponds to the values of the brand. From designing and producing their own in-house mechanical movements, to the intricate reshaping and hardening of each individual hairspring, the resulting watches are true works of art. You can find the brand on our Watches of Switzerland US website as well as in our Watches of Switzerland showrooms at the Wynn Resort, Las Vegas and Soho, New York. Our teams are trained in the history, heritage, and collections of H. Moser & Cie. and will be delighted to take any client through the pieces.