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Preserving precision: the art of caring for your H. Moser & Cie. timepiece

How to clean your H. Moser & Cie. watch

Owning a luxury timepiece isn’t just about telling time; it’s about making a statement, cherishing craftsmanship, and preserving a legacy. Watchmakers like H. Moser & Cie. epitomise this ethos, crafting watches that are both functional and breathtakingly beautiful. If you own such a masterpiece, it’s imperative to know how to care for it. Let’s delve into the do’s and don’ts of luxury watch care, courtesy of H. Moser & Cie.

Understanding the intricacies of your timepiece

Every luxury watch is a symphony of precision engineering and artistry. The movement’s delicate dance of gears, springs, and levers allows it to keep time, often with an accuracy that defies belief. Given their intricate nature, these watches require regular maintenance.

Timepieces from luxury Swiss brands like H. Moser & Cie. are wonders of mechanical engineering, featuring hundreds of parts working in perfect harmony. Appreciating this complexity is the first step in avoiding damage. Just like a high-performance car, a luxury watch needs regular check-ups. H. Moser & Cie. recommends servicing your watch every 4 to 5 years to ensure longevity and optimal performance.

Cleaning your watch: a step-by-step guide

Initial dusting: Begin using a soft brush to gently remove any dust or particles from the watch face and bracelet. This is particularly crucial for watches with detailed designs or engravings where dirt can accumulate.

The gentle wipe: Use a lint-free cloth, slightly dampened with lukewarm water, to wipe the watch. Make sure the cloth isn’t too wet, to prevent water intrusion.

Chemical-free cleaning: Luxury watches and chemicals are a bad mix. Always avoid cleaning agents, as they can tarnish the finish, damage leather straps,  or harm the watch’s delicate internal mechanisms.

Professional touch: If your watch has been exposed to extreme conditions, like saltwater, consider a professional cleaning. H. Moser & Cie. have specialised services to ensure your watch is treated with the utmost care.

Storing your timepiece: best practices

The right box: While it might be tempting to display your watch on a stand or in a drawer, it’s best stored in its original box or a dedicated watch case. This not only protects it from external elements but also ensures it retains its value.

Throw some shade: Just as prolonged sun exposure isn’t great for our skin, it’s also detrimental to watches. Too much direct sunlight can damage the watch’s colour and even affect its movement, so make sure you store your timepiece in a cool, dry, shaded place.

Magnetic fields: Modern homes are filled with gadgets and devices, many of which emit magnetic fields which can have an effect on certain movements and complications. Whenever possible, keep your timepiece separate from these devices. 

Routine winding: For automatic watches, regular winding is essential. If you’re not wearing it daily, wind it every two weeks to keep the mechanics in motion.

Understanding resistance: H. Moser & Cie. timepieces come with varying degrees of water resistance, but it’s crucial to understand their limits. Before any exposure to moisture, check your watch’s water resistance rating. This will give you a clear idea of what it can handle. The water resistance in watches is often due to seals and gaskets. Over time, these can wear out and reduce the watch’s resistance to water, so regular checks and replacements are essential.

Tender Loving Care: cherishing your timepiece

A luxury watch isn’t just an accessory; it’s a statement, an investment, and a celebration of luxury craftsmanship and the pursuit of precision. Watchmakers like H. Moser & Cie. have dedicated centuries to refining this craft. By following the above guidelines, you’re not just maintaining a watch; you’re preserving a piece of history, ensuring it can be passed down and cherished for generations to come. In the end, remember that every tick of your luxury watch is a story, a moment, and a legacy. Treat it with the reverence it deserves, and it will stand the test of time, both functionally and aesthetically.

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