H. Moser & Cie. and Room to Read are strengthening their partnership at two gala dinners in London and Zurich where two unique pieces specially created by the Schaffhausen-based Manufacture will be auctioned in aid of Room to Read and its mission to transform the lives of millions of children through education, creating a world free from illiteracy and gender inequality.
To create these two pieces, H. Moser & Cie. asked for the imagination of children supported by Room to Read’s Literacy Program in India and Sri Lanka; these children made drawings which would then be hand-painted by an artist on the dials of these unique pieces.
Room to Read is a global organisation founded on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children® and has benefitted more than 16.8 million children across 16 countries and 37,000 communities. H. Moser & Cie. and Room to Read share a common vision: education as the key to change, and as a lever which, by bringing all forces together, can lift up the world. By fostering a greater sense of responsibility and changing behaviour, it enables us to envisage a brighter future for our planet and for generations to come.
To reinforce its partnership with Room to Read, H. Moser & Cie. has crafted two very special unique pieces: with the help of Room to Read, the Manufacture asked two classes of young students receiving educational support from Room to Read, in India and Sri Lanka, to give free rein to their imagination and to create a drawing. Two illustrations stood out, those drawn by Arif and Kasun. They were chosen both for their beautiful use of colour and the style of their designs.
Arif and Kasun put the same level of efforts into their artwork as they do in their daily life, in and out of school. Arif lives in Mumbai, India, where he has to walk several kilometres to school. His father sells fruits for a living; Arif would like to become a police officer. As for Kasun, from Sri Lanka, whose father is a farmer, travels to school by moped every day. This young boy dreams of becoming a doctor. Both children were delighted and proud that their drawings were chosen to feature on the dials of the two unique pieces to benefit more deserving children through education.
H. Moser & Cie. asked an artist to reproduce the drawings by hand on the dials of its models. Using tiny brushes, this artist put all his heart and all his expertise into recreating the children’s artwork as faithfully as possible, mirroring both their bold use of colour and their designs. Overall, he spent two days working on the dial by Kasun and three days on the one designed by Arif.
The two unique pieces, both Endeavour Centre Seconds Automatic models, will be on show at the gala dinners organised by Room to Read in London on October 3rd, and in Zurich on November 9th. Guests at the event will have the opportunity to bid for the pieces featuring Kasun’s design in London and Arif’s design in Zurich. Alongside H. Moser & Cie.’s commitment, Room to Read will dedicate a Sri Lankan children’s book and a library in India to the respective winners of the unique timepieces. The amount raised through auctioning these timepieces will help provide additional support for Room to Read and disadvantaged children around the world.
Model: Endeavour Centre Seconds Automatic Room To Read
Reference 1200-0210, 18K white gold model, unique dial reproducing the drawing by Arif, brown kudu leather strap, unique piece
Reference 1200-0211, 18K white gold model, unique dial reproducing the drawing by Kasun, black kudu leather strap, unique piece
18K white gold
Diameter: 40.0 mm
Height: 10.7 mm
Sapphire crystal and see-through case-back
Crown adorned with an “M”
Case engraved with “Room to Read Unique Piece”
Reproduction of drawings by Kasun and Arif, hand-painted by an artist
Leaf-shaped hour and minute hands
HMC 200 automatic calibre
Diameter: 32.0 mm or 14 1/4 lignes
Height: 5.5 mm
Frequency: 21,600 Vib/h
Automatic bi-directional pawl winding system
Solid 18K gold oscillating weight engraved with the H. Moser hallmark
Power reserve: minimum of 3 days
Original Straumann Hairspring®
Finish with Moser stripes
Hours and minutes
Hand-stitched brown or black kudu leather
Solid 18K white gold pin buckle