In September of this year, we did a short piece on a BMW X6 finished in Vantablack, a synthetic material developed and manufactured by U.K. company NanoSystems that absorbs 99.96% of the visible light spectrum. BMW’s roadgoing black hole made for a unique company representative and provided effective press release subject matter, but it was unfortunately not offered for sale.
Although NanoSystems is busy with defense contracts and autonomous vehicle tech, their Vantablack has popped up in other consumer product niches, watches among them. The watchmaker H. Moser & Cie. has produced a few, and the Endeavor Tourbillon Concept is the newest.
At $75K, the Endeavor Tourbillon Concept is stoutly priced, but the watch’s cool factor is very high—what’s cooler than wearing a black hole on your wrist? The Vantablack dial is an absence, and unadorned but for a window into the tourbillon, which gives the hands the illusion of floating in a void; the 18k white gold case stands out powerfully against the dial. The back of the watch exposes the movement.
The watch is driven by Moser’s 28-jewel HMC 804 calibre, which features a reserve of 72 hours. Aside from white gold, materials include aerospace-grade aluminum and 18k red gold. The band is in alligator leather, fixed with an 18k white gold clasp.