WILD CUSTOMS & H. Moser cie Bass

WILD CUSTOMS teams up with H. MOSER & Cie. to create a bass guitar for U2 bassist, Adam Clayton. 




Funky Blue: the boldest fumé dial colour from H. Moser & Cie. now features on a bass guitar gifted to U2 bassist, Adam Clayton. The story begins with a meeting between Laurent Picciotto, founder of Chronopassion, Edouard Meylan, CEO of H. Moser & Cie. and the team at Wild Customs, a guitar workshop run by enthusiasts whose slight craziness belies their supreme talent. United by a shared passion for music and fine watchmaking, they came up with the idea of creating a bespoke musical instrument as a gift for Adam Clayton. Fusing two worlds, this electric bass links rock culture with the mechanical watch tradition – two of Adam Clayton’s passions.

A founder member of U2 who writes about contemporary art for British GQ, Adam Clayton combines musical virtuosity with a refined rock elegance. A devotee of fine watchmaking, he is a friend of H. Moser & Cie., whose fumé dials are a particular pleasure of his. He owns several of the Manufacture’s pieces, including the most breathtaking and wearable model: the Pioneer Centre Seconds Automatic. This steel watch, with its water resistance to 120 metres, three-day power reserve and uncompromising elegance, is ideal for any occasion.

When U2 were in Paris this summer, Edouard Meylan and Laurent Picciotto presented Adam Clayton with the bass specially created for him as a gift by the craftsmen at Wild Customs. Finished in the magnificent Funky Blue seen on H. Moser & Cie. fumé dials, this unique instrument features multiple references to the pared-down and elegant style of the Schaffhausen-based Manufacture. “Understatement and refinement were the keywords that guided us throughout this project, allowing us to take inspiration from the H. Moser & Cie. aesthetic while staying as true as possible to Adam Clayton’s personality, all with a certain restraint,” explains Blaise Rodier, one of the founders of Wild Customs. “We then let our imaginations run free, resulting in a bass featuring a host of subtle references to fine watchmaking.” Paying particular attention to detail – which makes all the difference in fine watchmaking – the master luthiers selected high-end hardware in keeping with the spirit of the instrument. In a nod to the open sapphire case-backs that reveal the movement, the Schaller open gears are visible through elegant transparent glass. The knobs are finely engraved with the “M” found on the crown of H. Moser & Cie. watches. At the base of the neck sits a plate engraved with the H. Moser company hallmark, giving the instrument its signature. Often neglected on standard instruments, the wiring and electronics on this bass received particularly careful treatment. The pickups, naturally hand wound, are housed inside a custom pickup cover in exotic wood, in homage to the vintage Hi-Fi systems of the ’60s and ’70s. The electronic accessories feature a brushed finish and are recessed in an understated, elegant cavity whose unusual shape recalls those of H. Moser & Cie. cases.

The elegance and minimalism beloved of H. Moser & Cie. take pride of place in the design of this unique musical instrument, whose fumé touches are as intense as they are exceptional.”




H. Moser & Cie. was created by Heinrich Moser in 1828. Based in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, it currently employs 55 people, has eight of its own calibres and produces 1,200 watches per annum. H. Moser & Cie. manufactures parts such as regulating organs and balance-springs, which are used for its own production as well as to supply its partner companies. H. Moser & Cie. is honoured to have a Moser family member with the company as Honorary Chairman and President of the Heinrich and Henri Moser Foundation. The aim of the Moser Foundation, created by one of Heinrich Moser’s descendants, is to keep the family history alive and seek out antique pieces for the Moser Museum, located in Charlottenfels Manor, Heinrich Moser’s family home. With its substantial watchmaking expertise and highly acclaimed experience in the sector, MELB Holding holds shares in H. Moser & Cie. and Hautlence. MELB Holding is an independent family group, based in the heart of the legendary Vallée de Joux.


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