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INDUSTRY NEWS - H. Moser and Adam Clayton of U2

Inläggav Tony.A. » sön 08 okt 2017, 12:23

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In Collaboration with Wild Customs Guitars

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thanks for the info Jorge and TZ
Tony.A.
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