Heinrich Moser was born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, in 1805. Both his grandfather, Johannes, and his father, Erhard, were watchmakers of the highest calibre. Heinrich was the beneficiary of their rare knowledge, quickly becoming an expert watchmaker in Le Locle. It wasn’t long before his remarkable artistic skill gained him international respect, and at the age of just 21, he set up on his own. In 1828, Heinrich’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to St. Petersburg where he founded H. Moser & Cie. The company’s rare and exquisite creations were soon gracing the wrists of Russian princes and members of the Imperial Court. They even sold movements to other companies; most of Fabergé’s table clocks were equipped with movements produced by H. Moser & Cie.