MB & F has broadened its palette of products with a new version of its HM5 model made in a casing from red gold and titanium. This housing has a special feature since it is comprised of two compartments, of which the inner is sealed, while the outer features twin drain pipes used to release any water that ms allows the display with the integrated magnifying glass to be placed at the angle of 90 degrees. Overall, it is a very original and unorthodox timekeeper with an innovative in-house automatic movement that has the pretty high price of $82,000.
Amida Digitron Watch and Supercars of the 1970s as the Inspiration
New HM5 RT watch by MB & F is the second iteration of the model first released at the end of the last year. Unlike its predecessor which had its case made in the combination of zirconium and steel, the new one is distinguished with the blend of 18 K red gold and titanium. This timepiece features the design that is sort of a meeting point between retro and futuristic and is heavily based on Amida Digitron watch from the 1970s. Just like that watch, the new model from the Horological Machine collection by MB & F has an unusual vertical time display, as well as wedge-shaped housing. Partially, the appearance of the watch was also modeled after supercars from the 1970s, or more accurately flaps or louvers they featured at a rear windshield. Unlike the ones in cars that are used to block the sunlight, the ones featured on the top of HM5 are actually utilized to let the light through and to enable the peculiarly styled display.
A Large Wedge-Shaped Housing
The new watch features a case with two segments: while the outer includes red gold and titanium, the inner one is made solely of titanium. Its unusual construction includes two drain pipes that allow the removal of any water that entered the outer segment of the case which is a quite cool trait. When it comes to dimensions, they are quite large; it is 51.5 mm long, 49 mm wide and 22.5 mm thick. Its construction is fairly complex with 80 components in total, while its supported water resistance is basic and measures to 30 meters, despite the unusual construction.
An important component of the watch’s appearance is also its time display with bi-directional jumping hours and minutes which is placed vertically and forward-facing which makes this timepiece especially suitable for drivers since there is no need to tilt the wrist in order to see the time. The display system of the watch uses an optical grade sapphire prism which reflects the horizontal indications and enables that they are displayed vertically. Moreover, it also uses a convex lens that magnifies the numerals by one fifth. Unlike the first model released last year which had green accents, the new one features white numerals on a black background, as well as light blue details. The glare-proofed sapphire used for display is complemented with the transparent case-back section from the same material.
Automatic Movement by Mojon & Boucard
Inside the timepiece which was inspired by the futuristic visions from the 1970s beats a three-dimensional horological engine which was envisioned by Jean-Francois Mojon and Vincent Boucard of Chronode. The caliber in question is made with a Sowind gear train and with a 22K gold “battle axe” winding rotor. Once fully wound, the self-winding movement provides a power reserve which lasts for 42 hours. It includes 224 components overall, as well as 30 jewels, and has the operating frequency of 28,800.
As for the wristlet, MB&F opted for a black sculptured rubber strap which fastens with a tang buckle made of titanium. As expected, due to its complexity and high price of $82,000, the watch has been released in a restricted issue which consists of 66 pieces, just like its zirconium and steel housed predecessor.