Introducing MB&F’s latest Horological Machine, the HM5 On the Road Again. Though it seem relatively simple, the details are immense as expected and more complicated than one might initially think. This Seventies-inspired beauty features a hour and minute display that looks straightforward but with bi-directional jumping hours with indications reversed, reflected 90 degrees to the vertical and magnified 20%. The case design is futuristic but it’s more old school than any we’ve seen.
Hodinkee gives us a look at MB&F’s latest creation — the HM3 Poison Dart Frog. Their infamous HM3 Frog is comes in a black PVD-coated zirconium case against the 18k yellow gold screws and 22k yellow gold rotor. The contrasting details are magnificent but the looks run deeper. It’s designed after an actual poison dart frog, or Dendrobates Leucomela, whose black and yellow camouflage protects him in his natural habitat. Max Büsser and Co. have tweaked this beauty to perfection and with it being the very special piece it was crafted to be, there will only be ten pieces made available. Singapore’s Hour Glass will be the only retailer getting these.
We’ve got a few more shots of the HM3 Poison Dart Frog watch but be sure to head over to Hodinkee for more details.
Our friends at Hodinkee have been hinting at MB&F releasing another masterpiece but what we didn’t know is that it would be part of a completely new line of timepieces. The LM1 is the first watch of the Legacy Machine line, one that actually looks more like a traditional watch except, well, it’s not. We say this because MB&F has been known to go above and beyond anything the watch industry expects and they didn’t disappoint.
The LM1′s design takes inspiration from 19th century pocketwatches and some of the earliest wristwatches known to exist. The watch features slowly oscillating balance wheel right on the front of the watch. It operates at 2.5 Hz / 18,000 beats per hour, and gives the wearer a look into the constant motion of any mechanical wristwatch. The movement’s designed by Jean-Francois Mojon, the same man behind IWC’s recently announced Siderale Scafusica. The timepiece has 279 components and a power reserve of 45 hours.
Last week, I had the opportunity to join my good friends from Hodinkee, Gear Patrol, Forbes and a few other publications as well as a small group of Hodinkee loyalists for a dinner hosted by ‘dinkee and Stephen Hallock of MB&F. On display were ten horological machines from MB&F and were available to touch, feel and try on. We are now in a very small group of individuals that have been given such an opportunity to see these rare pieces in person, let alone ten of them at once. Much thanks to Ben Clymer at Hodinkee and the fine folks at MB&F for making this happen, it was truly an honor.
Mr. Yang of Gear Patrol went to work with his Fuji X100 and took some amazing shots, some of which we’ve highlighted below for your viewing. Enjoy!
The good folks at Hodinkee turn us to MB&F‘s latest creation, the Horological Machine No. 4 Thunderbolt, a wondrous beauty that looks to alter our views on future watch design. So how’s it all work, you ask? “The watch consists of two dials that sit side-by-side. One displays the hours and minutes (read as a plane’s speedometer), and the other displays the engine’s power reserve (aka the plane’s fuel levels).” The construction is unique as both dials are displayed at the end of a turbine like pod, opposite individual crowns, which means one crown’s for setting the time and the other is for winding the engine.
The HM4′s engine is three years in the making, with 311 parts and converts power from a horizontal dual mainspring barrel to two vertically oriented gear trains to display on the dials. The 5 pieces of sapphire glass used on the HM4 cost more than the entire HM2, so needless to say this timepiece is raising the bar.
The pricetag’s been upped as well, to $158,000, so look for it to release later this year. Until then, head to Hodinkee for tech specs and more details.
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