If you are an ardent watch geek and do know of Maximilian Büsser & his Friends, you are surely no stranger to the out of the ordinary machines, conceptualized and executed by MB&F. Known for his innate entrepreneurial spirit, Max finally broke the chains of corporate watchmaking and started a rebellion called MB&F in 2005. Since then the brand has been creating radical machines, more like kinetic sculptures, still somehow respecting traditional Swiss watchmaking. One of the MB&F’s that really stood out was the HM6.
Originally inspired by a comic TV series from Japan, well particularly, Captain Flam’s spaceship – Comet. The Comet consisted of two spheres that were joined by a connecting tube. Using this concept, MB&F used sapphire spheres linked together by a central tube or ‘fuselage’ in this unique mechanical object of art.
Lets dig a little deeper into this rose gold three-dimensional horological machine – the HM6 RT. The case is made of 18k 5N + rose gold, which is no ordinary gold. With the addition of palladium in it to stabilizes the copper, this alloy ensures that the gold doesn’t turn, well yellow and helps it retain its gorgeous rose gold properties.
Delicate may not be the best description here but, the curved lines of HM6 make it a much softer machine than its predecessors which had sharper lines, be the HM2 or the HM5. Although it is a rather large uniquely shaped watch (49.5 x 52.3 x 20.4 mm), with its smooth curves and rounded edges, HM6 RT would beautifully enhance the wrist of any woman too.
The inspiration for the HM6 came from the biomorphism art movement, which takes its cues from design elements based on the shapes of living organisms. With its biomorphic curves, animated spheres, ‘winking’ eye and beating heart, HM6 is one of MB&F’s most organic machines to date.
In each of the four corners of HM6’s case is a 360° sphere, sandwiched by transparent sapphire crystal domes. The two up forward, rotate vertically and display the hours and the minutes respectively. The other two – twin spherical turbines spin, thus regulating the automatic winding system to reduce stress and wear.
This three-dimensional horological engine developed exclusively for HM6 by MB&F with David Candaux, boasts of a 72h power reserve. The engine has a flying tourbillon with a retractable shield and twin aluminum turbines driven by winding rotor.
A one-minute flying tourbillon beats at the top of this watch. The choice of such a sophisticated regulator was dictated by the restricted space under the crystal dome, which could not accommodate the upper supporting bridge of a standard balance wheel. The tourbillon is protected from UV radiation by a retractable spherical shield that protects the tourbillon with overlapping, curved blades, which can be easily operated by the crown itself. The smooth movement here kind of looks like your watch is winking at you.
With approximately 100 HM6’s out there, this bold and complex design is quite an exclusive one. The HM6 RT however is available in a limited edition of 18 pieces. So there you have it, the MB&F HM6 RT a unique looking radical machine, probably one of the brands boldest designs but surely one that makes a statement.