And he does it once again. This takes me back to 2017 when Max introduced me to the first jellyfish – HM7 Aquapod he created inspired of course by the jellyfish that stung his wife on one of their holidays. Not a very pleasant encounter but trust Max to find inspiration from a jellyfish and create another masterpiece. A watch with a brain under a dome with tentacles. Max once told me, “Creation, creativity, innovation is like drugs. You need to increase the dosage, or you don’t feel anything.” And this master creator has most definitely stayed true to that statement.
Horological Machine N°7 Platinum Red
A red horological machine
After captivating the world with its soaring tourbillon and perfect symmetries over the last two years, the jellyfish-inspired HM7 Aquapod emerges once again in 2019, this time in a fiery red platinum version with three-dimensional, “floating” hour and minute numerals. My first impression – WOW!
A Platinum red watch by MB&F… yes that’s a first. Considering it is a watch inspired by marine life, why red then? Well, it seems that the deeper you dive in the ocean, less light is able to penetrate the water and hence you see less colour. Being on the lowest end of the visible light spectrum and thus most easily absorbed by water, red is the first colour to disappear. But why a red jellyfish? Well, deep-sea jellyfish often have red stomachs as a form of protective camouflage, as their transparent bodies would otherwise allow predators to spot them via their stomach contents. Pretty cool isn’t it?
I’m just presuming here, but a 54mm platinum case has got to be heavy watch right. Unlike the previous Aquapods, which indicated the hours and minutes via rotating rings with transferred numerals, the HM7 Platinum Red features three-dimensional numerals sculpted in titanium, a metal specifically used for its lightness. The stems attaching the hour and minute numerals to their respective mounting rings are rendered black with a coating of DLC (diamond-like carbon), completing the ethereal floating effect that one associates with the sight of a jellyfish drifting with the ocean currents.
HM7 Platinum Red is truly a visual spectacle. The flying tourbillon of the HM7 engine is now revealed like never, through a clear sapphire, highlighted by a halo of high-luminosity AGT, thus replacing the battle-axe tourbillon bridge of its predecessors. Just like most fascinating underwater creatures, HM7 Platinum Red glows too! Apart from the AGT ring surrounding the flying tourbillon, a white luminous material is found in the laser-engraved markings of the unidirectional rotating bezel and on the surface of the hour and minute numerals.
The self-winding, 391-component engine of HM7 Platinum Red, fitted with a platinum case, bezel and buckle is developed entirely in-house at MB&F. This bold red machine will be made in a limited series of 25 pieces, each presented with three interchangeable straps (red, white and black) in aircraft-grade rubber.
Call it a blazing red jellyfish or a spectacular 3D sapphire domed sandwich, the HM7 Platinum Red is another significant feather in the hat for MB&F.
Retail price: CHF 155,000 + VAT (USD 165,000 / EUR 144,000 before taxes).
“Our baseline is – ‘A creative adult is a child who survived’. If we can inspire with what we do at MB&F, that all the adults who have killed the child in them go and recapture him and her, I will be happy. I’m half Swiss and half Indian. The Swiss part in me is the engineering and very rational part, but I think what saved me and allowed to create MB&F is the Indian part”.
– Maximillian Busser.