A brainchild of James Thompson and Max Busser, MB&F brings you the Starfleet Machine Black Badger. Initially, Thompson got the idea of making high-tech rings from carbon fibre and titanium from his engineer father. In Canada, engineers receive an iron ring upon graduation, and Thompson thought to make one suitable for a pretentious design graduate (himself) just for fun. As it turned out, it was fun… and many others thought the same thing. Being an aficionado of fast cars and contemporary horology and with his outsider pirate attitude has found collaborating with MB&F on the HMX Black Badger project a match of like minds.
From the first Horological Machine unveiled in 2007, Max has only pushed the limits and boundaries of what we can expect from MB&F. Be it the Legacy Machine No.1, the HM4 Thunderbolt or the HM6 Space Pirate, MB&F truly defines boundless creativity.
DID YOU KNOW:
BLACK BADGER LUME AND THE COMPOSITION AND ENERGY OF LIGHT:
While most watch enthusiasts are likely to be familiar with lume in the form of Super-LumiNova-enhanced hands and markers, that substance is quite different to the luminous material exclusive to Black Badger. While Super-LumiNova is a liquid that is applied to surfaces and dries, Black Badger’s lume comes in solid blocks that are milled by hand or machine into the desired shape. Not only is Black Badger’s lume extremely efficient at storing and releasing light, being solid means that there is usually more of it, so that it shines brighter for longer.
“White” light, which includes sunlight, is actually composed of red, green, and blue wavelengths of light. There are also other wavelengths of light outside our visible range, including infrared, a red that is just beyond visible, and ultraviolet, which is a blue that is just beyond visible. These different colours or frequencies of light contain varying levels of energy, with red/infrared at the lower end of the energy scale and blue/ultraviolet at the upper end.
When charging luminous material from white light, most of the energy comes from the more energetic ultraviolet end of the spectrum. But as ultraviolet is only a small fraction of white light source emitted by most torches and sunlight, only a small fraction of the power of the light source will actually charge the lume. An ultraviolet light, on the other hand, will charge lume much more quickly because it is all high-energy light, so more energy is absorbed by the lume more quickly. This effect means that while normal white light sources will more easily charge the Black Badger Radar Green and Phantom Blue colours, an ultraviolet light is needed to charge the Purple Reign lume because it absorbs more energy.