Having already conquered the land and the sky, the innovative watchmaker dives into the water with the organically inspired MH7.
MB&F likes to push the boundaries of watchmaking and Maximilian Büsser’s team has already created some very memorable timepieces. They have conquered the sky with the HM4, blasted into outer space with the HM2, HM3, and HM6, and attacked the roads with their HM5, HMX, and HM8 timepieces.
With their latest innovation - the Horological Machine No.7 Aquapod - MB&F dives into the water. The inspiration for the aquatic HM7 came from the jellyfish and the end product looks like an organic, three-dimensional, tentacle-powered timepiece.
The architecture of the HM7 is biomorphic, and many design features are borrowed from the deep-sea creature. Take, for instance, the time indications, which are displayed by two aluminum and titanium spherical discs rotating on oversized ceramic bearings. These rings mirror the ring of neurons of a jellyfish’s brain.
There’s also the jellyfish’s bell on top, which is replicated through the HM7’s 60-second flying tourbillon. The simple fact that the tourbillon is placed on the top of the movement adds to the organic effect, as do the curves of the high-domed sapphire crystal.
As a final touch, the HM7 Aquapod glows in the dark, like a proper jellyfish. That includes glowing numerals, markers and various segments on the inside of the movement, thanks to the so-called “Ambient Glow Technology”.
On the technical side, the new 303-component automatic movement was developed in-house and should deliver up to 72 hours of autonomy. The launch editions of the HM7 Aquapod will have the engine housed in spherical 54mm cases made of grade 5 titanium or 18k red gold.
Despite its clear aquatic credentials, this is by no means a diving watch. In fact, water resistance is limited to only 50m with this case option. But early indications are that the watch would be comfortable in the water. That’s because the brand has decided to give it a unidirectional rotating bezel, something that all serious diving watches have.
But MB&F couldn’t leave it that simple. Unlike other diving watches, the Aquapod’s bezel isn’t attached to the case. Instead, it floats apart and adds to the multi-dimensional and organic visual effect of the timepeice.