MB&F HM6 ‘Space Pirate’ is most ambitious and complex wristwatch
When we talk of awe-inspiring timepieces, we don’t really go beyond Maximilian Büsser & Friends better known as MB&F. No matter how unusual MB&F watch collections may seem, they are incredibly comfortable on the wrist; exactly what makes the artistic watchmakers designs extraordinary. Latest in MB&F’s Horological Machine collection is the spaceship-inspired Horological Machine No.6 (HM6), nicknamed ‘Space Pirate’ – a watch with eye-grabbing corners and gentle curves. Featuring a durable aeronautic grade Ti-6Al-4V titanium case, the HM6 is the most ambitious and complex projects to date by MB&F.
Each of the four corners of HM6’s biomorphic case feature a 360° sphere, which is capped both on the top and the bottom with sapphire crystal glass domes. Up front are two semi-spherical indicators that rotate vertically and display hours and minutes (yes despite the shape, it is actually a wristwatch). The watch is driven through multiplying gears and automatic winding rotor; the two spherical turbines used in the watch spin horizontally and automatically to regulate the winding system.
The most eye-catching transparent dome in the center, which acts as the engine to the HM6 spaceship, houses a 60-second flying tourbillon. The watch features transparent sapphire crystal display on the back which reveals finely finished 475 components along with the highly complex movement and winding mechanism of the watch. We learn only 100 HM6 movements are made, and just 50 pieces of the HM6 Ti-6Al-4V titanium watch are available; we don’t have information on the price yet.