MB&F is known for its extraordinary watches and for its more than unusual machines that most of the times, but not always, show the time. And there are news: MB&F has just introduced its newest model, a new Horological Machine N°6 – and the last one. When the first one was first introduced in 2014, its audacious construction and design made a lot of noise in the watch world.
Nerd fact: The initial HM6 was inspired by Capitaine Flam, an anime TV series from the 1970s and 1980s. The Sapphire Vision edition of HM6 took graphic elements from a travel icon of the 1950s and 1960s, American Greyhound buses of the so-called Streamline era.
In the four years following its first introduction, the MB&F Horological Machine N°6 has transitioned from cosmic pirate ship to futuristic alien vessel and any machine that has experienced four years of intergalactic exploration is bound to bear the marks of adventure. The body of HM6 Final Edition is deeply grooved with polished lines that stretch from the turbine pods to the hour and minute spheres, contrasting sharply with the satin-drawn main surfaces.
The stainless steel case is measuring 49,5 x 52,3 x 20,4 mm and is water-resistant up to 3 atm.
The temperature of a star determines its colour, with the hottest stars appearing bright blue due to their higher radiation frequency. Appropriately, this shade features prominently in HM6 Final Edition. The platinum oscillating weight, visible through a sapphire crystal pane on the underside of the case, has been given a blue PVD coating. The hour and minute spheres are also in this arresting hue, with numerals and markings standing out in thickly applied Super-LumiNova that luminesces light blue.
The hour and minute spheres are oriented perpendicular to the rest of the engine to facilitate readability, and are driven by conical gears to ensure that this unusual configuration still provides the necessary precision in displaying the time. At the opposite end of the HM6 engine, twin turbines create air resistance that protects the automatic winding system.
The engine of Horological Machine N°6, is comprising 475 components, took three years of research and development to realise.
Central to the design and construction of HM6 is the flying tourbillon, protected by a retractable shield and evocative of the sharply controlled chaos at the heart of our universe. Now that things are coming to a close for HM6, the sapphire crystal dome above the flying tourbillon takes a page from the show-all playbook of HM6 Alien Nation and expands its dimensions in order to more fully expose the beating regulator in its revolving cage.
The watches are all equipped with an alligator strap.
All versions of the Horological Machine N°6 were strictly limited, and so is the HM6 Final Edition – there will be only 8 pieces available. With them, the number of pieces made in the Horological Machine N°6 series comes to a total of exactly 100.