horological machine n°5

horlogical machine n°5

 
 

About

MB&F celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2015, and there is one basic fact about birthdays that is fairly safe to assume: The one celebrating usually gets the presents.

However, for the most significant anniversary of its decade-long existence, MB&F turns that one basic assumption on its head. Rather than expecting to receive, the creative lab has conceived HMX – “X” as in the Roman numeral for ten – as a thank you to the Friends who have supported the brand over the last 10 years. Instead of developing an ultra-complicated, ultra-expensive anniversary piece – standard practice in the luxury watchmaking world – MB&F has cut sales margins without sacrificing quality, offering a true Horological Machine at an unprecedented price.

Paradoxically, creating such a Machine also made HMX one of the most difficult to develop as MB&F considered, tested and rejected a plethora of combinations of forms, finishes and details before being satisfied that everything was "just right”.

A creative adult is a child who survived

The tag line for MB&F's 10th anniversary is “A creative adult is a child who survived”, a reference to a child's sense of wonder and awe that usually fades under the onslaught of the everyday realities of reaching adulthood.

As a child, MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser dreamt of becoming a car designer and his sketchbooks were full of drawings of the supercars of his imagination. The automobile-inspired HMX is proof positive that the child in Büsser survived.

HMX displays bi-directional jumping hours and trailing minutes. Apparently simple, but it is how and where the time is displayed that makes HMX so special. Rotating discs on top of the movement feature mirror image numerals. These are reflected 90° and magnified by two sapphire crystal optical prisms that "project" the time onto the front vertical display. Light streaming through the transparent engine cover both illuminates the top of HMX's engine and backlights the time display for high legibility.

Also visible through the sapphire crystal engine cover are supercar-inspired dual "rocker covers" on top of the movement, each featuring shiny chrome oil filler caps. These oil caps are not just pretty design elements, but are fully functional oil caps that the watchmaker unscrews to oil the jewelled bearings for the indication discs.

An automatic winding mechanical movement provides HMX with power, its "fuel" topped up by the 22K gold rotor visible through the display back.

HMX is a limited edition of 4 x 20 pieces in grade 5 titanium and stainless steel, available in black, green, red and blue.

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HMX Face Red
HMX Front Red
HMX Collection
HMX Rear Red
HMX Front Blue
HMX Back
HMX Front Black
HMX Face Blue
HMX Front Green

friends

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Luis André
 
Andreas Deubzer
 
Adrien Schutz
 
Dominique Mainier
 
Denis Villars
 
Jean-Pierre Cassard
 
Régis Golay
 
Hervé Estienne
 
Cyril Fallet
 
Guillaume Thévenin
 
Didier Dumas
 
Maximilian Büsser
 
Eric Giroud
 
Georges Veisy
 
Alain Lemarchand
 
Isabel Ortega
 
Ian Skellern
 
Jacques-Adrien Rochat
 
Olivier Berthon
 
Dominique Guye
 
Riccardo Pescante
 
Jean-Michel Pellaton
 
Damien Seydoux
 
Florian Courbat
 
Aurora Amaral Moreira
 
Gilles Bondallaz
 
Fabien Chapatte
 
Maarten van der Ende
 
Alain Pellet
 
Denis Garcia
 
Juliette Duru
 
Emmanuel Maitre
 
Patricia Duvillard
 
David Lamy
 
Serge Kriknoff
 
Charris Yadigaroglou
 
Virginie Meylan
 
Anne Guiter
 
Ruben Martinez
 
Stéphane Balet
 
Victor Rodriguez
 
Yves Bandi
 
Bertrand Jeunet
 
Marc André Deschoux
 
Martin Stettler
 

engine

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collection

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HMX Black
Titanium and stainless steel with black details
Limited Edition of 20 pieces

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HMX Green
Titanium and stainless steel with green details
Limited Edition of 20 pieces

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HMX Red
Titanium and stainless steel with red details
Limited Edition of 20 pieces

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HMX Blue
Titanium and stainless steel with blue details
Limited Edition of 20 pieces

specs & manual

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Limited edition of 4 x 20 pieces in grade 5 titanium and stainless steel

Case

  • Grade 5 titanium and stainless steel with detailing in black, green, blue or red.
  • Dimensions: 46.8 x 44.3 x 20.7 mm
  • Number of components: 44
  • Water resistance: 30m / 90’ / 3atm

Engine

  • Three-dimensional horological engine, composed of a jumping hour and trailing minutes module developed in-house by MB&F, powered by a Sellita gear train.
  • Mechanical movement, automatic winding
  • 22K gold automatic winding rotor
  • Power reserve: 42 hours
  • Balance frequency: 28,800bph/4Hz.
  • Number of components: 223
  • Number of jewels: 29

Functions / indications

  • Bi-directional jumping hours and trailing minutes, displayed by dual reflective sapphire crystal prisms with integrated magnifying lens.

Sapphire crystals:

  • Sapphire crystals on top, front and display back treated with anti-reflective coating on both faces.
  • Dual reflective sapphire crystal prisms with integrated magnifying lens.

Strap & Buckle

  • Partially perforated calfskin strap with colour complementary to Engine, titanium tang buckle.

Click here to download the manual in pdf format.