HMX & Starfleet Machine

MB&F + Black Badger editions

Overview

For the Performance Art collection, James Thompson – aka Black Badger – has reinterpreted not just one but two Machines: HMX, first launched in 2015 for MB&F’s 10th Anniversary, and Starfleet Machine, MB&F’s first table clock, created with L’Epée 1839.

Black Badger's specialty is working with high-efficiency lume – an exclusive material that comes in solid blocks which he mills by hand or machine into the desired shape. The lume is extremely efficient at storing and releasing light, and its solid form means that it shines brighter for longer. The three available colours – Radar Green, Phantom Blue, and Purple Reign – are eye-catching by day, but it's when the sun goes down that they really come out to party.

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Black Badger

HMX

Case

  • Grade 5 titanium and stainless steel
  • Dimensions: 46.8 x 44.3 x 20.7 mm

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
  • Power reserve: 42 hours
  • 223 components / 29 jewels

Functions / indications

  • Bi-directional jumping hours and trailing minutes, displayed by dual reflective sapphire crystal prisms with integrated magnifying lens. Engine "rocker covers" from milled blocks of high-efficiency lume.
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Starfleet machine

Structure

  • Palladium-plated brass with luminescent details
  • Dimensions: Diameter: approx. 29cm, Height: approx. 21cm

Engine

  • L’Epée in-house designed and manufactured movement
  • Balance frequency: 18,000 bph / 2.5 Hz.
  • Power reserve: 40 days
  • 48 jewels

Functions / indications

  • Luminescent hours and minutes on a central dome featuring MB&F’s signature numerals.
  • 20-second intervals indicated by double retrograde fly-out cannons emanating from central dome.
  • A dome indicator, framed by a hand finished arc, provides an intuitive view of remaining energy as it turns 270°. Complemented by a ‘radar dish’ that also revolves 270°.
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HMX Black Badger

Thompson redesigned the "rocker covers" of HMX's engine, visible under a sapphire crystal, milled from his signature solid blocks of brightly coloured, high-efficiency lume.

Starfleet Machine Black Badger

Thompson added his exclusive lume under the external ring running around the Starfleet Machine movement, to the inside of the spaceship's landing legs, and on the indication domes and hands.

Black Badger colours

Powerful lume in three edgy colours. While normal light sources will more easily charge the ‘Radar Green’ and ‘Phantom Blue’ versions, an ultraviolet light is needed to charge the ‘Purple Reign’ variant.

JAMES THOMPSON

James Thompson was born in 1976 in Ottawa, Canada and grew up in Vancouver. He studied industrial design at college, but did not graduate due to a disconnect between the courses on offer and his own interests. In 2002, this led him to apply successfully for a master's degree course in industrial design in Lund, Sweden. Unfortunately at the time – but beneficial in the longer term! – Thompson was ejected from his master's program after 18 months due to an administrative change in treating international students. This being "brushed aside" through no fault of his own generated a sense of rage and injustice that largely motivated his later success.

A year later Thompson created his own design studio called Black Badger Advanced Composites. The name derived from the fact that the badger will not back down no matter how much larger and stronger its adversary. Thompson moved to Gothenburg in 2008 to complete his master’s degree at the HDK design school. In 2009, Thompson started creating jewellery using solid blocks of lume, carbon fibre, and titanium. He hasn't looked back since.

L’EPEE 1839

For over 175 years, L'Epée has been at the forefront of watch and clock making. Today, it is the only specialised manufacture in Switzerland dedicated to making high-end clocks. L'Epée was founded in 1839, initially to make music box and watch components, by Auguste L’Epée who set up the business near Besançon, France. The L’Epée hallmark was that all parts were made entirely by hand.

L'Epée is now based in Delémont in the Swiss Jura Mountains. Under the guidance of CEO Arnaud Nicolas, L’Epée 1839 has developed an exceptional table clock collection featuring complications like retrograde seconds, power reserve indicators, perpetual calendars, tourbillons and striking mechanisms – all designed and manufactured in-house.

inspirations

Creativity comes from a multitude of sources, but for ‘Black Badger’ founder James Thompson the fount of his creativity was rage – a rebellious fire was lit when he felt brushed aside as a student by an unfair administrative decision. Like MB&F, Thompson is an outsider doing his utmost to buck the system – and he is fighting with the most unlikely of weapons: luminescent material. Thompson mills three-dimensional objects from solid light!

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