After pushing the boundaries of horological exploration by blasting into outer space (HM2, HM3, HM6), launching into the sky (HM4), and powering down the road and around the track (HM5, HMX, HM8), MB&F plunges into the water with Horological Machine No.7, aka HM7 Aquapod. The organic jellyfish-inspired design of HM7 Aquapod is counter-balanced by the very mechanical horology within: a central 60-second flying tourbillon tops the concentric vertical movement architecture, with indications radiating out from the center like ripples in a pond.
The 303-component, 72-hour power reserve HM7 Engine was developed in-house by MB&F. Spherically three-dimensional, all its mechanisms – from the winding rotor at the bottom, to the flying tourbillon on top – rotate concentrically around the centre. The curves of the high-domed sapphire crystal are mirrored in the shape of the time display rings. It is an impressive watch, and the most exciting piece in the “Horoglogical Machine” collection since the HM4 Thunderbolt, in my humble opinion. Let’s take a closer look…
And like many jellyfish, HM7 glows in the dark, to great effect:
luminescent on the hour and minute numerals, around the inside of the movement and along the tentacle-like winding rotor
The flying tourbillon at the very top of the movement is positioned for maximum appreciation by day, while three panels of AGT Ultra (Ambient Glow Technology) lume around the inside of the movement illuminate the tourbillon by night.
The winding rotor’s tentacles are machined from a solid block of titanium with a platinum sector underneath. Their curved, three-dimensional nature alternates between polished and satin-finished sections. Super-LumiNova segments along the rotor make it glow in the dark.
While HM7 is not a dive watch, it is a timepiece comfortably at home in the water – so MB&F added the one element that all serious aquatic watches possess: a unidirectional rotating bezel. But unlike every other dive watch, Aquapod’s bezel isn’t attached to the case, but floats apart.
HM7 AQUAPOD TI BLUE
Grade 5 titanium with blue bezel
Limited edition of 33 pieces
Price 98,000 CHF
HM7 AQUAPOD RG
18k 5N+ red gold with black bezel
Limited edition of 66 pieces
Price 118,000 CHF