The annual Only Watch auction is not just an event to raise a lot of money for a worthy charitable cause, kid’s muscular dystrophy, it also gives us the chance to see some fantastic one-of-a-kind models from the world’s hottest watch manufacturers. One of the participants returning with an offering for this year is MB&F.
Max Busser & Friends collaborates with Chinese artist Huang Hankang to create the MB&F HM4 Only Watch. The unique HM4 is based on Horological Machine 4, featuring a miniature flying panda bear is a magical synthesis of children’s dreams and cutting-edge haute horlogerie. HM4 Only Watch features the dream-world scenario of a solid gold panda bear riding on top of the HM4 jet, which he controls with golden reins. The panda was hand-carved and then cast in 18k white gold.
And while the HM4 Only Watch is a celebration of the fantasy of children’s dreams, there is also a feature for those obliged to ground their feet in reality from time to time: the panda and his reins are completely detachable, so that HM4 transforms from a flying machine into a Horological Machine. When the panda is detached there is of course the HM4 as we know it, with only one difference. The artist’s signature on the sapphire crystal see-through case back.
The MB&F HM4 Only Watch 2011 piece will be auctioned off in Monaco (22nd September). The winner will also receive a special painting and modified MB&F watch case to go along with the piece unique watch. [MB&F]