MB&F launched the first Horological Machine in 2007 – Horological Machine No.7, aka HM7 Aquapod, and thus push the boundaries of horological exploration even more further. 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 centre like ripples in a pond.
Like many jellyfish, HM7 glows in the dark: on the hour and minute numerals, around the inside of the movement and along the tentacle-like winding rotor.
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.
The MB&F HM7 comes on a high-grade rubber strap with a folding buckle that matches the case. It will be available in grade 5 titanium with blue bazel, priced at 98,000 CHF (app. $97,150), limited to 33 pieces, and 15k red gold with black bazel, priced at 118,000 CHF (app. $116,950) and limited to 66 pieces.