This year MB&F celebrates their 10th anniversary as a watch maker. This independent watch maker took the world by storm in 2005 when they released their first three dimensional machines instead of traditional wrist watches.
To celebrate this massive milestone, MB&F have released the HMX or the tenth anniversary horological machine. This will be available in four variations each limited to 20 pieces including; Lotus black, British racing green, Bugatti blue or Ferrari red.
MB&F founder, Maximilian Büsser stated, “From the beginning, the idea for HMX was to give something back to our Friends: the collectors and supporters who were vital in enabling MB&F to reach its 10th anniversary”, says Maximilian Büsser. “The industry norm for anniversaries is to develop ultra-expensive pieces, but we decided to do the opposite: HMX is by far our most affordable Horological Machine to date and is our way of saying thank you.”
The case has 44 componenets done in Grade 5 titanium and stainless steel with detailing in Lotus black, British racing green, Bugatti blue or Ferrari red. 46.8mm x 44.3mm x 20.7mm. Water resistant to 30 meters. Sapphire crystals on top, front and display back treated with AR-coating on both sides. Dual reflective sapphire crystal prisms with integrated magnifying lens.
Functions include; Bi-directional jumping hours and trailing minutes, displayed by dual reflective sapphire crystal prisms with integrated magnifying lens.
The vertical hour and minute display on HMX are derived from circular discs rotating flat on top of the movement. Each of the two discs (one for the bi-directional jumping hours, one for the minutes) is printed with mirror image numerals that are reflected and magnified by two triangular-shaped optical prisms, reflecting the time onto the vertical forward facing display.
A gap between the two prisms allows light to flood onto the Engine from the front as well as the top, and the light coming in from the top backlights the indications, making them even more legible.
The sapphire prisms are wedge-shaped with the angles precisely calculated to ensure that light is reflected from the horizontal indications to the vertical rather than refracted (bent). A convex lens at the front provides the magnification. Sapphire crystal is much more difficult to work to optical precision than glass and it took considerable development and meticulous care in production to create crystals that reflected and bent light without the slightest distortion.
The vertical forward-facing display makes HMX an excellent driver’s watch as there is no need to lift your wrist from the steering wheel to read the display.
The engine/movement is a 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 automatic with a 22kt gold rotor. 29 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 42 hours.
The strap is partially perforated black calfskin strap with color complementary to Engine (Lotus black, British racing green, Bugatti blue or Ferrari red) and a titanium tang buckle.
As this is a very complicated machine to execute, Max Busser couldn’t have done it without the help of some friends including the following; Concept: Maximilian Büsser / MB&F
Product design: Eric Giroud / Through the Looking Glass
Development and production management: Serge Kriknoff / MB&F
R&D: Guillaume Thévenin and Ruben Martinez / MB&F
Movement base: Andreas Deubzer / Sellita Watch Co SA
Additional module in-house machining: Alain Lemarchand / MB&F
Case: Fabien Chapatte and Ricardo Pescante / Les Artisans Boîtiers SA
Steel movement parts: Alain Pellet / Elefil
Wheels: Dominique Guye / DMP Horlogerie SA
Profile-turning of small parts: Sébastien Paroz / Swissmec SA
Chrome functional oil caps: Yves Bandi / Bandi SA
Hand-finishing of movement components: Jacques-Adrien Rochat and Denis Garcia / C.-L. Rochat and Aurora Amaral Moreira / Panova
Movement assemblage: Didier Dumas, Georges Veisy, Anne Guiter and Emmanuel Maitre / MB&F
Sapphire glass: Martin Stettler / Stettler Sapphire AG
Hour and minute disks: Jean-Michel Pellaton and Gérard Guerne / Bloesch SA
Crown : Jean-Pierre Cassard / Cheval Frères SA
Winding rotor: Denis Villars / Cendres + Métaux Galétan SA
Buckle construction and production: Dominique Mainier and Bertrand Jeunet / G&F Châtelain
Strap: Tristan Guyotjeannin / Creations Perrin