Maximilian Büsser & Friends (MB&F), the renowned Swiss watch manufacturer unveiled its fifth “horological machine”, called HM5 On the Road Again. The unmistakable wedge-shaped case design is elegant and is direct homage to the 1970s watch known as the Amida Digitrend; it also takes unmistakable cues from the sleek low-slung supercars of the epoch, like the iconic Lamborghini Miura, with louvres on their near horizontal rear windows blocking sunlight and heat.
“Another distinguishing feature of supercars are throaty exhaust pipes. HM5 has dual exhausts to drain water, in case – like James Bond’s Lotus in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ – HM5 gets wet. An inner water-resistant case keeps HM5’s Engine nice and dry.”
Inside of the MB& Horological Machine No. 5 is a movement designed by Jean-François Mojon as well as Vincent Boucard of Chronode. Note that the watch comes on a rubber strap, a first for MB&F. The HM5 is released as a limited edition of 66 pieces in zirconium and comes at a price of CHF 54,000 (~$58,283 USD). Full press release and echnical details after the break.
Amazing masterpiece, Max Busser & Friends!
Limited edition of 66 pieces in zirconium
Three-dimensional horological engine developed by Jean-François Mojon and Vincent Boucard of Chronode
Powered by a Sowind gear train
Battle-axe 22k gold ‘mystery’ automatic winding rotor
Power reserve: 42 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800bph/4Hz
Number of components: 224
Number of jewels: 30
Engine housed in a water resistant, stainless steel inner container
Minutes and bi-directional jumping hours displayed by reflective sapphire crystal prism with integrated magnifying lens
Slide to open/close louvres on case top
Zirconium with internal water resistant steel engine container
Slide button to open/close louvres
Exhaust ports to drain water
Dimensions: 51.5mm x 49mm x 22.5mm
Number of components: 80
Water resistance of engine container: 30m / 90’ / 3atm
Smoked optical grade sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and 20% magnification. Sapphire crystal on back with anti-reflective treatment on both faces.
Strap & Buckle:
Sculptured rubber strap, titanium tang buckle