MB&F—short for Maximilian Büsser and Friends—is no stranger to combining high-end functionality with playful, yet intricate, design. Their timepieces rest between art and science-fiction, looking more like something that darts across the night sky than something that fits snugly on a wrist or wrests elegantly on a mantle, like the Starfleet Machine table clock which looks like something from the mind of George Lucas.
Their just released Horological Machine Nº 9, Flow, may look more like top-notch aviation than other-galaxy imagination, but it is no exception to their mystifying style of design. Incredibly reminiscent of a jet engine, the watch is a unique combination of sapphire crystal and grade five titanium. The outer building of the HM9 Flow, as it’s nicknamed, neared impossible—and needed to be made using entirely new techniques and methods, a hallmark for the brand and its boundary-pushing mechanical works of art. The inner-workings were all developed in-house at MB&F and consist of two lateral pods that contain flying balance wheels and independent regulating systems; one of the pods also contains the central operating gears of the engine.
It is here that the planetary differential averages the output of both balance wheels to display a stable reading of the time as it sits perpendicular to the engine with dials indicating hours and minutes.
The release is limited to 33 pieces each of two titanium editions. The first, dubbed the “Air” edition, comes with dark hues and an aviator-style dial. The other, the “Road” edition, is rose gold-plated and has a classic speedometer-style dial.
Find a retailer that has the HM9 Flow ($182,000), which is available now, on MB&F’s website.
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