INTRODUCING THE MB&F HOROLOGICAL MACHINE NO. 7 AQUAPOD
Every year, the avant-garde watchmakers at MB&F come up with a new “Horological Machine,” a timepiece that is meant to change the way we think the passage of time. Unveiled at SIHH 2017, the latest Horological Machine from MB&F is inspired to the sea world and, in particular, to the radially symmetric design of jellyfishes.
Entirely developed in house, the engine or the brain, in this case of the Horological Machine No.7 Aquapod has a concentric architecture with, from bottom to top, the winding rotor, mainspring barrel, hour and minute indications, and flying tourbillon, all of them arranged around the central axis. Underneath, an aggressive-looking titanium rotor with tentacle-like arms spins to charge the movement. The unit is lit at night by panels of glow-in-the-dark “Ambient Glow Technology” luminescent material. Two super-sized crowns on the right and left float in the air between the movement and the bezel, and allow for winding and time-setting. Flexible lugs help ease wearability for such a large watch.
Comprised of 303 components, this unique movement beats at a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour (2.5 Hz) with a power reserve of 72 hours. The hours and minutes are displayed around the periphery of the movement. The two large time display rings are supported by ceramic ball bearings which optimize rotation thanks to a very low coefficient of friction.
To create the eye-catching, curved ceramic bezel, the numerals and markers were first engraved in the ceramic using a laser, after which the engraved sections were filled with metallized titanium. The whole ring was then polished to a high gloss. The strap in engraved aircraft-grade rubber with folding buckle matching the case material highlights the casual nature of the watch.
Case: 53.8 x 21.3 mm, titanium with blue ceramic bezel or red gold with black ceramic bezel
Movement: in-house developed automatic Caliber HM7 with one-minute flying tourbillon
Functions: hours, minutes, flying tourbillon
Limitation: 33 pieces in titanium, 66 pieces in red gold
Price: titanium (blue) $98,000 Swiss francs, red gold $118,000.