MB&F's Final Edition 'Space Pirate' horological machine is in ship shape for SIHH
Maximilian Büsser announces the HM6 Final Edition wristwatch after four years of development
Radical timepiece manufacturers MB&F first launched its Horological Machine No.6 – also known as HM6 Space Pirate – in November 2014, with the promise that only 100 movements would be made in total. Now, on the launch of the 2019 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, Switzerland, MB&F has revealed the remaining eight pieces will take the popular machine a step further – with the HM6 Final Edition.
An out of this world wristwatch, HM6 is created from 475 specially made components, with revolving hour and minute spheres driven by conical gears. The platinum winding rotor is regulated by twin aluminium turbines while a flying 60-second tourbillon is visible under a sapphire crystal dome, with a retractable 'hyperspace' shield inspired, like the unconventional casing, by a Japanese sci-fi anime series called Capitaine Flam, from the 1970s and 1980s.
The flying tourbillon is of particular interest to watch enthusiasts and collectors thanks to its extreme height. While in most timepieces, a flying tourbillon sits as close to the main body of movement as possible in order to safeguard its performance, the HM6's space-age flying tourbillon took three years to create. >>
The eight Final Edition HM6 pieces each feature a stainless-steel case – a very rare metal in MB&F’s production. Polished grooves run along the biomorphic case, while dark blue hour and minute spheres match the blue winding rotor – inspired by the colour of the hottest burning stars – with numerals and markings applied with Super-LumiNova that luminesces light blue. It also features a larger central dome to allow a panoramic view of the flying tourbillon.
Of the 100-piece HM6 Space Pirate collection, the first 50 were launched in titanium followed by 18 in rose gold, 10 in platinum and 10 in red gold. Four 'Alien Nation' pièces uniques followed, made entirely of sapphire crystal and featuring a crew of miniature aliens.