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MB&F Horological Machine No.7 HM7 Aquapod

Marina Milojević | 08.09.17 | 02:56 PM

Earlier this year, on the occasion of the SIHH exhibition, the house of MB&F introduced its aquatic-inspired timepiece, the Horological Machine No.7, aka HM7 Aquapod. Envisioned as a horological jellyfish, the eighth of MB&F’s “Horological Machines features a central flying tourbillon mounted on top of the concentric vertical movement with indications radiating out from the center.

MB&F Horological Machine No.7, HM7 Aquapod

The design of the radially symmetric Aquapod is inspired by the anatomy of a jellyfish. Its three-dimensional movement architecture is paired with a large flying tourbillon, as well as some common elements of a classical divers’ watch.

MB&F Horological Machine No.7, HM7 Aquapod

Developed entirely in-house, the Aquapod generates its power from the tentacle-like automatic winding rotor, crafted from a solid block of titanium. The rotor, the mainspring barrel, radially symmetric rings displaying hours and minutes, and flying tourbillon, are all concentrically mounted and rotating around a shared axis. The energy travels from the rotor to the tourbillon regulator via gearing acting like a series of stairs. The power slowly and steadily transitions from one level to the next, allowing the minutes to be displayed around the periphery of the movement. Underneath the tentacles, a platinum mass ensures powerful and efficient winding.

MB&F Horological Machine No.7, HM7 Aquapod

While Horological Machine No.7 is not a dive watch, it incorporates some of the elements of a classical divers’ timepiece. For example, it features a unidirectional rotating bezel, but, Aquapod's bezel isn't attached to the case - it actually floats apart. The case of the watch, which measures 53.8 mm in diameter and is 21.3 mm thick, is like a three-dimensional sandwich made of two hemispheres of high-domed sapphire crystal on either side of a case band. The bezel floats outside, while dual crowns are located between the two structures.

Like many jellyfish species, the HM7 Aquapod glows in the dark – on the hour and minute numerals, around the inside of the movement, and along the tentacle-like winding rotor.  Its three-dimensional vertical movement is assembled from 303 components and 35 jewels, and provides around 72 hours of power reserve. The watch is water resistant to 50 meters of depth, and it features a rubber bracelet molded in aircraft-grade Fluorocarbon FKM 70 Shore A elastomer, with folding buckle matching case material.

 MB&F Horological Machine No.7, HM7 Aquapod

MB&F Horological Machine No.7, HM7 Aquapod is available in editions in grade 5 titanium or 18k 5N+ red gold. The titanium version, limited to 33 pieces, retails for $98,000, while the rose-gold model, limited to 66 pieces, goes for $118,000. For details, visit mbandf.com.

MB&F Horological Machine No.7, HM7 Aquapod

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