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MB&F HM7 Aquapod

Posted by Iain Robb on

When you open a press release from a brand, one of the first things you are confronted with is a paragraph of florid prose about the “inspiration” for the watch in question. Sometimes it’s well written, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s about motor racing, or aviation. Sometimes it’s about heritage or innovation. Quite often it’s about underwater exploration. In this regard the MB&F HM7 Aquapod press release is no different from literally thousands of others. Except, look at that watch!

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titanium/blue bezel (limited to 33 pieces)

How could anything about this watch be generic? Well it’s not. The Inspiration for this watch is deep-sea, but it aint about diving. It doesn’t claim the bezel is a tribute to Jacques Cousteau’s nose. It doesn’t profess to be an incarnation of the watch used by frogmen from the landlocked navy of Liechtenstein. It draws it’s inspiration from a jellyfish. We love that.

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18K red gold/black bezel (limited to 66 pieces)

Here at WatchAnish we do not now know a huge amount about marine biology, but the pod like case that erupts upwards certainly brings to mind the head/body/you know what we mean, part of a jellyfish.

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The skeletonised nature of the dial reminds one of the translucent skin of the creature, showing us the inner workings. Jellyfish actually don’t have a brain (that’s our one jellyfish fact) so the complex movement of this watch is a departure from that as a theme, but we’ll allow it because that’s what the guys at MB&F do.

“a central flying tourbillon tops the concentric vertical movement architecture, with indications radiating out from the centre like ripples in a pond.”

We don’t usually like to copy and paste from the press release but we honestly couldn’t think of a way to put it that was nearly so eloquent.

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On the reverse the rotor that powers this 72 hour power-reserve, in-house movement is symbolic of a jellyfish’s tentacles.

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The HM7 Aquapod has an aversion to anything flat. This is a watch that embraces the third dimension while measuring the fourth. It stands out for its design because it literally stands out from your wrist.

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It also really stands out in the dark. Mimicking the beautiful bioluminescence of certain species of medusozoa*.

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To finish the allusion to the aquatic depths, the bezel seems to float, independent of the case, as if drifting in water.

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If you have the bravado to pull off a watch like this, and don’t mind being stung (sorry) 98,000 CHF for the titanium or 118,000 CHF for the red-gold, then this is clearly the watch for you. A sublime blend of horology and imagination.

*Medusozoa is the scientific name for jellyfish. Every day’s a school day.

Vital Statistics:

Engine

Three-dimensional vertical architecture, automatic winding, conceived and developed in-house by MB&F

Central flying 60-second tourbillon

Power reserve: 72 hours

Balance frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 bph

Three-dimensional winding rotor in titanium and platinum

Number of components: 303

Number of jewels: 35

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Functions/indications

Hours and minutes displayed by two aluminium / titanium spherical segment discs rotating on oversized central ceramic bearings

Unidirectional rotating bezel for elapsed time

Numerals, markers and segments along the winding rotor in Super-LumiNova

3 panels of AGT Ultra (Ambient Glow Technology) lume around the flying tourbillon

Two crowns: winding on left and time-setting on right

Case

Spherical construction

Material: launch editions in grade 5 titanium or 18k 5N+ red gold

Dimensions: 53.8 mm x 21.3 mm

Number of components: 95

Water resistance: 50 m / 150 feet / 5 atm

Sapphire crystals

Top and bottom sapphire crystals treated with anti-reflective coating on both faces.

Strap & buckle

Rubber bracelet moulded in aircraft-grade Fluorocarbon FKM 70 Shore A elastomer with folding buckle matching case material.

 

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