Swiss luxury watch maker MB&F has been recognizable worldwide for its revolutionary methods of making horology masterpieces. For this reason only, the products from the brand are termed as Horological Machines instead of simply calling them timepieces.
Being a wild child in the haute horlogerie industry, the MB&F brand now takes inspiration from the celebrity rebels like James Dean (Hollywood movie star) and Billy Idol (Rock singer). However its new timepiece HM3 ReBel, unlike the above mentioned rebels, comes with a cause: horological anarchy.
Unlike normal wristwatches, HM3 ReBel has been designed to be worn on the right wrist. The rebellion character of this timepiece is already mentioned in its name ReBel: R for right (hand), B for Black (case). And like all true rebels, nothing on the HM3 ReBel is quite as it first appears, especially when you take a closer look behind its nonchalantly cool façade. Under the ReBel’s open black leather jacket – or to be more precise, its black PVD-treated white gold case – charcoal-coloured movement plates and bridges form a darkened backdrop to the resplendent flash of the 22K rotor as it speeds by.
Despite its anarchistic appearance and unorthodox right-wrist architecture, the HM3 ReBel has a serious side. This dynamic, three-dimensional sculpture is a highly technical wristwatch as well as a statement of attitude. The ReBel’s twin cones ergonomically indicate the hours and minutes, with the hour cone capped by a day/night indicator. The top caps of the truncated cones are brazed (not glued) to ensure maximum water-resistance and the red “hands” of the hour and minute indicators are cut by laser to obtain the incredibly high precision/minimum mass ratio the design necessitates.
White gold clover-head screws on top of the black case resemble rivets in an upmarket biker’s leather jacket, while the large, legible numbers of the over-sized date wheel around the rotor enable the date to be read off easily against a neat, engraved triangle on the case.
The rotor and oscillating balance on top provide a clue that the ReBel’s movement, featuring no less than 36 functional jewels and 304 components, is actually inverted. Turning the Machine over reveals the technical secret behind the powerful and superbly hand-finished engine: two large-diameter, high-tech ceramic bearings racing inside bright blue cages efficiently transmitting power up to the time indication cones and date wheel. HM3 ReBel comes in a limited edition of 18 pieces in black PVD-treated white gold, blackened movement and 22K gold rotor.
Model: MB&F HM3 ReBel
Edition : Limited edition of 18 pieces
Three-dimensional horological engine designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht/Agenhor
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Balance oscillating at 28,800 bph.
22K gold battle-axe shaped ‘mystery’ automatic winding rotor
Hour and minutes information transmitted via ceramic ball bearings to laser-cut hands.
Number of jewels: 36 (all functional)
Number of components: 304
Hour and day/night indicator on one cone
Minutes on second cone
Date around the movement
Black PVD coated 18K white gold case; limited edition of 18 pieces
Dimensions (exclusive of crown and lugs): 47mm x 50mm x 16mm
Number of case components: 57
Sapphire crystals: Cones and both display backs with anti-reflective treatment on both faces
Black hand-stitched alligator with 18K white gold and titanium custom designed deployment buckle