MB&F Horological Machine No.7 ‘Aquapod’

MB&F’s brand new Horological Machine, the HM7 Aquapod takes its aesthetic inspiration from one of the most delicate creatures in the sea: the jellyfish. Equipped with an in-house developed mechanical self-winding movement, this high horology complication mimics the radially symmetric character of a jellyfish.

Available in Titanium or Red gold, its watch case features a three-dimensional sandwich design comprising two hemispheres of high-domed sapphire crystal on either side of a metal case band.

Featuring a life buoy design, a stunning unidirectional ceramic bezel floats outside the case.  Two crowns are placed between the two structures: left one is for winding the movement and the crown on the right is for setting the time. The large crowns are ergonomically designed for ease of use.

To enhance the captivating beauty of curved ceramic bezel, the numerals and markers were first engraved in the ceramic using a laser, after which the engraved sections were filled with metalized titanium. The whole ring was then polished to a high gloss.

Inside the case, the organic jellyfish-inspired design is counter-balanced by a complex engine featuring a central flying tourbillon tops the concentric vertical movement architecture, with indications radiating out from the centre like ripples in a pond.

The tentacle-like automatic winding rotor generates the energy required for the horological engine. Where jellyfish have a radially symmetric ring of neurons for a brain, Aquapod has radially symmetric rings displaying hours and minutes. Where jellyfish have a hood or bell on top, HM7 Aquapod has an imposing flying tourbillon regulating the power generated by the rotor, and transforming it into the display of time.

The winding rotor’s tentacles are crafted from a solid block of titanium; their very three-dimensional nature makes machining and finishing extremely challenging. Underneath the tentacles, a platinum mass ensures powerful and efficient winding.

The three-dimensional, spherical movement architecture is inspired from the movements of “onion” pocket watches of 18th century. All its mechanisms – from the winding rotor at the bottom, past the mainspring barrel and hour and minute displays, to the flying tourbillon on top – rotate concentrically around the centre. The curves of the high-domed sapphire crystal are mirrored in the shape of the time display rings, which are not simply flat and angled, but are mathematically precise, curved spherical segments. Comprising of 303-components, the 35 jewels HM7 Engine can deliver 72-hour power reserve.

The choice of a flying tourbillon was deliberate as the upper bridge of a normal tourbillon would have necessitated the use of smaller, less legible time-display rings. The continually rotating flying tourbillon regulator at the very top of the movement is positioned for maximum appreciation by day, while three panels of AGT Ultra (Ambient Glow Technology) lume around the inside of the movement illuminate the tourbillon for maximum appreciation by night.

Hours and minutes are displayed by two spherical segment discs in aluminium and titanium, which are supported by specially developed oversized ceramic ball bearings. The hour and minute numerals and markers have been hand-painted in Super-LumiNova, making them legible by night. They are hand-painted, because it is impossible to print neatly on such complexly-curved components.

The casually elegant HM7 Aquapod is secured by a strap in engraved aircraft-grade rubber with folding buckle matching case material.

Initially, as a launch edition, the HM7 Aquapod is available in 33 pieces in grade 5 titanium with blue bezel, and 66 pieces in 18K 5N+ red gold with black bezel.

Technical details
Model: HM7 Aquapod
Launch editions in grade 5 titanium with blue bezel and 18k 5N+ red gold with black bezel – both with blue luminescent details.

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

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

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

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

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