MB&F Horological Machine No.7 ‘Aquapod’ Green

Launched in 2017, the MB&F HM7 Aquapod features an organic jellyfish-inspired design. The inaugural collection was consisted of a red gold version with black ceramic bezel, and a titanium version with blue ceramic bezel. On its technical side, this high end horology creation houses a central flying tourbillon tops the concentric vertical movement architecture, with indications radiating out from the centre like ripples in a pond. In 2018, MB&F is releasing a new model in a titanium case with a green sapphire crystal bezel, limited to 50 pieces.

HM7 Aquapod boasts a radially symmetric design inspired by Jellyfish. The design inspiration can be seen from the architecture of movement with tentacle-like automatic winding rotor, the radially symmetric rings displaying hours and minutes, and the imposing flying tourbillon.

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 Horological Machine No.7 is not a dive watch, but MB&F added a unidirectional rotating bezel, a signature feature of diving watches. However, Aquapod’s bezel isn’t attached to the case, but floats apart like a life buoy.

The 303-component, 72-hour power reserve HM7 Engine was developed in-house by MB&F. Spherically three-dimensional, 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.

HM7 Aquapod is available in 3 limited editions: titanium with blue ceramic bezel limited to 33 pieces, red gold with black ceramic bezel limited to 66 pieces, and titanium with green sapphire crystal bezel limited to 50 pieces.

Technical details

Model: HM7 Aquapod
Version: Grade 5 titanium, with green sapphire crystal bezel and green lume (50 pieces)

Other models
Grade 5 titanium, with blue ceramic bezel and blue lume (33 pieces);
18k 5N+ red gold, with black ceramic bezel and blue lume (66 pieces);

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

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: 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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