To support the ninth edition of Only Watch biennial charity auction, MB&F created a one-of-a-kind horological machine christened HM10 Panda.
This is the sixth contribution to Only Watch charity event with its proceedings go to fund research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disorder mostly affecting young boys.
The unique piece created for this year’s Only Watch is based on MB&F Horological Machine N°10, which boasts a rounded, compact body inspired by the shape of a Panda. Coated in black and white lacquer, its top section of this stainless steel case mimics the animal’s colouring.
The bottom segment of the timepiece is made of Grade 5 titanium, and then treated with Preci-Coat matt black PVD. Along with two black titanium ears on the sapphire crystal dome and the ceramic tail, the case evoke a Panda.
The two black aluminium time-display domes are similar to panda’s eyes. As a nod to the highly sought-after Panda dials, this unique timepiece features a white dial background with two black indicators.
The HM10 Panda is equipped with an in-house developed manual winding movement. It offers a power reserve of 45 hours when fully-wound.
A three-dimensional, panda teeth-shaped power reserve indicator displays the status of mainspring: a fully closed mouth means it needs winding up and. When the mainspring is fully wound, you can observe the rows of shining teeth lining the jaws. This playful mechanism has been designed to consume the least amount of energy.
Despite its unseal shape and massive size (45mm across, 54mm from nose to tail and 24mm height), the HM10 Panda offers optimum comfort for the wrists, thanks to its sprung strap attachment “legs” that allow the case to fit closely around the wrist. Its hand-stitched leather strap has one side in black and the other in white.
For this unique piece, MB&F has also collaborated with Lee Yuen-Rapati, an interdisciplinary artist renowned for his horology inspired art works. Known for his playful, narrative-based illustrations, Lee has created several artworks to perfectly illustrate the HM10 Panda concept.
The Only Watch 2021 event will take place in Geneva on 6th November. The MB&F HM10 Panda for Only Watch is accompanied by a series of illustrations created by multidisciplinary designer Lee Yuen-Rupati.
Model: HM10 PANDA FOR ONLY WATCH
Manual-winding in-house movement
Frequency: 2.5Hz (18,000bph)
Bespoke flying 14mm balance wheel with four traditional regulating screws floating above the domed dials
Super-LumiNova on the hour and minute domes and markers
Single barrel with 45 hours of power reserve
301 components, 34 jewels
Left crown at 11 o’clock for winding; right crown at 1 o’clock for setting the time
Hours on left dome (aluminium dome rotating in 12 hours)
Minutes on right dome (aluminium dome rotating in 60 minutes)
Power reserve indicated in 3D by the opening and closing of the panda’s teeth (end of power reserve = closed jaws)
Top section: stainless steel, with 5 pockets of black lacquer and 2 pockets of white lacquer (each with 3 layers of colour and 7 layers of varnish).
Bottom section: Grade 5 titanium, with Preci-Coat matt black PVD. Specially engraved with Only Watch signature: “Only Watch – create beauty to do good”
Lugs: Grade 5 titanium with Preci-Coat matt black PVD.
Ears: Grade 5 titanium, fused to the sapphire crystal dome with Asulab bonding.
Tail: Ceramic (Grade 5 silicon nitride sphere)
Dimensions: 54mm x 45mm x 24mm
Water resistant to 5ATM / 50m / 160ft
Sapphire crystals: Both sapphire crystals treated with anti-reflective coating on both faces.
Hand-stitched black and white strap with one side in black and the other in white