The Friends are back in town! To say that the new Horological Machine, rolled out in two limited series, shatters conventions, is far from being clichéd. It literally takes your breath away. Guided tour.
Imagining the future. Although today the concept appears to be doomed to deadlock, in the second half of the 20th century, the idea was booming in literature, in design and even in architecture. Among the creations of homes of the future, curved lines reigned over right angles, as seen in bubble houses. In a nutshell, practical gave way to visual harmony. MB&F embraces this philosophy with its surprising Horological Machine 11. And, if truth be told, the HM11 Architect is unlike any other watch. Its impressive, elaborate 42 mm-diameter, grade 5 titanium and sapphire-crystal case is split into four distinct curvilinear spaces boasting the same shapes. It took ninety-two pieces to finalize it.
Each ‘room’ separated by a 90° angle of offset flaunts its own identity. One displays the hours and minutes. The next one, the power reserve, which informs on the amount of energy left out of the 96 hours the caliber produces. The third stands out through the function it center stages: a thermometer, capable of measuring temperatures from -20°C to + 60°C. And, last but not least, the fourth room unveils a round badge engraved with the brand’s iconic battle-axe motif. A gentle pull on it, and this transparent module opens in a click. This enigmatic piece serves as such as the crown. Ten full rotations are all it takes to fill up on energy! The manual-winding movement’s reverse-rotation flying tourbillon reigns supreme in the center of the HM11 Architect. What an incredible show! Yet there’s more… when you discover you can turn the ‘house’ to access each ‘room’ to read the data desired. With MB&F, the future is here & now.