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You’ve Never Seen Anything Like This $98,000 Watch From MB&F

MB&F’s new “Horological Machine” is a flight of fancy that turns the traditional dive watch on its head.

Every year, the avant-garde watchmakers at MB&F come up with a new “Horological Machine,” a timepiece that is meant to change the way we mark—and think about—the passage of time. They’re often Star Trek-looking devices, that will have you peering into their sides to find out what hour it is, or piecing it together through a series of bulbous, walleyed indicators. One looked like the exhaust pipe of a rocket ship, and another was designed to evoke a 1970s-era turntable. Though MB&F has been doing this for only a decade, it was beginning to feel as if the brand had explored every different permutation of time-telling.

Two prior Horological Machines from MB&F. On the left, the HM2 from 2008; on the right, the HM6 SV ("Sapphire Vision") from 2016.

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So when the company decides to go round—you know, like most other watches—you know it’s still going to be a leap beyond the ordinary. For 2017, with the Horological Machine No. 7, MB&F founder Maximillian Büsser was inspired by the anatomy of a jellyfish; indeed, the “Aquapod,” as his team is calling it, has an almost traditional ceramic dive bezel encircling the outer perimeter of the case.

MB&F Horological Machine 7 Aquapod

Front and side views of the new MB&F Horological Machine 7.

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But tradition ends there. Positioned in the very center of the watch, under a high domed crystal, is a flying tourbillon. Radiating out in concentric circles from there are rotating discs that show the hours and minutes. You tell time by reading a marker painted onto the glass as the discs turn below.

MB&G Horological Machine 7 Aquapod

Lume on the numbers—as well as panels that light up the movement—make the HM&F a compelling device at night.

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Underneath, an aggressive-looking titanium rotor with tentacle-like arms spins to charge the movement. The unit is lit at night by panels of glow-in-the-dark “Ambient Glow Technology” luminescent material.

Two super-sized crowns on the right and left float in the air between the movement and the bezel, and allow for winding and time-setting. Flexible lugs help ease wearability for such a large watch.

MB&F Horological Machine 7

The rear of the HM7, in the rose gold version (left) and in titanium. The rotors are made from a single piece of machined titanium and are intended to evoke octopus tentacles.

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The whole thing is big on the wrist—53.8mm across and 21.3mm high—and has a 72-hour power reserve. You can order it in either titanium (with a blue bezel) or the 18k red gold you see in these pictures (with the black bezel); both come with the rubber bracelet.

The price is CHF 98,000 CHF ($97, 960) for the titanium version and 118,000 CHF for the rose gold.

MB&F Horological Machine 7 Aquapod

The two versions of the watch.

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