Undeniably theatrical SIHH 2016 MB&F HM6 Space Pirate in Sapphire is finally the watch to make me eat my words. The article has been updated below to include price of the HM6-SV.
Sapphire changes the MB&F HM6 SV Entirely
When first unveiled in 2014, the Horological Machine No.6 ‘Space Pirate’ was first the first MB&F watch which made ask the man himself, “What the F… was that?”. Today, a day after Max Busser’s birthday, I enjoy not cake but delicious humble pie.
At the time, given the existence was X-Wings and Battlestar Galactica Vipers, it was my contention that Captain Future’s spaceship wasn’t exactly the sexiest spaceship. That said, the reason why the first edition of worked from a horological point of view was that in each of the four corners of HM6’s biomorphic case, there were 360° spheres capped by transparent sapphire crystal domes. In baring the moving components of the three-dimensional calibre developed exclusively for HM6 by MB&F with David Candaux Horlogerie Créative, the HM6 Ti and HM6 RT tapped into the emotive core of the movement.
SIHH 2016 MB&F extends Space Pirate design philosophy
For SIHH 2016 MB&F extends that philosophy to its logical climax, going beyond just four corners of sapphire spheres and giving the HM6-SV, the full transparent sapphire crystal plate treatment completely exposing the movement within. In terms of the mechanism, the two semi-spherical indications still rotate vertically, displaying hours and minutes while aft quarters of the ‘Space Pirate’ continue to feature the horizontally spinning twin spherical turbines which regulate the winding system for excessive speed and stress, driven through multiplying gearing by the automatic winding rotor.
The gearwork in the new SIHH 2016 MBF HM6 Sapphire is completely viewable, allowing you to follow the path of stored kinetic energy into the central dome housing the 60-second flying tourbillon, which regulates the Space Pirate’s Engine. The retractable shield operated by the crown on the left of the case is still present, dramatically rising to protect the flying tourbillon from UV oxidising rays which can compromise lubricating oils.
While the transparent housing of the HM6 Space Pirate offers a tantalizing glimpse into the sophisticated calibre built by David Candaux exclusively for MB&F, the full sapphire crystal caseback reveals more of the 475 finely finished components making up the highly complex movement, which required over three years of development. Also visible is the signature winding mechanism and the platinum 950 winding battle-axe rotor.
HM6 ‘Space Pirate’ is available now in four limited editions: HM6-SV in platinum/sapphire crystal (10 pieces) and in red gold/sapphire crystal (10 pieces), HM6 Ti in grade 5 titanium (50 pieces) and HM6 RT in 18K 5N+ red gold and titanium (18 pieces). There will only be 100 HM6 movements made in total.
SIHH 2016 MBF HM6 SV price for gold and platinum respectively: US$368,00/ US$398,000.