MB&F HM No. 6 ‘Space Pirate’ awarded Red Dot Best of the Best

MB&F’s fantastical Horological Machine N°6 (HM6) ‘Space Pirate’ has been awarded the Red Dot: Best of the Best for top quality and innovative design. In 2015, only 1.6 % of all entries in the competition won this sought-after award. 

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The Red Dot: Best of the Best is awarded for innovative design and is the highest individual award in the Red Dot Award: Product Design. Only the outstanding products in a category receive this award – in 2015, only 81 products from 31 categories were given the sought-after seal of quality.

The HM6 Space Pirate has been designed to operate in the hostile environment of space; that is the space on your wrist. In each of the four corners of HM6’s biomorphic case is a 360 sphere, capped top quality replica Omega and bottom by transparent sapphire crystal domes.

At the front, two semi-spherical indications rotate vertically (90 to the Engine), respectively displaying hours and minutes in large, highly legible numerals. At the back, twin spherical turbines spin horizontally, automatically regulating the winding system in case of excessive speed to reduce stress and wear.

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The central dome houses a 60-second flying tourbillon, the precision regulator of HM6’s Engine. There is no room at the top of the domed crystal for an upper support bridge and a flying tourbillon requires no upper bridge. A case of function following form. But, a transparent dome on a spacecraft – even a spacecraft of the wrist – offers the control cockpit little protection from the sun’s destructive thermonuclear radiation. So Space Pirate has a retractable, semi-spherical, titanium protective shield. When closed, the cover blocks harmful rays (especially UV light) from prematurely oxidising the Engine’s lubrication oils.

A crown at 9 o’clock opens and closes the cover in the blink of an eye. While the transparent cupola on top of HM6 Space Pirate offers a glimpse into the sophisticated Engine below, the sapphire crystal display portal on the back reveals more of the 475 finely finished components making up the highly complex movement, which required over three years of development. Also visible through the display back is part of the winding mechanism and the high-grade platinum 950 winding battle-axe rotor.

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The timepiece is made from grade Ti-6Al-4V titanium case, a metal stable at over 400C. A titanium brace runs longitudely around the central circumference of the hull, reinforcing the structure and supporting the lugs. With its lightweight titanium case and spherical corners, HM6 comfortably hugs wrists of all sizes.

With an idea inspired from Maximillian Busser’s childhood uk fake Omega watching a Japanese anime TV series called Capitaine Flam (Captain Future in English). Capitaine Flam had a spaceship called the Comet that consisted of two spheres joined by a connecting tube. Bsser imagined combining two such craft and the seeds of Space Pirate were planted.

Specifications

ENGINE
Three-dimensional horological engine developed exclusively for HM6 by MB&F with David Candaux Horlogerie Creative
Flying Tourbillon with retractable shield
Iridescent green platinum 950 battle-axe automatic winding rotor
Twin aluminium turbines driven by winding rotor
Power reserve: 72h
Balance frequency: 18,000bph/2.5Hz
Number of components: 475
Number of jewels: 68

FUNCTIONS / INDICATIONS

Hour and minutes on separate semi-spherical aluminium indications
Crown to open/close tourbillon shieldp

CASE

Manufactured by Les Artisans Boitiers
Ti-6Al-4V (Grade 5) titanium
Dimensions: 49.5 mm x 52.3 mm x 20.4 mm
Number of components: 80
Water resistance: 30m / 90’ / 3atm

SAPPHIRE CRYSTALS

10 sapphire crystals: 9 domed (4 for the hour and minute indications, 4 for the turbines, 1 for the tourbillon) and one flat (display back)

STRAP & BUCKLE

Hand-stitched calfskin strap with titanium custom designed folding