MB&F HM5 RT Watch Is The Horological Driving Machine In Gold

MB&F HM5 RT Watch Is The Horological Driving Machine In Gold

MB&F HM5 RT Watch Is The Horological Driving Machine In Gold   watch releases

For 2013, MB&F announces this new limited edition version of the Horological Machine No 5 (HM5) watch in 18k red gold. aBlogtoWatch reviewed the MB&F HM5 watch here when it first became available in 2012. This fifth edition of the Horological Machine legacy is inspired by driving watches (and cars) from mostly the 1970s. The wedge-shaped case displays the time on the side, visible through a sapphire crystal prism that magnifies the hour and minute indicator discs for increased legibility. Originally in all zirconium (similar to titanium) this new HM5 RT version comes in a case using parts made from 18k red gold as well as titanium.

For a longer discussion on the HM in terms of both inspiration and technical features, please reference the above review article. We will primarily focus on the details of this particular HM5 RT "On The Road Again" model. The wedge-shaped case happens to look good using mixed color parts, and the colored frame around where you read the time has been colored in blue versus green. One of the most unique elements of this otherwise highly unique watch is a small lever which opens up the "louvres" (slits) on the top of the case.

MB&F HM5 RT Watch Is The Horological Driving Machine In Gold   watch releases

Inspired by the rear windows on some 1970s and 1980s sports cars, these louvres allow light to enter the case. Why? Light falls on where the discs that indicate the time are located and allow their luminant to be charged so that one can read the time in the dark. Small holes in the case act as "exhaust ports" allowing any water that enters this section of the case to exit. The movement itself is fully cased and prevents water from entering it. Light is simply hitting a section of the sapphire crystal prism.

Inside the MB&F HM5 RT watch is a unique automatic movement designed by the team at Swiss Chronode. The disc that indicates the hours "jumps" to indicate the time more precisely. Visible through the rear of the case, you can see the MB&F battleaxe style automatic rotor in 22k red gold.

MB&F HM5 RT Watch Is The Horological Driving Machine In Gold   watch releases

At 49mm wide, shaped in a less than orthodox manner, the HM5 appears to be an awkward item to wear. It is in fact rather comfortable, but reading the time from the side requires getting used to. The concept is based on the idea that if wearing the watch while driving, you don't need to turn your wrist to read the time. Most of the case is actually in titanium. That includes the inner case, caseback, as well as other elements. The top and front part of the HM5 RT case are in 18k red gold, offering a warmer look than the original all gray zirconium model.

Attached to the same retro-futuristic rubber strap, the Horlogical Machine No. 5 RT retains the bold looks of the original. It isn't a watch for everyone, but as we stated in our original review, the watch is exceptionally well done for what it is. MB&F will release the HM5 RT as a limited edition of just 66 pieces at a price of $82,000. mbandf.com

MB&F HM5 RT Watch Is The Horological Driving Machine In Gold   watch releases

MB&F HM5 RT Watch Is The Horological Driving Machine In Gold   watch releases

ENGINE

- Three-dimensional horological engine developed by Jean-François Mojon and Vincent Boucard of Chronode
- Powered by a Sowind gear train
- Battle-axe 22k gold ‘mystery’ automatic winding rotor
- Power reserve: 42 hours
- Balance frequency: 28,800bph/4Hz
- Number of components: 224
- Number of jewels: 30
- Engine housed in a water resistant, titanium inner container

FUNCTIONS / INDICATIONS

- Minutes and bi-directional jumping hours displayed by reflective sapphire crystal prism with integrated magnifying lens
- Slide to open/close louvres on case top

CASE

- 18k red gold and titanium with internal water resistant titanium engine container
- Slide button to open/close louvres
- Exhaust ports to drain water
- Dimensions: 51.5mm x 49mm x 22.5mm
- Number of components: 80
- Water resistance of engine container: 30m / 90’ / 3atm

SAPPHIRE CRYSTALS

- Smoked optical grade sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and 20% magnification.
- Sapphire crystal on back with anti-reflective treatment on both faces.

STRAP AND BUCKLE

- Sculptured rubber strap, titanium tang buckle

13 comments
badwisdom
badwisdom

This looks like the back of Bond's Lotus Esprit. For 82.000, ill buy the car....

MKRoma
MKRoma

I love MB&F but, from their collection, this is my "least desired" piece. The use of two colours just makes it seem unfinished, but maybe it looks better in the flesh. Bring on SalonQP tomorrow!

Zeitblom
Zeitblom

" It isn't a watch for everyone, but as we stated in our original review, the watch is exceptionally well done for what it is."

This is a very useful phrase, I am going to appropriate it. Next time somebody shows me their horrid Rolex day date with the squashed bottle-cap bezel and the old-folks-home Cyclops, instead of saying, "What a POS!" and offending them, I will just restrain my shudders and say, "Umm... it's exceptionally good... for what it is."

superunborn
superunborn

I understand what this watch is but still, at a price point of $82,000 they better slap a matching 18kt gold bracelet on it.


mikarvey
mikarvey

Very impractical as a watch, but, at best, an interesting collectable for someone with money to burn. I'd certainly prefer a quick glance at a standard watch face to searching for the best angle to read the time. And those ridiculous louvers ("louvres") and "exhaust ports" which will actually trap water and invite mold. Limited edition of 66? They'll be lucky to sell 10. More interesting would be profiles on the people who actually pay $82,000 for this joke. Sorry.

Shawnnny
Shawnnny

Wow, when I first saw the louvres it reminded me of my mint condition dark chocolate metallic brown Datsun 280Z. It had louvres on the back window, just like this watch. It had some gold wheels and fully adjustable racing suspension. What a car that was. I'd give anything to drive that car again, wearing this watch!!

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

How many  oxygen-deprived staff meetings did I sit through, did I endure, where I would not have wanted a watch I could sneek a look at from the side. Were I not retired and living the life of idleness in indolence, I would have paid $82,000 for such a watch, if, for no other reason, than to time that upperly-mobile keener/apple polisher who thinks he/she is impressing someone by talking...and talking...and talking, while the rest of us minions just want to go home.

MBF (and $82,000) where were you when I needed you?

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

"Small holes in the case act as "exhaust ports" allowing any watches that enters this section of the case to exit." - I don't follow you.

Another variation on a theme.  I have never been crazy about the design but it looks stylish and sophisticated - I just question its practicality as an actual watch.  The odd blue outlines on the viewing window look a bit silly, like someone scrawled over it with a highlighter pen.  For all the cleverness, it still gets a "meh" from me.

Kar Wai Law
Kar Wai Law

I never wanted to own a red gold watch.. until now..sigh..*check wallet*

Zeitblom
Zeitblom

@Ulysses31 "Small holes in the case act as "exhaust ports" allowing any watches that enters this section of the case to exit." - I don't follow you.

This is a polite description of watches copulating. Though I can't imagine a watch desperate enough to want to have sex with this monstrosity.

superunborn
superunborn

@Shawnnny  I recently sold a 1983 fox silver 280ZX. I see what you're saying mine had a Chastain louver on it. I too miss my 280!