MB&F Horological Machine No. 3 Sidewinder and Starcruiser Watch Further Luxurification Of Science Fiction

MB&F Horological Machine No. 3 Sidewinder and Starcruiser Watch Further Luxurification Of Science Fiction

MB&F Horological Machine No. 3 Sidewinder and Starcruiser Watch Further Luxurification Of Science Fiction   watch releases MB&F Horological Machine No. 3 Sidewinder and Starcruiser Watch Further Luxurification Of Science Fiction   watch releases

Where have I seen this look before? MB&F founder Max Busser doesn't hide the fact that he is inspired by science fiction and related culture in the creation of his timepiece novelties. The new MB&F No. 3 reminds me of a place between Star Wars' C3PO, "Batteries Not Included's" Wheem babybot, and Futurama's Bender. Compare the images, and I think you'll agree. Besides those references, there are plenty of other tech culture influences that went into the design of the No. 3 Sidewinder and Starcruiser.

MB&F Horological Machine No. 3 Sidewinder and Starcruiser Watch Further Luxurification Of Science Fiction   watch releases MB&F Horological Machine No. 3 Sidewinder and Starcruiser Watch Further Luxurification Of Science Fiction   watch releases

The difference between the two watches is orientation. Not THAT kind of orientation (anyone can wear them), but literally the way they are positioned. The Starcruiser is in a more vertical position with the crown pointed up, while the Sidewinder is turned on its side, with the dials stacked on each other and the crown pointed in toward your arm (assuming you are wearing the watch on your left wrist). Reading the time is based on looking at two conical gauges. One features the hours, while another features the minutes. Looking down at the hour cone you see a day/night indicator as the entire rotation of the hand takes 24 hours to make a full revolution. The adjacent cones features the minutes which can be read either on the side of the cone or looking from above. The watch doesn't have a dedicated seconds display, but really, is that what you are thinking about right now? You'll further appreciate knowing that the cones are made of solid pieces of sapphire crystal, which in case you were wondering is very hard to manufacture in these shapes.

MB&F Horological Machine No. 3 Sidewinder and Starcruiser Watch Further Luxurification Of Science Fiction   watch releases

The No. 3 has an interesting date display. Most of the disk is exposed, and an arrow to the right of the disk indicates what the date is. MB&F makes a big to do about how this has "never been done" before. Watch makers love this phrase. The date display is nice... nothing to have a press release about, but the high quality nature of the disc makes it interesting to look at. What is cool however, is the rotor for the automatic movement being exposed through the front of the watch in the middle of the date disc. Done in gold, and shaped like a boobie trap axe, the rotor reminds you that this is no watch you are looking at, but rather, an "Horological Machine." This is luxury marketing at its best ('wink wink').

MB&F Horological Machine No. 3 Sidewinder and Starcruiser Watch Further Luxurification Of Science Fiction   watch releases

In my opinion, this third Horological Machine iteration is the most cohesive design of the MB&F bunch. While each of their previous models was infinitely impressive, I was always just short of really being moved by the design. The No. 3 takes the theme to a new level for me, and the cultural icons that the watch reminds me of really make it something worth lusting for if I am ever in the position to blow six figures on any given weekend.

The watch case is red gold and titanium (the bottom) on the Starcruiser, and white gold and titanium on the Sidewinder. The rotor itself is 22k gold and plays a little visual trick. All rotors must weighted at one end so that they oscillate to wind the watch. The rotor in the HM3 (horological machine 3) looks to be symmetrical, so where is the extra weight? Simple, it is underneath the rotor, nothing too crazy, though MB&F loves to call it a mystery rotor, what an horological enigma!

MB&F Horological Machine No. 3 Sidewinder and Starcruiser Watch Further Luxurification Of Science Fiction   watch releases MB&F Horological Machine No. 3 Sidewinder and Starcruiser Watch Further Luxurification Of Science Fiction   watch releases

The crown is wonderfully large. It needs to be when you call this a machine. Place attention on its operating point. There is not much going on, on the rear of the watch, save for two symmetrical gears. These likely spin in tandem when you manually wind the watch. The hardest part of a movement such as in the HM3 is creating the symmetry and making it look so nice. There is nothing too inherently complicated about the MB&F No. 3 in watch terms. You can get the same functions in mechanical watch for a few hundred bucks. What is special, is the orientation of the gears and elements that make up the movement and the watch itself.

MB&F Horological Machine No. 3 Sidewinder and Starcruiser Watch Further Luxurification Of Science Fiction   watch releases MB&F Horological Machine No. 3 Sidewinder and Starcruiser Watch Further Luxurification Of Science Fiction   watch releases

This is not a watch I would call beautiful, but the steampunk goggle appearance of the time telling semi-cones is endearing. It is a sympathetic machine, and depending on its orientation, it looks to be smiling or demurely cute with the cones serving as eyes. Add the exposed screws and polished metal, and you have a thematic masterpiece that for once, combines science fiction, steampunk, and anthropomorphism; in a watch.

You can also appreciate the black hand stitched alligator strap with the fold over clasp (also gold an titanium) adoring the logo of the rotor design. It is kind of MB&F's icon, this rotor design. Look at the three prong connection to the lugs where the strap attaches to the case. It is a nice look, and the large sized screws work well on the side. The strap is really wide, but it needs to be so that the 47mm wide by 50mm high case of the HM3 doesn't look too gargantuan.

Can you afford this timepiece wonder? Not likely. Price has not been announced yet (to my knowledge) but don't expect prices to go south of $100,000, more likely in the $200,000 - $300,000 range. Though I might be wrong, and a shiny new Sidewinder or Starcruiser could soon be had for a svelte $80,000 - $100,000.

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7 comments
Stuart
Stuart

Just noticed this after reading your concours d'elegance piece, great btw. The buckle cut out is remarkably similar to the style used in the montblanc timewalker series. Is this a design that is used often?

LeCroix
LeCroix

I would also add in "The Watchmen" as reference for Max Brusser's science fiction influence...the Owl Ship they used for travel reminds of the face of the HM3...

Yesenia
Yesenia

Could you please send me the price of the HM3 by MB & F!...thank you!

admin
admin

The design isn't actually that much the same when you compare the two, but I know what you mean. That style is used on a few high end watches that I've seen.

admin
admin

Yea, that makes sense. I think the movie came out after the watch was designed, but you can put the two together.

admin
admin

I don't sell watches. Ask MB&F

Jason Dunn
Jason Dunn

The graphic novel that the movie was based on came out in the late '80s. The movie version of the ship isn't much different from the one in the comic, so it's possible it influenced the design.

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  1. [...] All the tech specs and items like that you'll need about the HM3 can be found here. I have no desire to write all that again. This article is about wearing the watch. Though for dimensional purposes I will remind you that the watch is big, and constructed either out of 18k rose gold and titanium, or like here, in 18k white gold and titanium (titanium mostly for the caseback). The watch is about 47mm x 50mm in size. For my small wrists, even on the smallest size, the watch strap was a bit large in fit. If you have small wrists you might have to lets MB&F know so that they can make a special, slightly smaller strap for you. [...]