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The Ultimate Modern Haute Horlogerie Watch

MB&F HM4 Thunderbolt

Roll up your sleeve while wearing the HM4 and the last thing it resembles is a wristwatch. Sitting across the wrist are two titanium cylinders, like jet engines. At the inboard side of the left cylinder is a power reserve meter that displays how many of the watch’s 72 hours are left before it requires hand winding. The right cylinder is the dial, with numerals, markers and hands not unlike a World War II pilot’s watch. On the outboard side of each cylinder is a crown. The left one winds the movement and the right one is used to set the time. Both cylinders are connected to each other at the middle by a bridge made of a single piece of sapphire through which you can observe the movement. The short answer is that this is not a traditional timepiece.

If you bought an HM4, and they are in limited supply, the odds of seeing anyone else wearing one. With its avant-garde design, state-of-the-art technology and polarizing looks, MB&F’s Horological Machine No. 4 meets all of our criteria and we name it our ultimate modern haute horlogerie watch. At least until Horological Machine No. 5 is released. Then this one will be old news. 

It’s $158,000. (USD)

“Modern” is a little trickier to define, whether you’re talking about art, architecture or wristwatches. Modernism really is about stepping away from the traditions of the past and going in a new direction in a spirit of experimentation 

Horological Machine No4 Thunderbolt – Technical Specifications from MB&F:
Engine:
Three-dimensional horological engine developed 100% by MB&F
Manual winding with two mainspring barrels in parallel
Power reserve: 72 hours
Balance frequency: 21,600bph/3Hz
Number of components: 311
Number of jewels: 50
Functions:
Hours, minutes and power reserve indicator
Hours and minutes on right dial, power reserve indicator on left dial
Separate crowns for time setting and winding
Case:
Grade 5 titanium and sapphire
Dimensions: 54mm wide x 52mm long x 24mm high
Number of components: 65
Articulation of lugs: 3°
Sapphire crystals:
Five sapphire crystals: 2 x dials, 1 x central case section, 2 x display panels (top and bottom)
Strap & Buckle:
Black hand-stitched calfskin strap with titanium/white gold custom designed deployment buckle attached to articulated lugs

 Modern haute horlogerie is like modern art or pornography; it’s hard to describe, but you’ll know it when you see it.

 

 

 

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