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Horological Machinie 7 Aquapod Flying Tourbillon sold

DETAILS

Maximilian Büsser, founder and head of the MB&F brand, was previously best known as the creator of the Opus project of Harry Winston Rare Timepieces, the watch division of Harry Winston, which he headed. With the same idea of watches full of creativity and allusions, he is also developing the MB&F collection. In this sense, the Horological Machine 7 Aquapod seems to be an “Opus diver’s watch”, i.e. a creative version of the classic diver’s watch, although it is far from the technical specifications required for this type of product. In particular, the HM7 Aquapod is not meant to be a diver’s watch – the watch is not water resistant enough for that, only up to 50 meters. Not enough for diving, but enough to immerse yourself in everyday urban life where good watches are appreciated. Far from being a purely technical watch, the HM7 is a mind game – the way a creative watchmaker can produce a diver’s watch without being bound by the established rules of a genre. Launched in 2017, the HM7 Aquapod has an unusual design that could be reminiscent of a flying saucer. The pebble-shaped case (i.e. pod-shaped, which is clearly reflected in the name of the watch) has been fitted with two very high domed sapphire crystals. On the front are two ring displays for the hours and minutes. Note that the time marker is located at the bottom of the dial. This allows you to combine the intuitively correct clockwise rotation of the rings with the intuitively correct reading of the time when the past hours and minutes are on the left and the coming hours and minutes on the right. Another unusual design solution for a diver’s watch is that it has two crowns, the first on the left for winding and the second on the right for setting the time. The pod-shaped case is surrounded by a unidirectional rotating "dive bezel" mounted on four jumps, so the ‘bezel’ in this case should rather be called a dive ring. It is used in the classic way: You have to set its triangular zero marker opposite the triangular zero marker on the minute ring. In 2017, the brand introduced two initial versions of the HM7: in 18k rose gold with a black ceramic bezel (the present example; limited edition of 66 pieces) and in titanium with a blue ceramic bezel (33 pieces). The brand then launched two further versions: HM7 Aquapod Ti Green in titanium with a green sapphire bezel (2018, 50 pieces) and HM7 Aquapod Pt Red in platinum with a red sapphire bezel (2019, 25 pieces). The total production quantity of this design was therefore 174 pieces, which in our opinion promises good prospects on the secondary market: the edition is not too small for the watch to remain in private collections and not appear on the market, and not so large that the large number of pieces on the market disrupts prices.

REASONS TO BUY

The MB&F HM7 Aquapod Flying Tourbillon 70.RLB.B Limited Edition 66 is a great acquisition for the collector thanks to its unique and spectacular design and the excellent and elaborate finishing of the case, dial and in-house automatic caliber with the very rare central tourbillon. We consider this watch to be an appealing embodiment of a designer’s fantasy of a diver’s watch, conceived as an exceptional collector’s timepiece and equipped with a central flying tourbillon. We believe that with this experiment, MB&F has created an exceptional mechanical wristwatch that is one of the icons of modern haute horlogerie. It is easily recognizable and immediately memorable. Its eye-catching design will delight anyone who wants to show their own style and independent way of thinking.

ABOUT THIS WATCH

The main feature of the HM7 Aquapod movement, designed and developed by MB&F itself, is its central cantilevered (flying) tourbillon. It’s a complex design, although it’s not as rare as you might think. Together with MB&F and Omega, who have introduced such a design, the number of Swiss brands offering central tourbillons is currently at least sixteen. The HM7 Aquapod with central tourbillon was made according to the rules of the genre. This means that the tourbillon is placed right in the center of the case and the time displays surround it concentrically. In the HM7, the hour and minute rings rotate on oversized central ceramic bearings. The curves of the highly domed sapphire crystal of the HM7 are continued in the shape of the hour and minute rings – a sign of solid, well thought-out design and uncompromising workmanship. The design of the back of the watch is just as spectacular as the front. Beneath the domed sapphire crystal, which is used much less frequently than the central tourbillon, is a full-disc rotor decorated with twelve “fangs” that converge towards the center and curve along the curvature of the sapphire crystal. It should be noted that Maximilian Büsser usually uses a double-bladed, axe-shaped self-winding rotor for MB&F watches, but for the rotor of HM7 he has abandoned this signature design and used it for the tourbillon cage instead.

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DELIVERY & RETURNS

We offer worldwide delivery on all of our watches.

If ordering from Switzerland or Europe, your watch will be sent the same working week. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working week.

If ordering from outside Europe, delivery will depend on the choice of courier and destination.

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.

WARRANTY

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards.

Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new.

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