When it was first dispatched in 2017, the MB&F HM7 Aquapod was very much a surprise… Imagine a jellyfish-roused timepiece, with a jumping bezel, a vertical development with tourbillon, a fair water obstruction and a plan without a solitary point, composed entirely of bends. Disruptive, provocative, unusual… A genuine talking piece. After the debut variants – red gold with dark ceramic bezel and titanium with blue clay bezel – the HM7 is back in a titanium case with a green sapphire gem bezel, restricted to 50 pieces (giving us a decent pardon to glance back at this extremely uncommon watch).
To give a legitimate (and individual) setting, I was not particularly enthusiastic when I initially saw the MB&F HM7 Aquapod . This isn’t the first time that this happens to me with one of Max Büsser’s and Friends’ creations. I had a similar inclination with the LM Perpetual, which from the start I discovered excessively complex, excessively occupied. However, I altered my perspective in the wake of seeing it on a few events. Indeed, I can review a conversation with Max, when he showed us (Frank and me) the HM7 at the SIHH 2017. I can recall him saying that, in those days, he had recently found the word “fugly” and that he was very glad that his most recent child could incite such countless contradicting assessments. He admitted to us that the very beginning of his creations would be consistently perceived as great (simply great, no more), it would imply that his creativity is dead. What’s more, with the HM7, I had such sentiments. Until now.
This new MB&F HM7 Aquapod Ti Green (for titanium case/green bezel) is my second experience with this interesting piece – I can scarcely name it a watch… perhaps a horological UFO. I had one year to process the debut variants and to become acclimated to it, to become acquainted with it. Furthermore, actually, I’ve began to like this watch to an ever increasing extent, with every one of its deficiencies, with its strength, with its solid temper, its one of a kind appearance. Truth be told, all I required was to see the freshest variant that we’ll now investigate in this article.
What is the HM7 Aquapod? It is another entryway, which opens new skylines for the brand. Regardless of whether a portion of the first plan signals of the brand are still present, new ones have been coordinated. After a few space-enlivened watches (HM2, HM3 and HM6), after a few vehicle roused pieces (HM5, HMX and HM8) and even a plane-motivated creation (HM4), the MB&F HM7 Aquapod ventures out into the water with its more natural, less robotic inspiration.
The configuration has been made around the state of a jellyfish – see the round focal body and the lash, connected to the case like appendages? Don’t envision that all the components so dear to MB&F are gone however. For example, we still find radiating indications of the time and a vertically mounted development put under an enormous glass bubble. By and large, this HM7 feels very MB&F without being a duplicate of past creations. It is a model in its own right.
The engineering of the development is both complex and entirely adjusted to the inspiration and the state of the watch. Much the same as a jellyfish has a ring of neurons as a cerebrum, the HM7 shows the hours and minutes on fringe rings. Much the same as a jellyfish, it has an even conception, with the regulating organ (a one-minute tourbillon) set on top, directly in the focal point of the watch, uncovered under a profoundly domed sapphire air pocket. At last, power is brought to the development by a winding rotor, set on the other side of this type, as a stabilizer to the tourbillon on top. The “tentacles” of this rotor are created from strong titanium in a complex three-dimensional way.
This covers the focal component – comprising the development and the indication of the time. However, there’s a second design on this watch: an outer unidirectional rotating bezel. Dissimilar to most other jump watches available, the MB&F HM7 Aquapod’s bezel isn’t joined to the situation, however coasts separated, as though it was unattached to the situation. The actual case is enormous – 53.8mm in distance across, 21.3mm in tallness – yet feels shockingly comfortable on the wrist, on account of the manner in which the tie is joined to the situation. The tie is secured under the situation and doesn’t have distending carries. Don’t anticipate that the HM7 should fly under the radar, however at any rate it will be wonderful on the wrist, and it will actually want to withstand a few dives, with its 50m water-resistance.
For this third edition, the HM7 Aquapod Ti Green, the case is made of titanium and combined with another brilliant green bezel. The debut editions featured a blue or dark earthenware bezel, on which the numerals and markers were first engraved in the fired utilizing a laser, after which the engraved sections were loaded up with metallised titanium. After the choice was made to utilize green for the third edition, the earthenware must be supplanted in light of the fact that it couldn’t recreate the ideal tone. All things being equal, it presently includes a sapphire precious stone ring where numbers and markers are metallised under the sapphire gem, alongside a layer of green veneer – implying that the surface is currently smooth.
The aftereffect of this new green bezel is a watch that feels lighter, more open, because of a more splendid tone – I could see Pepsi or Coke editions as well, as a recognition for certain other watches (or a mockery…) On the wrist, the Aquapod stays a fascinating, yet a long way from controlled item. Obviously, as the past editions, it is a watch that has a second life around evening time, with all indications hand-painted with Super-LumiNova and the tourbillon with three boards of AGT Ultra (Ambient Glow Technology).
This new MB&F HM7 Aquapod Ti Green is, as I would like to think, the most amazing aspect the three variations because of the differentiation offered by this new green bezel. In a more extensive perspective, I can comprehend that some of you won’t like or comprehend this horological creation. Also, as I mentioned prior, this is something worth being thankful for. This green form will be restricted to 50 pieces and estimated at CHF 108,000 (before duties) or EUR 100,000 (before charges). More subtleties on www.mbandf.com .