MB&F – HM8 CAN-AM
THE NEW MB&F MOTOR
The latest architectural watch concept from the Horological Machine collection brings the Can-Am race series back to life
Once again, Maximilian Büsser’s boundless creativity has delved into the young Genevan brand founder’s childhood memories. Cars and robots, robots and cars: MB&F’s current success is rooted in the 70s when car manufacturers still made beautiful motors and cartoons featured real heroes that made a mark on a whole generation and went onto inspire Maximilian Büsser. Cars and robots, robots and cars: two design influences that appear in most machines made in MB&F including the new HM8 Can-Am.
At first glance, this 3D sculpture grabs your attention with its curvy trapezium shape topped by a pair of lateral bars showcasing the famous battle-axe rotor in blue gold. Suddenly everything makes sense, it all becomes clear. The structure with two slightly arched tubes in grade 5 titanium is based on the security “cages” fitted on racing cars in the Canadian American (“Can-Am”) Challenge Cup (a race that ran from 1966 to 1987) to protect the driver and engine. We all know the battle-axe rotor is a nod to Grendizer, the Japanese cartoon hero from the 70s who Maximilian Büsser was a fan of.
The aerodynamic 49×51.5mm case is 19mm deep and comes in two versions: titanium and white gold or titanium and rose gold. The movement (a self-winding calibre on a Girard-Perregaux base pimped up by MB&F) lies under a transparent sapphire glass bonnet. Aside from the famous rotor, you can also see the movement engraved with circles and some of the disc for the hours and minutes.
The jumping hours and minutes are displayed by a complex system of sapphire prisms that project the numerals and enlarge them by 20%.
The HM8 Can-Am hugs the wrist with a wide navy or chocolate brown alligator strap with a deployment clasp.
Price: 78,000 CHF mb&f.com
By Sharmila Bertin