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Hоrоlоgісаl Mасhіnе N° 8 by MB&F
October 01, 2016

The Inspiration

The inspiration behind the HM8 is based on car design. This time the can-am challenge cup, a race which ran from 1966-1987. This is a no-holds barred race, with very few restrictions on the construction of the cars. and this led to huge powerful engines and innovation which was only possible when constructors are allowed to freely dream.

Horological Machine N° eight ‘can-am’ is the tenth teamwork between Mb&F founder Maximillian bûsser and independent designer Eric Giround. Having designed the entire Horological Machines and heritage Machines for Mb&F, Giroud “as a part of a team effort” he says, is aware of the way to modify büsser’s dreams into realism. Fоr this project; büsser wished a car for the wrist.

Giroud portrays the “HM8 Can-Am” as a spanking new evolutionary member wіthіn thе MB&F family. Let’s have a glance. Options seen іn Horological Machines of the angular type, and optical device demonstrates seen within the HM5 and HMX, and also the “battle-axe” winding rotor from the HM3, also are options of the HM8.

However, this is the latest Machine. Impressed by the great canadian-american challenge cup from 1966 to 1987, where “can-am” turbo-charged race cars were outfitted with chrome roll bars to soothe the 1000 power unit machines, Mb&F has made-up its roll-bars that curl from the front to the narrowed back of the HM8 bringing a robust mechanics look that roars.

The Watch

The watch is a driving watch. The dashboard with the time telling bits are situated above the lugs. and the traditional place for the dial is taken up by a massive sapphire crystal allowing a peek into the huge battle axe Mb&F signature rotor, and the movement within. When worn on the wrist, it allows the time to be read without taking one’s hand off the steering wheel.

The two roll-bars on the HM8 are on an individual basis processed and mirror-polished in a Grade 5 titanium alloy for flimsiness, potency, and resistance to deterioration.
 
Measuring 49 millimeter x 51.5 millimeter x 19 millimeter, the angular case that takes on an extra voluptuous look has double-sided anti-reflective indigo gems on the front, back, top and bottom. On thе top, sections оf the gem are metalized to form a light-blue border around the blued 22K gold battle-axe rotor which divulges the movement's spherical wave end through its open center. Within the corners, we see the hours and minute signal discs with SuperLuminova encrusted numerals.

A driver's watch, we examine the bi-directional jumping hour and trailing minute shows at the front of the case, projected perpendicularly attributable to optical grade sapphire crystal prisms that imitate light from the discs at 90° while amplifying the indications by 200th with a converging lens at the front for better legibility. Also on the back? Double oil sumps, certainly.
 
The three-dimensional engine that powers the HM8 were planned and developed by Mb&F with a bi-directional jumping hour and trailing minute sign section on a Girard-Perregaux base movement. Upturned to own the meandering rotor on top, and changed to drive the prism indicator module, the fine-finished routine movement contains a power reserve of 42 hours and balance regularity of 28,800bph / 4Hz.
 
Water-resistant to 30 meters, the HM8 can-am, is available in two versions: grade 5 titanium with 18K white or red gold, with a hand-stitched alligator band in marine blue for the white gold version and dark brown for the red gold. The folding fold of the straps goes with the case material. The earliest pieces are arriving in stores currently, priced at CHF 78,000 or USD 82,000 + TVA for either version.

Impressions

Without handling and seeing the watch first hand, the HM8 looks like a souped up HM5 on steroids. Both the HM5 and HM8 are based on the same GP base movement. The very analogous HMX is based on a Selita movement, and the trio looks as if to have been drawn from the same blueprint. The HM8 takes the design perception to its farthest, and the HMX seems like a "budget" version, with the HM5 occupying middle ground.

The HM5 does not exhibit the rotor on the top (the movement in the HM8 is modified to flip the rotor), the same space is taken by a set of slats which can open to enable light into the watch to charge the SuperLuminova. While on the HMX, the top is open to disclose the engine covers. A special teamwork series with black badger show cases the wildly beautiful gleaming material. The HMX's prism system also seems to be a simplified structure. The HM8’s full top is a huge sapphire glass, apparently to allocate light into the movement, and Mb&F claims this allows the time to be read effortlessly. We will confirm or deny this when we get our hands-on session.