Swiss watch manufacturer MB&F have recently produced an update to their Horological Machine No. 4 (HM4) series, dubbed the HM4 Final Edition. This wristwatch doesn’t exactly look like a watch at first; it more resembles something James Bond would wear to perform some incredible stunt. The Final Edition is crafted out of black PVD-coated high-tech titanium and a sapphire center, which requires an astounding amount of work, more than 185 hours of machining and polishing to create. This is the only way for the design engineers to bring a solid block of opaque crystal to such extraordinary visual complexity.
The look for this timepiece was inspired by three distinguished aircrafts of the golden age of aviation, the F-117 Nighthawk jet, the B-2 Spirit and the SR-71 Blackbird.
MB&F pays homage to these planes through the sharp and very bold design to close out their HM4 series. The Final Edition’s most distinguishing feature is the two turbine-like pods (or perhaps stylized mini jet engines), one for the time and one for the power reserve indicators. These pods are connected to the power reserve through unique vertical gear trains specially manufactured by MB&F. The Final Edition boasts a 311-piece automatic movement, which further contains dual configured mainspring barrels, which drive vertical gear trains for each display pod. The squared-off hoods lean over each pod to give the Final Edition a completely unique look and set it apart from the other HM4s MB&F has produced. Furthermore, each of the 311 components, down to the screws, were developed specifically for the HM4 Final Edition.
Just like the jet it was designed after, the aesthetic features of the HM4 Final Edition are based on square angular shapes, top of the line titanium and matte black finished surfaces. The architectural base of the HM4 Final Edition is modeled after the previous MB&F watch called the HM4 Thunderbolt. With a 72-hour power reserve this watch will be extremely limited, with only eight units being produced. Each of these eight wonders are being priced at $230,000, and can only be found in five boutiques worldwide: MB&F’s M.A.D. Gallery in Geneva, Chronometryx in Gstaad, The Hour Glass in Singapore, Chronopassion in Paris and Westime in Los Angeles. So getting your hands on a Final Edition may be something like a world-class scavenger hunt, as well as a race against time as many watch enthusiasts may be after this eccentric yet bold MB&F watch.
Written by Amani Liggett