Watches: MB&F Horological Machine N°3 MegaWind Final Edition (+live pics)

By Thierry Ané on February 25, 2015

It has been six years since Maximilian Büsser and his friends introduced the very first Horological Machine N°3. Although all the models from the incredible “HM” collection share the avant-garde design that only MB&F brings to the world of Haute Horlogerie, the “HM3” was the very first to resolutely depart from the conventional case shapes and adopt a more fanciful and playful approach to Fine Watchmaking.

With a mind-blowing 3-dimensional construction, the presence of the regressive battle-axe shaped oscillating weight bringing back childhood memories, and the wow effect brought by the two cones offering a new angle on telling the time, the Horological Machine N°3 became an instant icon.

The original HM3s: Sidewinder and Starcruiser

The Sidewinder (cones lined perpendicular to the arm) and the Starcruiser (cones in line with the arm) were soon followed by other sensational renditions that, while belonging to the same “family”, all overcame additional technical challenges to tell different stories and put the brand on a high pedestal in the eyes of seasoned collectors with a fondness for contemporary art!

Which watch connoisseur has not been utterly impressed by the micro-light 0.5-gram protruding domes of the HM3 Frog built to recall the bulging eyes of the eponymous amphibian? Offering a “wide angle” vision of the time their creation required almost as much skill and expertise as the semi-spherical sapphire crystal domes that protect them!

The HM3 Frog and JwlryMachine Boucheron

Art and imagination were at the origin of another great realisation in this “HM3” line: the “JwlryMachine” developed in partnership with Boucheron. With amethyst and white gold or quartz and pink gold, this exceptional piece of Haute Horlogerie turned into an Haute Jewellery owl with the same success.

Since the inception of the brand, Maximilian Büsser’s approach has always been to promote collaborations. Far from keeping them secret, as too many brands usually do in this sector, he put them in the spotlight to show how such partnership can enhance creativity. The magnificent Moon Machine models he developed with Stepan Sarpaneva are the ticking proof that his ideas are perfectly right!

The HM3 Moon Machine, and the "battle-axe" rotor

Lastly, the HM3 MegaWind models revisited the original Starcruiser with enough aesthetic differences to showcase one more time the extraordinary versatility of the HM3’s shape. If my memory serves me well, there have been a total of 16 variations of the “Horological Machine N°3” concept (including the HM3 MegaWind Final Edition): this is 80% more than any other Horological Machine so far!

After such a prolific life, the saga of the “HM3” model had to come to an end to allow Maximilian Büsser and his team to focus their attention and creative power on new projects. For Baselworld 2015, the brand will therefore officially unveil the very last rendition of this celebrated “Horological Machine N°3”.

As its name reveals, the HM3 MegaWind Final Edition belongs to the “MegaWind” sub-family of HM3 timekeepers. It is crafted in white gold and titanium with a black PVD treatment. For a genuine “all black” effect, even the oscillating rotor observable on the dial side has been blackened for this version. But it is in the dark that the originality of this 25-piece limited edition is finally revealed: the Arabic numerals on the hours and minutes domes are filled with green Super-LumiNova and literally glow on the gloomy timepiece. For a striking visual effect, the same green luminescent material has been applied at the edge of the oscillating weight so that its revolving dance can be admired even at night.

The HM3 MegaWind Final Edition was a perfect way to conclude the eventful life of the Horological Machine N°3 and although we may feel a little sad letting it go, we know that it only foreshadows more totally new exciting projects for MB&F in the near future!

For more information please visit the MB&F web site.

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