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X-Ray of the MB&F Horological Machine #2

X-Ray of the MB&F Horological Machine #2Look into the innards of the HM2 (Horological Machine #2) by Max Busser & Friends. Due out later in the year (not at Basel World), this specifically designed movement by a relatively unknown watchmaker handpicked by Max and he is keeping him secret (as well as the watch functions) until the release date nears. He also added, "The case will not mimic the movement but you will understand the architectural link between both of them."

Max further explained, "Eric Giroud, the designer with whom I develop my creations, and I designed the first version of HM2 by April 2005 (I was still at that time at the head of Harry Winston) but we scrapped everything and started again end of 2005. This movement and watch is the result. The movement you see is functional and has been working for the last four weeks. We expect to deliver the first watches end of the year. You can see by the shape of the movement that it does not resemble HM1 at all. That is part of the philosophy of our Concept Label – each year (if possible) we will come out with a completely different piece of horology in shape and functions. But one point is crucial: the movement will always be designed specifically for the watch. I can also tell you that the Master watchmaker who developed it is virtually unknown to the public (maybe to some hardcore aficionados) and so I am very proud to promote his virtually unknown talent."

X-Ray of the MB&F Horological Machine #2
X-Ray of the MB&F Horological Machine #2I welcome any thoughts or projections of what this movement is capable of. Email me

X-Ray of the MB&F Horological Machine #2
X-Ray of the MB&F Horological Machine #2The original HM1

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MB&F HM1-->Link
MB&F Website-->Link


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Urwerk Time Bandit - The Opus That Never Was

An original sketch of what might have been the Opus V. Codenamed 'Time Bandit' by Urwerk's Martin Frei and Felix Baumgartner, it was an overwhelmingly difficult mechanical concept in which the wearer would engage the slot-machine style lever to activate the spinning digits and form the correct time on the side of the watch.

Even better, Felix Baumgartner describes the conundrum to Wei Koh of Horomundi/Revolution;

"You had to arm it like a slot machine. The time indications were placed on cylinders, but the watch did not show the time until you armed it. Once you released the arming lever these cylinders would turn until they stopped precisely at the right time. It was a completely crazy idea. It was really more complicated than a minute repeater; in fact, the base of this watch was essentially a minute repeater. You had a time telling base caliber and then a system of snail cams and racks like that in a minute repeater. When you armed the watch you would essentially be arming something similar to as strike barrel. But instead of translating the time into hammer strikes on gongs they would operate this one arm bandit like indication. And this indication involved a whole additional mechanism. When conceptualizing the watch we were joking that we were gambling with time, because we didn’t know if it was possible to create in a little over one year. This proved right."


Via Horomundi-->Link
The Complete Urwerk Story-->Link

The actual & highly successful Opus V
Related Urwerk Posts-->Link

Ian Skellern's video below
showing off the action of the watch


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Sarpaneva Supernova

Sarpaneva Supernova
Finnish Watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva is on the verge of his own stellar explosion with his latest watch called 'Supernova'. An extraordinary evolution in style, complication and design spawned from his Loiste collection. Other than the blued moonphase, the handmade hardened stainless steel watch creates the illusion of a black & white image. A modified ETA automatic movement with his trademark 'Turbini' winding mass visable from the caseback. With the rotor opposing the direction of cutaway view, the winding of the watch creates a kaleidoscope of spinning blades. The artistically skeletonized dial reveals negative space with stylish precision while perfectly blending the cog-style case into the depths of its spiny machined gauges.

An edition of only ten watches priced at 12,500 Euros.

It will be publicly introduced at the upcoming BaselWorld show in Switzerland.

These prototype photos are by Horlographer Harry Tan of WatchingHorology. Please see his extensive photo-montage of the Supernova here--> Link

Sarpaneva Watches--> Link

Sarpaneva SupernovaSeconds register

Sarpaneva SupernovaBlued moonphase

Sarpaneva Supernova
Sarpaneva Supernova
Sarpaneva SupernovaTurbini

Related posts;
Sarpaneva Loiste II
Eero Aarnio Prototype



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New Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMF

New Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMFThe latest of the Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMF series. Can't afford a $250,000 Richard Mille? You might consider this $2900 wristular dashboard chronograph complete with an arching direct jump hour display powered by a modified Valjoux 7750 automatic movement.

New Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMFPreviously featured Azimuth Gauge Mecha

New Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMFAlso just unveiled, the Azimuth Round 1 Bi-Retrograde. The top arc indicates the minutes while the bottom arc displays the hours with hands that snap back to their starting positions after reaching the ends of their respective cycles via a modified ETA 2836-2 mechanical movement


New Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMFAzimuth is also annoucing their new SP-1 Mechanique concept watch. Nicknamed the ‘spaceship watch’ with a rendition of Earth, a globular decorative feature that makes one rotation every 60 seconds. A jumping hour display powered by a Unitas 6497 movement finely finished in Cotes de Geneve stripes, a rotating disc, framed by the short end of the 3-dimensional minute hand, is a jumping hour complication. The broad minute hand comes finished with a skeletonized outline that resembles a space shuttle hurtling across the universe. Link

Related posts;
Richard Mille
Mecha-lomaniacal

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Concept Turned Reality - Vulcania by HD3 Complication

Concept Turned Reality - Vulcania by HD3 Complication
A former concept watch called the Vulcania has become flesh and bone. Designed by Fabrice Gonet for the three year old brand HD3 Complication. A trio-collective started by Jorg Hysek where he, Gonet and Valerie Ursenbacher design watches from their wildest imaginations.

The Vulcania name derives from the Jules Verne Steampunk hero, Captain Nemo and the island which was his home port. Like many of his contemporaries, Gonet has deconstructed the watch with its functions in a deeply set three-dimensional display, separating each gauge as a tribute to vintage naval technology both fictional (Nautilus) and fact (Turn-of-the-century mechanical submarines). The hours are determined from the rotating wheel cylinders on the left, the minutes on a disc like a ship's Chadburn Telegraph, a sextant style power reserve indicator, porthole loupe date window, and highlighted by the tilted bi-axial tourbillon. All the watch functions can be seen through its front and rear sapphire glass panels, side-viewing porthole, and the back plate has an etched map with its coordinates engraved on it. The case is titanium and platinum.

I've been pacing like an expecting father for this baby to come out! So pass out the cigars to the lucky few - and by few, I mean only 11 Vulcania will be made. The coming out party will be in Geneva Switzerland at the SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) in April. The price? If you have to ask...

Down Periscope!

HD3 Complication --> Link

Concept Turned Reality - Vulcania by HD3 Complication
Concept Turned Reality - Vulcania by HD3 ComplicationClose-up of rear plate with map/coordinate engraving

Concept Turned Reality - Vulcania by HD3 Complication
Related stories;
Maximillan Busser Horological Machine #1
Vianney Halter's Antiqua & Trio & Cabestan
Jacob & Co. Quenttin
Jorg Hysek Raptor
Hautlence



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TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO WATCH HAS GONE BEFORE!

TO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO WATCH HAS GONE BEFORE!
Great article by Nick Foulkes from FT about the current 'Garage Watchmakers' of todays exclusive independent boutique brands like MB&F, Urwerk, Richard Mille, Vianney Halter, Hautlence, FP Journe, HD3, and Greubel Forsey.

Article PDF-->Here


via Ian Skellern @ OurWorld
X-Ray of the MB&F Horological Machine #2Urwerk Time Bandit - The Opus That Never WasSarpaneva SupernovaNew Azimuth Chrono Gauge Mecha-1 BMFConcept Turned Reality - Vulcania by HD3 ComplicationTO BOLDLY GO WHERE NO WATCH HAS GONE BEFORE!

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