MB&F HM8 (Horological Machine 8) for Only Watch

written by YWH team 17 October 2017
MB&F HM8 (Horological Machine 8) for Only Watch 80.W.888
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Price: at least € 73.000 – € 91.000 | $ 83,000 – $ 103,000 | approx. £ 65,400 – £ 81,500
Size: 49 mm x 51.5 mm
Reference: 80.W.888
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The MB&F HM8 (Horological Machine 8) is MB&F’s offer for the Only Watch auction in Geneva. And because of that it is a unique piece.

MB&F therefore offers a special MB&F No. 8, engraved and metallized with a whimsical drawing created by the talented Cassandra Legendre. She is a 15-year old ballet student from Spain. Her design incorporates childhood objects like a robot, jet plane, toy car and ice cream amongst others.

Visible under the illustration, the automatic HM8 engine features a unique purple winding rotor. Check the lateral time display and you’ll notice a miniature white gold elephant situated between the hour and minute prism. The elephant was sculpted by engraver Olivier Kuhn based on the elephant in Cassandra’s drawing. The final touch is a happy face, symbolizing the childlike perspective that Legendre brings to HM8. It has replaced the MB&F logo on the double-screwed plate.

The movement of the MB&F HM8 (Horological Machine 8) for Only Watch is based on the Girard-Perregaux caliber GP03300

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An appropriate variation keeping the auction in mind. The base for all this good karma is the regular MB&F HM8, a 49-millimeter watch in white gold and Grade 5 titanium.

The MB&F HM8 (Horological Machine 8) is powered by an in-house developed bi-directional jumping hour and trailing minute indication module, on a Girard-Perregaux base movement. The movement is inverted to put the winding rotor on top and it is modified to drive it.

First launched in 2016 as the adrenaline-laced ‘Can-Am’, Horological Machine No.8 is the latest evolution of the heads-up time display. A display that MB&F debuted five years ago with the HM5 ‘On the Road Again’ and subsequently refined in the 2015 HMX. The MB&F HM8 for Only Watch comes on a black alligator leather strap.

technical data MB&F HM8 (Horological Machine 8) for Only Watch
MB&F HM8 (base Girard-Perregaux GP03300) | Automatic | Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz) | Automatic battle-axe winding rotor in 22-carat gold with purple PVD | Jewels: 30 | Parts: 251 | Jumping hours, minutes | Power-reserve: 42 hours
Case & dial:
49 mm x 51.5 mm | Grade 5 titanium and 18K white gold | Thickness: 19 mm | Anti-reflective sapphire crystal | Engraved case back | Sapphire crystal dial metallized and laser engraved with a drawing | Water-resistance: 3 ATM / 3 bar / 30 meters / 100 feet
Black alligator leather
Price MB&F HM8 (Horological Machine 8) for Only Watch:
At least € 73.000 – € 91.000 | $ 83,000 – $ 103,000 | approx. £ 65,400 – £ 81,500

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