The Space Pirate HM6: MB&F conquering space
Inspired by a famous Japanese anime TV series, Captain Future, and 1970s biomorphic design, Maximilian Büsser, MB&F‘s founder, created a fantastically weird timepiece: the HM6 Space Pirate.
Like the Captain Future and his spaceship called the Comet that consisted of two spheres joined by a connecting tube, Maximilian Büsser imagined combining two such craft and the seeds of Space Pirate were planted.
An outstanding engine
While the HM6 Space Pirate‘s gentle curves and bulging “eyes” may give it the appearance of a friendly extra-terrestrial life form, the engine of the HM6 required more than three years of development.
Indeed, the HM6 Space Pirate has been designed to operate in the hostile environment of space: the space on your wrist.
In each of the four corners of HM6‘s biomorphic case is a 360° sphere, capped top and bottom by transparent sapphire crystal domes. Up forward, two semi-spherical indications rotate vertically (90° to the Engine), respectively displaying hours and minutes in large, highly legible numerals.
Back aft, driven through multiplying gearing by the automatic winding rotor, twin spherical turbines spin horizontally, automatically regulating the winding system in case of excessive speed to reduce stress and wear.
The central dome houses a 60-second flying tourbillon, the precision regulator of HM6‘s Engine. The flying tourbillon is functional − the fact that it looks sensational is a bonus. There is no room at the top of the domed crystal for an upper support bridge and a flying tourbillon requires no upper bridge. A case of function following form.
Moreover, the HM6 Space Pirate features a retractable, semi-spherical, titanium protective shield to offer you maximal protection from sun’s destructive thermonuclear radiation. When closed, the cover blocks harmful rays (especially UV light) from prematurely oxidising the Engine’s lubrication oils. A crown at 9 o’clock opens and closes the cover in the blink of an eye.
As may be expected with such sui generis movement architecture, nearly every component and mechanism had to be developed from scratch specifically for the HM6 Space Pirate. The result speaks for itself.
The case of the HM6 Space Pirate was machined from two solid ingots of aerospace grade Ti-6Al- 4V (Grade 5) titanium for its high resistance to corrosion and low thermal conductivity. While the strength of this titanium alloy makes it ideal for a space-age watchcase, polishing and satin finishing HM6 Space Pirate‘s complex curves requires more than 100 hours of work.
A titanium band wraps lengthways around the case, with a circular aperture on top circumventing the central dome. On the back, the flat band is fixed to a metal disc in the centre of the display back crystal. This band both strengthens the case as a whole and acts as a support to the free moving lugs.
The pivoted lugs enable the strap to fit snugly around the wrist and, along with the lightweight titanium case and form-fitting spheres in each corner, ensures that the HM6 Space Pirate is an extremely comfortable watch to wear, even on smaller wrists.
The curved lines of the HM6 Space Pirate make it a softer, more organically shaped Machine than its predecessors.
The organic curved lines of the HM6 Space Pirate‘s case derives from an early 20th century art movement labelled “biomorphism”, in which art is modelled on the naturally occurring shapes and forms found in nature and living creatures.
For instance, Biomorphic expressions can be found in The Sagrada Família church by Gaudí. With this incredible timepiece, Maximilian Büsser pays tribute to living organisms, be it on Earth or in Space.
If you are a space addict, the HM6 Space Pirate is the perfect watch for you. Hurry up: the HM6 Space Pirate is a limited edition of 50 pieces in Ti-6Al-4V titanium.
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