After merging elements of outer space (HM2, HM3, HM6), aircraft (HM4), and racing (HM5, HMX, HM8), etc., and pioneering the field of watchmaking, MB & F this Once with Horological Machine No. 7-also known as HM7 Aquapod, dive into the water.
In the bionic design from jellyfish, the HM7 Aquapod is fully equipped with the essence of the mechanical watch: a central flying tourbillon stands on the top of the concentric vertical vertical movement structure, the time display is radiated from the center, like a wave in a pond Ripples.
The HM7 Aquapod takes clock jellyfish as its starting point, and the overall structure of the engine also has a three-pointed biological form. Jellyfish have a radially symmetrical shape; Aquapod is also presented in a radially symmetrical shape. Jellyfish draw nutrients from the food captured by the tentacles; HM7 also gets its power from the automatic oscillating weight of the tentacles.
The jellyfish’s brain has a radially symmetrical circuit of neurons; Aquapod also has hours and minutes displayed in a radially symmetrical circuit. The jellyfish has an umbrella-shaped or bell-shaped fold on the top; a flying tourbillon stands in the center of the HM7 Aquapod, which is responsible for adjusting the energy generated by the rotor and converting it into a time display.
The tentacle of the winding rotor is cut from a solid piece of titanium, and the three-dimensional shape makes the processing and polishing process challenging. A platinum weight is fixed under the tentacle to ensure a more thorough and efficient winding process.
In addition, the watch is equipped with a ceramic bezel. Although Time Machine No. 7 is not a diving watch, it can still be as comfortable as a fish in the water, because MB & F gives it all the elements of an authentic diving watch: a unidirectional rotating bezel. Nevertheless, Aquapod’s bezel is different from other diving watches in the world: its bezel is not fixed on the dial, but is presented independently on the periphery like a floating lifebuoy.
The HM7 engine consists of 303 parts and provides a 72-hour power reserve, which was completely developed by MB & F. From the winding pendulum at the bottom, the main barrel, the hour and minute display, to the top flying tourbillon, all the internal mechanical structures are in a three-dimensional sphere, rotating around the center in a concentric circle. The convex curve of the sapphire crystal complements the shape of the time display outer ring. The latter is not a simple plane edge, but an arc structure obtained through precise mathematical operations.
In addition, like most jellyfish, HM7 can emit light in the dark. In addition to the common noctilucent hour and minute scales, the inside of the movement can also glow around and illuminate the flying tourbillon at night. In addition, even the winding oscillating weight of the tentacle shape will glow around, allowing people to appreciate its operating posture in the dark.
HM7 Aquapod launched a total of 33 grade 5 titanium models with blue bezel, and 66 18K 5N + red gold models with black bezel.
HM7 Aquapod technical details
The inspiration for creating an underwater watch was derived from the memories of MB & F founder Maximilian Büsser spending vacations with his family on the beach, including footage of contact with jellyfish. Although this memory may not seem important, it buried an opportunity in Büsser’s mind, which prompted him to create this three-dimensional three-dimensional timepiece driven by tentacles today. Although the design inspiration of Time Machine No. 7 soon came to fruition, the development process took many years. The long time investment is a necessary process for research and development, which also made HM8 later appear earlier than HM7, so it caused some confusion among all parties.
Although the HM7 Aquapod seems to be full of modernity, its three-dimensional sphere’s movement structure has been designed for hundreds of years, which is derived from the ‘onion’ pocket watch that prevailed in the eighteenth century. While most watch movements are developed horizontally and kept as flat as possible, all the internal parts of the HM7 engine adopt a vertical configuration and choose to develop upward instead of outward. The HM7’s movement was independently developed by MB & F.
From the bottom to the top parts, the winding pendulum, main barrel, time-division display and flying tourbillon are all assembled in a concentric circle around the central axis. The oscillating weight on the bottom of the movement will transmit power to the flying tourbillon adjustment mechanism on the top through a stair-like transmission system.
The concentric circle structure arranges the hours and minutes displays on the periphery of the movement, which is a technical challenge: how to support the time display outer ring with such a wide diameter? The answer is the development of ultra-large diameter ceramic ball bearings to support ball-shaped hour and minute displays and rotate with extremely low coefficients of friction. The ball-shaped disc is made of aluminum alloy and titanium, and balances light weight and strong characteristics.
In the beginning, if a general tourbillon was used, it was bound to use a bezel with a small size and insufficient time display to match the upper bridge structure. Therefore, after careful consideration, we decided to use a flying tourbillon. During the day, you can see the flying tourbillon at the top of the movement. At night, the three AGT Ultra (Ambient Light Technology) light-emitting strips around the inner movement allow the tourbillon to be viewed under its light. Exhaustive.
The tentacle of the winding rotor is machined from a solid piece of titanium. The curve of the tentacles and the three-dimensional three-dimensional shape, whether in processing or polishing, are difficult challenges, especially the polishing process also uses polishing and satin polishing alternately. Under the lightweight titanium tentacles, a substantial weight of platinum is fixed to ensure that the winding of the HM7 engine is more efficient.
Two ball-shaped discs made of aluminum alloy and titanium are used to display hours and minutes, and are supported by special large-size ceramic ball bearings.
The hour and minute hour markers and graduations are hand-coated with Super-LumiNova, which is clearly legible even at night. The reason for the manual operation is that the machine can’t complete accurate overprinting on the surface of such a large part.
The case of the HM7 Aquapod is basically a three-dimensional sandwich shape. On both sides of the metal case circle hoop, it consists of two highly convex sapphire crystal hemispheres. A unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel floats around the case; the two crowns are positioned between the bezel and the case: the left crown is used to wind the movement (if necessary); the right watch The crown is used to set the time. The crown has a large ergonomic design, so even if your fingers get wet with water, you can operate it easily.
To make eye-catching curved ceramic bezels, you need to etch the time stamps and graduations on the ceramic surface with a laser, and then fill the hardened titanium with the etched part. Finally, polish the entire bezel until it glows brightly.
The aerospace-grade molded rubber strap highlights the casual temperament of the HM7 Aquapod, whether it’s paired with jeans and T-shirts on land or with diving gear in the water, it’s equally suitable.
Paradoxically, jellyfish in English is not actually a fish, nor is it composed of jelly; it is almost like water in humans like humans. Jellyfish are the oldest surviving multicellular animals, even older than dinosaurs. It has the most basic distributed information processing capabilities. Although it has no brain center, it has neural circuits connected to each other, which is enough to handle any thinking needs. Jellyfish are very sensitive to touch, have vision and can recognize directions.
Jellyfish are easy to reproduce asexually: as long as one jellyfish is two (it is not recommended), it will grow into two jellyfish with the same genes. In addition, jellyfish have also been to space: in 1991, several jellyfish were carried to space by the space shuttle Columbia and successfully reproduced.
Jellyfish glow and are usually beautiful. Different jellyfish use phosphorescent, noctilucent, or biological light to make themselves glow, in order to attract prey or avoid predators. Glowing tentacles can have a special effect, because light can make an extremely small form look huge.
HM7 Aquapod technical details
Grade 5 titanium models with blue bezels and 18K 5N + red gold models with black bezels are introduced: both models have the same blue luminous.
Three-dimensional vertical structure, automatic winding, designed and developed by MB & F
60 seconds central flying tourbillon
Power reserve: 72 hours
Swing frequency: 18000 times / hour (2.5 Hz)
Three-dimensional winding rotor, made of titanium and platinum
Number of parts: 303
Number of jewels: 35
Function / Indication
Two aluminum / titanium ball truncated discs for hours and minutes, with a central oversized ceramic
Bearings support rotation
Unidirectional rotating bezel shows the passage of time
Hour markers, scales and winding rotor are coated with Super-LumiNova
Around the flying tourbillon are 3 AGT Ultra (ambient light technology) luminous strips
Two crowns: left crown wound, right crown set time
Material: Grade 5 titanium or 18k 5N + red gold
Dimensions: 53.8 mm x 21.3 mm
Number of parts: 95
Water resistance: 50 meters / 150 feet / 5 atmospheres
Top and bottom sapphire crystals are double-sided anti-glare coating
Strap and buckle
Aerospace grade FKM 70 Shore A molded fluorocarbon rubber strap with folding buckle made of the same material as the case