MB&F HM4 Thunderbolt - Maximilian Büsser
Maximilian Büsser is wearing his own creation, the latest model in the incredible MB&F range, the Horological Machine No4 Thunderbolt. This watch looks like it came straight out of the movie Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, with its classic/futuristic design.
The aviation-inspired case and engine of the Thunderbolt are one. Neither would, nor could, exist without the other, yet each is so transcendental as to be able to stand alone as a work of art in its own right.
The Thunderbolt's engine is the culmination of three long years of development. Each of the 300-plus components – including the regulator and even the screws – was developed specifically for this anarchistic calibre. Horizontally configured dual mainspring barrels drive two vertical gear trains, transferring power to the twin pods indicating hours/minutes and power reserve.
The sleek aerodynamic form of the Thunderbolt's titanium and sapphire envelope has its roots in Maximilian Büsser's childhood passion for assembling model plane kits, though none looked remotely as futuristic as this. The striking transparent sapphire section of the case requires over 100 hours of machining and polishing to transform an opaque solid block of crystal into a complex, exquisitely curved panel allowing the light to come in and the beauty of Thunderbolt's engine to stand out. Every component and form has a technical purpose; nothing is superfluous and every line and curve is in poetic harmony. Articulated lugs ensure supreme comfort. Highly legible time is a fringe benefit.
Each of the MB&F (Maximilian Büsser and Friends) watches are created by collectives of independent horological professionals, who design and craft these radical Horological Machines. Meet the Friends and read more about these exclusive and fascinating watch on www.mbandf.com.
This piece of art is available for around $158.000 at a very select group of retailers worldwide.
Three-dimensional horological engine developed 100% by MB&F Manual winding with two mainspring barrels in parallel Power reserve: 72 hours
Balance frequency: 21,600bph/3Hz Number of components: 311
Number of jewels: 50
Hours, minutes and power reserve indicator
Hours and minutes on right dial, power reserve indicator on left dial
Separate crowns for time setting and winding
Grade 5 titanium and sapphire
Dimensions: 54mm wide x 52mm long x 24mm high
Number of components: 65
Articulation of lugs: 3°
Five sapphire crystals: 2 x dials, 1 x central case section, 2 x display panels (top and bottom)
Strap & Buckle
Black hand-stitched calfskin strap with titanium/white gold custom designed deployment buckle attached to articulated lugs