The MB&F HM8 Mark 2, inspired by classic cars
Bold bodywork enlivens the latest horological machine.
The HM8 Mark 2 is the latest addition to MB&F’s collection of automotive-inspired wonder machines. This distinctive green-and-white watch builds upon a decade-long lineage and is the most technologically advanced design in the series to date.
Maximilian Büsser’s love of automobile design should come as no surprise to followers of the brand, and his designs invoke distinctive car designs where ever possible. On top of that, the HM series draws inspiration from the avant-garde cult classic Amida Digitrend from 1976; this watch employs a sapphire prism to vertically display the jumping hours and sweeping minutes—a nod to the speedometer-style windows of the 1970s.
Each iteration of the automotive-inspired series has pushed boundaries and paid homage to iconic car designs. The HM5 incorporated opening slats reminiscent of Lamborghini Miura’s louvres, while the HMX featured a sapphire crystal cover inspired by Touring Superleggera’s aesthetics. The HM8′ Can-Am’ drew inspiration from the distinctive roll bars found in Can-Am racing cars.
The HM8 Mark 2 takes a fresh direction by drawing inspiration from the renowned Porsche 918 Spyder for its body shape and the iconic Zagato double bubble for its sapphire crystal. The outcome is a timepiece that radiates elegance and innovation.
Offered with either white or British racing green CarbonMacrolon body panels, this sleek new MB&F showcases a sleek matte finish on top and polished sides. In case you need a quick refresher, CarbonMacrolon is an exclusive composite material developed by MB&F, which combines a polymer matrix injected with carbon nanotubes to enhance strength and rigidity. Remarkably lightweight compared to steel, this versatile material opens up endless design and technical possibilities.
Underneath the panels lies a titanium chassis, which — while lightweight — poses a machining challenge, which, to be fair, is par for the course for an MB&F. Inside the chassis is the automatic movement, built off a Girard-Perregaux base and fitted with MB&F’s trademark battle axe rotor in gold. There’s also a new crown with a “double de-clutch” system akin to its automotive counterparts. This mechanism optimises space utilisation and provides enhanced security, a user-friendly feature wearers are sure to appreciate.
All told, the HM8 Mark 2 stands as the culmination of over a decade of automotive-inspired timepieces by MB&F. With its heightened techniques, improved legibility, and effortless style, this timepiece serves as a testament to the enduring power of creativity.
Calibre: Three-dimensional horological engine, composed of a jumping hour and trailing minutes module developed in-house by MB&F, powered by a Girard-Perregaux base movement, automatic, 42 hours of power reserve
Functions: Bi-directional jumping hours and trailing minutes
Case: Grade 5 titanium with green or white CarbonMacrolon, 47 x 41.5 x 19 mm, water-resistant to 30m
Strap: Calfskin strap – white for the British green model and green for the white model with a titanium tang buckle.
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|Movement||Self-winding caliber A-500; 60 hours power reserve|
|Functions||Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph and date|
|Case||42.5mm; titanium; water resistant to 30m|
|Dial||Salmon (6N gold plated) with gené or frosted area; Super-LumiNova filled Arabic numerals|
|Strap||Ballistic gray rubber; titanium folding clasp|