We reported on MB&F’s “Best of the Best” award in May. The Red Dot gala ceremony was held in Essen, Germany this week. The award was given for Horological Machine No.6 ‘Space Pirate’, and was one of only 81 products to obtain the highest-ranking award, among some 5,000 submissions!
The jury’s verdict was: “…this wristwatch stages its own cosmos. It dissolves the boundaries of classical wristwatch design and advances it through an exciting futuristic approach. The distinctive shape of the clockwork simply fascinates and its mechanism mesmerises. Featuring the appearance of a friendly being from another world, this wristwatch seems to tell its own tale – a world of adventure for the beholder”.
The award for the HM 6 neatly coincides with the introduction of a new limited edition of Space Pirates: HM6 RT of which only 18 pieces in 18K red gold will be released. This is in addition to the first 50 pieces in grade 5 titanium which we featured in May.
The version has been crafted from solid blocks of “5N+” red gold, which means in addition to the usual gold and copper, a small amount of palladium has been added to the mix. The palladium “fixes” the copper, which otherwise has a tendency to oxidise and tarnish over time. 5N+ red gold retain its colour for many years.
Inside the 5N+ red gold case, visible through10 sapphire crystals, is located the 475-component HM6 movement. The time is revealed via revolving hour and minute spheres and features dual turbine regulators which act as shock absorbers for the automatic winding rotor, as well as a 60-second flying tourbillon protected by a titanium “hyperspace shield”.
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