Intergalactic Planetary Planetary Intergalactic! MB&F HOROLOGICAL MACHINE 6 Space Pirate Ready For Liftoff? Aye Aye Captain
TITANIUM EDITION : LIMITED TO 50 PIECES [Total of 100 pieces of the HM6 will be made]
The case of HM6 Space Pirate was machined from two solid ingots of aerospace grade Ti-6Al-
4V (Grade 5) titanium. It has a chemical composition of titanium alloyed with 6% aluminium,
4% vanadium, 0.25% (maximum) iron, and 0.2% (maximum) oxygen. This high-tech ti
alloy is both strong and light, has high resistance to corrosion and low thermal conductivity(stable
at over 400°C).
While the strength of this titanium alloy makes it ideal for a space-age watchcase, polishing
and satin finishing Space Pirate's complex curves requires more than 100 hours of work.
Size is 49.5 mm x 52.3 mm x 20.4 mm but it looks to sit pretty well based on in hand pics out
there(google is your friend)
what i like... the design is cool, the flying tourbillon is cool, the movement is cool, the turbines are cool...
what i don't like...
- price!(this is a good thing of course for the folks who can afford to splash the cash for this. it shouldn't be something you're gonna see much of in the wild... except maybe in Singapore at one of the exotic car club meets ;) sorry boyz) will be exclusive coming in at US$230k retail and 50 pieces in this metal... [and another 50 to come for a total of 100 pieces of HM6 and that's it]
- on the whole it's a win for me design wise...
SLR 1955 Stirling Moss to be precise... maybe it's the silver... maybe it's the curves...maybe it's the lights
century art movement labelled "biomorphism", in which art is modelled on the naturally
occurring shapes and forms found in nature and living creatures. Note the titanium brace
that runs longitudely around the central circumference of the hull, reinforcing the structure
and supporting the lugs...
Engine's lubrication oils. A crown at 9 o'clock opens and closes the cover in – and like –
the blink of an eye. With an incredible ten sapphire crystals, including two domes each (top and bottom) on
the time indications and turbines, the Space Pirate posed quite a challenge. Each dome was
first machined from a solid block of sapphire crystal. After diamond, sapphire crystal is the
second hardest naturally occurring mineral on earth and is an incredibly demanding material
to shape into complex forms. After machining each block of sapphire inside and out with diamond
tipped tools to create
perfectly shaped domes with walls of uniform thickness – the slightest inconsistencies
would result in disconcerting optical distortions – the domes, which are translucently frosted
after machining, have to be highly polished, both inside and out, to make them transparent
movement is a flying tourbillon developed by MB&F specifically for HM6. The choice of such a
sophisticated regulator was necessitated by the restricted space under the top of the sapphire
crystal dome, which could not accommodate the upper supporting bridge of a standard balance wheel
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
machined in two hemispheres from solid blocks of aluminium. These turbines are driven from
the rotation of the automatic winding rotor by a gear train designed to amplify the number
of rotations. As (air) friction increases exponentially (squared) as a function of velocity, if the
winding starts rotating too quickly – most likely due to highly active movement of the wrist
– air friction on the turbines increases and helps counteract the excessive speed to minimise
of metal to an ultra-light paper thickness and revolve on ruby bearings. The domes rotate
vertically, i.e. 90° to the plane of the movement, which is extremely rare in a wristwatch due
to the complexity of the drive train and gearing required