The most imaginative Swiss watchmaker, Maximilian Büsser & Friends ‘MB&F’ which refers to their timepieces as ‘horological machines’, as their creations are allegedly primarily micro-mechanical sculptures with timekeeping as secondary function, presented its first watch, Horological Machine No. 1 in 2006. And since then, this watchmaker renowned for bringing child’s sense of awe and playfulness into high-end watchmaking, has presented the HM2, HM3 and HM4, besides the Legacy Machine No. 1 ‘LM1’ in 2011. And in a continuation of cool and contemporary watchmaking, MB&F now in 2012 proudly unveiled its 5th horological machine HM5, which is the direct homage to the rebellious and daring Amida Digitrend who actually refused to accept the 1970s quartz revolution. The HM5 actually takes its philosophy from the 1970s icons, muscle cars and now, 40 years into the future, puts them ‘On the Road Again’.
The HM5 ‘On The Road Again’ may look simple, but it’s complicated; it has a futuristic case design, with an advanced mechanical movement, inspired by an era when quartz was the King.
Notably, the HM5’s exceptional wedge-shaped case is a tribute to the daring Amida Digitrend, besides it also takes design cues from the sleek and low-slung muscle cars, with louvres on their horizontal rear windows blocking all of the heat and sunlight. And conversely, the HM5's slide operated louvres actually open to allow light come-in to charge on the Super-LumiNova numbers.
Further, HM5 has double exhausts to drain water, and an water resistant case on the inside keeps HM5’s engine dry and working.
Further, an optical grade sapphire prism reflects the horizontal hour and minutes, and for improved legibility, a convex lens impressively magnifies the numeral by almost 20%.
And, the forward-facing display makes HM5 truly a driver’s watch with vertical time display, so the wearer doesn't need to lift the wrist from the steering to read time.