A watch for the luxury timepiece collector with a penchant for steampunk aesthetics, MB&F’s new HM9 Sapphire Vision boasts a case shape out of a Jeunet-Caro film and a mix of titanium and rose-gold tones.
MB&F places the design inspiration in the early modern age, and specifically in the Streamline Moderne camp. The Streamline design sensibility was influenced by the aerodynamic shapes of the golden age of travel—planes and oceanliners—and in architecture yielded the first modern buildings.
In MB&F’s HM9 Flow, the influence translates as a similar citation; previous editions of the watch were subtitled ‘Air’ and ‘Road’, the cockpit-and-cowlings shape reflecting both modes of travel. In this new watch, it appears as a strange reference to a three-cockpit submarine that never existed—or, under the auspices of steampunk, never existed outside of the mythologies of the imagination—with the series’ pair of spherical propellers in the complication. In keeping with the series, the watch face is placed at a right angle to the mechanics.
The HM9 Sapphire Vision has a 45-hour power reserve. The watch comes in four editions, each limited to 5 examples, and priced at 362,000 euros.