MB&F UNVEIL THE NEW AQUAPOD PLATINUM RED INSPIRED BY JELLYFISH
First launched in 2017, the HM7 Aquapod is back in a platinum version with a striking bright red sapphire crystal bezel, limited to 25 pieces.
After pushing the boundaries of horological exploration by blasting into outer space (HM2, HM3, HM6), launching into the sky (HM4), and powering down the road and around the track (HM5, HMX, HM8), MB&F plunges into the water with
Horological Machine N°7, aka HM7 Aquapod, takes on the organic form of a jellyfish-
and is counter-balanced by the very mechanical horology within: a central flying tourbillon tops the concentric vertical movement architecture, with indications radiating out from the centre like ripples in a pond.
HM7 Aquapod began its gestation as a horological jellyfish, and the architecture of its Engine is appropriately biomorphic. Jellyfish are radially symmetric, Aquapod is radially symmetric. Where a jellyfish generates power from food caught in its tentacles, HM7 generates power from its tentacle-like automatic winding rotor.
Where jellyfish have a radially symmetric ring of neurons for a brain, Aquapod has radially symmetric rings displaying hours and minutes. Where jellyfish have a hood or bell on top, HM7 Aquapod has an imposing flying tourbillon regulating the power generated by the rotor, and transforming it into the display of time.
The winding rotor’s tentacles are crafted from a solid block of titanium; their very three-dimensional nature makes machining and finishing extremely challenging. Underneath
the tentacles, a platinum mass ensures powerful and efficient winding. And then there’s that bezel. While Horological Machine N°7 is not a dive watch, it is a timepiece comfortably at home in the water – so MB&F added the one element that all serious aquatic watches possess: a unidirectional rotating bezel.
However, unlike every other dive watch on the planet, Aquapod’s bezel isn’t attached to the case, but floats apart like a life buoy and if that wasn't enough, like many jellyfish, HM7 glows in the dark. It glows where you would expect it to – on the hour and minute
numerals – but also around the inside of the movement, to light up that flying tourbillon at night… and in addition, along the tentacle-like winding rotor so that its operation, too, can be appreciated in the dark.
This new precious metal Aquapod is the fourth model in MB&F's dive-watch-inspired series of central tourbillons. It joins previous versions made in titanium with blue accents (33 pieces), red gold with black accents (66 pieces) and titanium with bright green accents (50 pieces).