MB&F is back to their crazy antics, following up on last year’s FlyingT with another domed display. This time it’s the LM Thunderdome, and it’s the brainchild of Eric Coudray and Kari Voutilainen. MB&F founder Maximilian Busser said of this pairing, “One of the many things that makes me incredibly happy about this piece is that we got to bring together two people I adore in this industry; who are incredibly talented, have completely different styles and personalities, and have never had the chance to work with each other.”
Set on a leather strap, the Thunderdome has a domed crystal, under which you’ll find a three-axis tourbillon. A slanted white lacquer dial displays the time using classic Roman numerals. The tourbillon is a first in watchmaking. Dubbed a “TriAx,” the tourbillon’s three axis each operate on their own pace. The whole assembly has just two cages and a Potter escapement. The arrangement allows for a better view of the system, giving you a view of the rotation, which happens at a much higher speed (the heart of the TriAx turns once every eight seconds with the middle turning every 12 and the outer cage going every 20 seconds). This movement earns the Thunderdome the title of being the world’s fastest triple-axis regulating system, and it’s a sight to behold. The movement—an LM Thunderdome Engine Caliber—has a 45 hour power reserve and is manually wound.
The watch measures 44mm and has a whopping 22.2mm thickness. The case is made of platinum or tantalum. The dial comes in light blue (platinum), aventurine, or dark blue guilloche (tantalum). The strap is a blue alligator with a matching folding buckle. The Thunderdome is water resistant up to 30 meters.
Only 33 Thunderdomes will be made in platinum with an additional 10 being done in tantalum (these watches will be produced for The Hour Glass to celebrate their 40th anniversary). The watches sell for $280,000.