Inspiration can come from any number of places. For Swiss watchmaker MB&F, inspiration for their latest Horological Machine No. 6 came from the 1970s animation Captain Future. Company founder Maxmilian Busser watched the show as a child, and when the time came, he used the spherical shape of the spaceship to come up with the design of the watch.
Nicknamed “Space Pirate,” the HM6 doesn’t really look like a watch—at least if you’re looking for the traditional clock face. The minutes and hours are displayed in two sapphire crystal spheres on the front of the watch. Two more domes display spherical turbines that aren’t just for looks but are supposed to help prevent wear and damage by moderating the watch’s winding system.
A flying tourbillon in the centre of the watch displays the seconds. A retractable titanium case can be deployed to cover the winding mechanism and prevent any UV damage.
The inner workings of the watch were developed by Candaux Horlogerie Creative. It consists of two aluminium turbines that are powered by an automatic winding rotor. In total there are 475 components and 68 jewels.
MB&F will only produce 100 examples of the watch, with 50 of those being a special “Space Pirate” titanium edition.
No word on price just yet, but their HM4 went for $158,000. Yowzers.