A watch like no other

MB&F’s brand new Horological Machine No.5 is made from a unique material, never before used on a watch – or on anything for that matter!

September 21, 2014

In the super-competitive world of high-end watches, full of excellent timepieces made from exquisite materials, it's extremely difficult to set yourself apart from the crowd. However, MB&F's new Horological Machine No.5 (HM5) has done exactly that. Why? Because it's made out of a material that, prior to being used for this watch, didn't even exist.

It all came about when MB&F decided that they'd like the HM5 to be black, but rather than just slapping on a coat of black PVD, which is susceptible to scratches, they thought the super car-inspired watch deserved something a bit more special.

So they worked with a specialist for 18 months to develop a completely new material: CarbonMacrolon, a dense black polycarbonate resin reinforced with carbon nanotubes. It can be polished and finished just like steel and it is also just as tough as steel. And best of all, it's black all the way through, so there is no surface coating to scratch off!

Inside, the watch retains all the signature elements you expect to see on a HM5: bi-directional jumping hours visible through the optical-grade sapphire crystal prism; a water-resistant inner case; flip-open louvres and water-draining exhaust ports.

The HM5 CarbonMacrolon comes with an iridescent purple winding rotor and purple highlights around the displays that make for a stark contrast to the deep black case. It's limited to just 66 pieces, so don't hang around if you're thinking of buying.

Details: visit Mbandf.com