I’m positive that you all know MB&F’s Horological Machines. It started with number 1 (of course) and the latest Horological Machine is HM5 , which was introduced in December of last year. This also means it’s time to say goodbye to HM4 and that happens with HM4 Final Edition.
Horological Machine 4, which was introduced in 2010, is my favorite Horological Machine and the black piece unique made for Marcus Watch in London was probably my favorite HM4. Its black color made it even more daring and stealthy. For the HM4 Final Edition, there are just 8 pieces, Max Busser found his inspiration in the F-117Nighthawk Stealth. Read on to find out why.
HM4’s dials now feature a square, and this reminds of the square spaces of the F-117 Nighthawk Stealth (check here for images). This Final Edition perfectly fits into the design line of HM4. After the initial version, MB&F donated an HM4 for Only Watch with a flying panda and after that Razzle Dazzle and Double Trouble were introduced. Again the aeronautic theme in the HM4’s design.
Moving on to the latest developments in aeronautics, it’s logical that Max Busser arrived at the Stealth fighter jets for his inspiration for the HM4 Final Edition. The HM4 Final Edition features square angular panels, dark surfaces and high-tech titanium. Black PVD provides the titanium with its shadowy ‘cloak of concealment’.
When the original HM4 Thunderbolt was launched in 2010, MB&F announced that only 100 HM4 movements would ever be manufactured. After all aforementioned versions there are just 8 movements left! This will definitely be the most difficult-to-catch HM4 of all, which makes sense for a stealth Machine built to outsmart any form of detection.
Inside, visible through the multiple sapphire crystal sections, beats the unique 311-component HM4 engine. Detection of the HM4 Final Edition will undeniably be difficult… Intelligence Reports indicate that this fast-looking, menacing aircraft will be deployed in only 5 airbases across the globe: The Hour Glass in Singapore, Westime in Los Angeles, Chronopassion in Paris, the Chronometryx alpine airstrip in Gstaad and MB&F’s M.A.D.Gallery home base in Geneva.
This article is written by Frank Geelen, executive editor for Monochrome Watches.