Back in 2016, the unveiling of Horological Machine No. 8, or HM8 for short, by Max Büsser & Friends was an eagerly anticipated release. Inspired by the bold and powerful Can-Am racecars known for their distinctive aesthetics and impressive performance – loud, beastly monsters with their characteristic lines, roll bars and long, open tops, the HM8 embodied the spirit of these roaring machines. MB&F’s previous automotive-themed timepieces, the HM5 and HMX, had already hinted at the brand’s fascination with cars, further fueling the excitement surrounding the HM8’s release. However, in recent years, the Legacy Machines had taken centre stage, and it seemed unlikely that the HM8 would receive a follow-up. But lo and behold, the HM8 Mark 2 has emerged, drawing inspiration from the iconic Porsche 918 Spyder and the striking Abarth 750 Zagato “Double Bubble.” We had the privilege of getting our hands on this remarkable timepiece, and without a doubt, it’s the best HM featuring a speedometer-like display by far.
The MB&F HM8 Mark 2 case is a meticulously constructed assembly of 42 parts, measuring 47mm x 41.5mm, with a height of 19mm. Crafted from titanium, it showcases “body panels” available in either a captivating British racing green or in classic racing white, both made from the extraordinary CarbonMacrolon material. While the watch’s dimensions are not diminutive, they have been thoughtfully designed for ergonomic comfort, making the HM8 Mark 2 a truly wearable timepiece. Notably, the crown has been ingeniously concealed (almost), requiring a push and twist to reveal its functionality.
The case construction of the HM8 Mark 2 follows a similar approach to the HM5, employing a water-resistant capsule or chassis to which the body panels are attached. The CarbonMacrolon material used for these panels debuted with the HM5 CM CarbonMacrolon in 2014. This innovative “plastic” amalgamates Makrolon, a polycarbonate invented by Bayer, with carbon nanotubes, resulting in a remarkably sturdy and robust material boasting strength comparable to steel and an array of other appealing qualities. While the use of plastic might raise eyebrows in a conventional watch, the HM8 Mark 2 wholeheartedly embraces its unconventionality, and the body panels not only exude visual appeal but also provide a satisfying tactile experience.
The sapphire crystals adorning the watch’s top, back, and front are treated with an anti-reflective coating. The dual reflective sapphire crystal prisms with integrated magnifying lenses are working to create a much more legible than in the previous drivers’ watches’ speedometer-style time display. Previously featured in the HM5, HMX, and original HM8, this intelligent system employs a pair of discs that project numerals through prisms at the correct angle, this time allowing the hours and minutes to be read on the watch’s upside-down ski-goggles-like front. The hour indicator swiftly jumps precisely at the top of each hour while the minutes progress seamlessly.
At the heart of this new Horological Machine lies a 247-component MB&F creation, housing a specially developed module built upon a Girard-Perregaux base calibre, offering a decent power reserve of approximately 42 hours. The signature battle-axe-style 22k red gold winding rotor, with its vibrant green CVD coating on the white version, remains proudly visible atop the watch. At the same time, the rest of the finely decorated movement can be seen below. The back of the watch showcases engine-inspired decoration, further accentuating the timepiece’s automotive aesthetic.
The MB&F HM8 Mark 2 is presented on a white calfskin strap for the British green model and a green strap for the white model, both secured with a titanium tang buckle. The British green variant is limited to just 33 pieces, while the white body panel version joins the regular production lineup. The price is CHF 68,000, taxes excluded.
As the HM8 Mark 2 is a continuation of the HM8 lineage, it retains the essence of its predecessor. While the original HM8 was undeniably captivating from every angle, the Mark 2 has been designed with a greater emphasis on wearability and enjoyment as a wristwatch.
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