MB&F launches HM11 Architect
A futuristic home on your wrist.
MB&F has launched its latest horological machine, the HM11 Architect, inspired by the futuristic architecture of the 1960s. Featuring a central flying tourbillon surrounded by four polished titanium blades, three of which contain the dial, the HM11’s novel rotating case serves as a massive winding crown.
Designed by long-time collaborator Eric Giroud, HM11 draws inspiration from Habitology, an architectural movement of the late 1960s that challenged traditional norms of domestic architecture, favoring organic forms over straight walls and rectangular windows.
initial thoughts As someone who prefers traditional design, I generally find Horological Machines a bit big and a bit ostentatious. But the HM11 is more compact and stylish than its specs suggest. nice watches shop
In fact, the HM11 is the most traditional wrist horological machine yet, with its round 42mm case and simple lugs. Although it's tall, at 23mm at its highest point, it has a surprisingly small footprint on the wrist, so it's not for the faint of heart (or long-sleeved people).
However, even by the sculptural standards set by previous horological machines, the HM11 feels ambitious, especially in terms of case construction. For example, the complex shape of the case requires 19 gaskets to ensure water resistance to 20 m.
There are also plenty of hidden details, such as a proprietary shock-absorbing system adapted from the aerospace industry, that help make the overall package very satisfying; the longer you look, the more you discover. replica Urwerk UR-230 Eagle
I was initially skeptical about the inclusion of a thermometer, I thought it was a gimmick. The thermometer seems like an afterthought compared to the power reserve display, which makes perfect sense for a watch that combines a long power reserve with a novel winding mechanism.
But considering the home inspiration of the HM11, it makes sense, as thermostats are an almost universal feature of modern homes. Furthermore, the execution is excellent and traditional, as it relies on a bimetallic band, just like 19th century pocket watches.
In terms of value, there are certainly cheaper ways to get a flying tourbillon, but MB&F has few peers in the haute horlogerie space characterized by such design-forward kinetic sculptures, so this comparison is largely irrelevant critical.
The rotating case gives the buy watch replica multiple personalities, allowing the wearer to cycle through the various displays like a carousel and choose whether to view the time, power reserve or temperature within sight.
Additionally, this construction improves winding efficiency; the 42 mm diameter case provides greater leverage than a typical winding crown, thereby reducing the number of rotations required to wind the watch. In fact, a 45-degree rotation is enough to generate 72 minutes of runtime, with a full 96-hour power reserve required in just 10 full revolutions.
While previous horological machines were inspired by seventies sports cars, World War II fighter jets, jellyfish and spaceships, the HM11 is the first horological machine to take inspiration directly from modern architecture.
Looking at the HM11, the architectural influence is clear. Viewed from the side, the shell shape reminds me of the Futuro Pod, a round prefab house designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen in the 1960s. While Futuro Pods never became mainstream, they became emblematic of the jet-age futurism that MB&F often celebrated through its timepiece machines.
The markers for the time and power reserve displays are made from polished aluminum balls and smaller, darker titanium balls. In terms of power reserve, the relative size of the spheres indicates the remaining operating time, with the largest sphere having a diameter of 2.4 mm indicating full power.replica mens watches
Like all horological machinery since the HM3, the HM11 is a driver's watch, which means that the time is not read from the top, but from the side. The HM11 takes this concept further with its rotating case, allowing the wearer to select which of three dials to use at any given time.
The HM11 also includes a relatively unusual complication and a first for the brand: a thermometer. While thermometers were once quite common in large precision timepieces and even some pocket watches, they are rarely used in wristwatches.
Available in Celsius or Fahrenheit, this thermometer is capable of displaying temperatures between -20° to 60° Celsius or 0° to 140° Fahrenheit. This thermometer works using a coiled bimetallic strip that expands and contracts with changes in temperature.
This principle has a long history in horology, dating back to the early marine chronometers of the mid-eighteenth century, which used it to regulate the effective length of the hairspring. This technology was later used to create the first temperature-compensated balance wheels, which were a staple of all fine watches until they were made obsolete with the introduction of modern alloys such as Glucydur. replica mens watches
MB&F HM11 Architect
Diameter: 42mm Height: 23mm Material: titanium Crystal: Sapphire Waterproof performance: 20m
Movement: HM11 Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve and temperature Winding: manual winding Frequency: 18,000 times per hour (2.5 Hz) Power reserve: 96 hours
Strap: Rubber strap with titanium buckle