The Horological Machine N°9 ‘Sapphire Vision’ – aka HM9-SV – consists of an outer hull of sapphire crystal and precious metal, curved and bubbled and precisely fitted together in three parts, that is sealed with a proprietary combination of patented three-dimensional gasket and high-tech compound bonding process.
Two fully independent cantilevered balances channel data into a differential that turns two heartbeats into one coherent time-pulse. Ultra-precise conical gears efficiently turn the engine’s energy and information current through a 90° angle to feed the time display on a sapphire crystal dial, marked with Super-LumiNova.
On the reverse, co-axial beneath each of the balances are propellers: twin turbines that spin freely as an element of pure visual interest, waiting for someone to begin a new type of exploration. Two years after the initial HM9 Flow ‘Air’ and ‘Road’ editions conquered land and sky, HM9-SV takes us to the depths of the ocean – the last realm on Earth that still holds a wealth of untold secrets.
This is an exploratory vessel from Atlantis, powered by a divergent technology both familiar and strange to our eyes. The result of three years of development, the HM9 engine is conceived and assembled entirely in-house, with the accumulated experience that comes with MB&F’s 18 different movements to date.
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