In the world of high-end watches, MB&F stands out as an innovator and provocateur. With two innovative collections focused on the Legacy and the Horoscope, the brand has consistently attracted the attention of enthusiasts and the market at large with its industry-leading mechanical thinking. Much of this is true of the brand’s latest offering, the HM9 Sapphire Vision , which expands upon previous design iterations for the new 2023 release.
Expanding on the original 2018 design, the new MB&F HM9 Sapphire Vision challenges traditional watch design with a striking case and internal movement. Encased in a case crafted from sapphire crystal and white gold, this watch is a testament to boundary-pushing horology. The casing’s curved and bubbly form, intricately assembled in three parts, is sealed with a proprietary combination of patented three-way gaskets and high-tech compound bonding. The unique dimensions respond to the unique properties of sapphire crystal, enhancing both its aesthetics and durability, while recalling the ocean-dwelling inspiration of this model.
The dial of the HM9 Sapphire Vision is a transparent canvas that reveals the intricate workings of its mechanical heart. Read from the side of the wrist, its sapphire crystal surface is marked with Super-LumiNova, ensuring legibility in a variety of lighting conditions. This crystal dial also serves as a window into the captivating world within, where every part is on display. The openwork design showcases the craftsmanship of MB&F watchmakers, with a hand-polished balance bridge, chamfered edges and meticulously decorated surfaces. It is a harmonious combination of form and function, where the beauty of mechanical precision takes center stage.
MB&F’s in-house manual-winding movement powers this masterpiece of a watch. The engine has not one but two completely independent balance wheels linked by a planetary differential. This innovative approach ensures accuracy and consistency. To minimize sensitivity to shocks, a spiral spring is used between the movement and the case, providing both elasticity and stability. Sophisticated mechanical calculations, aided by a planetary differential, result in stable and accurate time display.
Pricing for the new 2023 version of MB&F’s HM9 Sapphire Vision is marked at $490,000, with the white gold version limited to five iterations.