Even though it is seven days before the “official” unveiling, Watchuseek is proud to announce:
Horological Machine No2 - Ceramic
MB&F presents Horological Machine No2 with a ceramic case. Two versions are available: ceramic with red gold (HM2-CR) and ceramic with titanium (HM2-CTi).
Ceramic: there is nothing quite like it. In fact, nothing that even comes close! From exquisite 5,000 year old pottery to 300 km/hour brake disks on Formula One racing cars; from the aqueducts of the Roman Empire to 1,600°C heat shields on the space shuttle, ceramic’s extreme versatility is complimented an incredible ability to shrug of time and adversity.
Like MB&F, ceramic effortlessly bridges tradition and high-tech; engineering and art. MB&F and ceramic is a natural match. A natural match yes, but not an easy one. The case of HM2- Ceramic is the result of over 18 months development due to the fact that working with a material built to last for generations isn’t easy (necessitating diamond milling tools) and that MB&F was uncompromising with regard to quality, esthetics and finish.
HM2-Ceramic is a juxtaposition of materials and finishes. The black ceramic case has a unique brushed satin finish - ceramic surfaces are generally high gloss – which imparts a silvery metallic sheen to the timepiece: a finish appropriately fitting for a horological machine par excellence.
In HM2-CR (ceramic/red gold), the stealth black of the virtually scratchproof case provides a high-contrast background to the red gold bezels and nameplate, while HM2-CTi (ceramic/titanium) offers a more reserved look. On the extra-wide strap, the metal of the tang buckle compliments that of the case base-plate.
The highly legible twin dials of HM2-Ceramic are black and ruthenium, a combination providing easy time telling without the dials dominating the timepiece.
HM2-Ceramic features the world's first mechanical movement offering: Instantaneous Jump Hour, Concentric Retrograde Minutes, Retrograde Date, Bi-Hemisphere Moon Phase and Automatic Winding. One highlight (of many) of the HM2 complication is the highly energy efficient Jump Hour/Retrograde mechanism developed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht. Wiederrecht's exclusive (and patented) asymmetrical-tooth gear wheels ensure high precision and play-free functionality.
The exclusivity of HM2-Ceramic is ensured by the fact that the model will be limited to just 33 timepieces in ceramic/red gold and 66 in ceramic/titanium.
HM2-Ceramic – Technical Specifications
Horological Machine No2-Ceramic is a limited edition (over three years) of just 33 pieces in ceramic/red gold (HM2-CR) and 66 pieces in ceramic/titanium (HM2-CTi)
According to Mr. Büsser "The black Ceramic top-plate has been quite an incredible challenge as it is entirely machined with diamond cutting tools !"
Jean-Marc Wiederrecht/Agenhor designed functionality regulated and powered by a Girard-Perregaux oscillator and gear train
Balance oscillating at 28,800 bph
22k rose gold Double Hakken automatic winding rotor
Number of components: 349 including 44 jewels
Left dial: Retrograde Date and Bi-Hemisphere Moon Phase
Right Dial: Jumping Hours and Concentric Retrograde Minutes
Ceramic/red gold (HM2-CR) limited to 33 pieces; ceramic/titanium (HM2-CTi) limited edition of 66 pieces.
Dimensions (exclusive of crown and lugs): 59mm x 38mm x 13mm
Water resistant to 30 meters (3 ATM)
Number of parts: 102 (case only)
Dial side with anti-reflective treatment on both faces. Display back with anti-reflective treatment on single face.
Ruthenium or Black
Strap & Buckle:
Black hand-stitched alligator extra-wide with tang buckle to match case metal.
Precision engineered aluminium and leather instrument case featuring an integrated Rüeger thermometer.
The attached images show:
HM2-CR: Ceramic and 18k red gold – a limited edition of 33 pieces (only 11 produced this year)
HM2-CTi: Ceramic and Titanium - a limited edition of 66 pieces (only 22 produced this year)
More information at the MB&F Website