The Swiss watchmaker MB&F is known to often incorporate science-fiction motifs into the design of its timepieces. But the sixth entry in the brand’s Horological Machine series, the MB&F Space Pirate, takes this aesthetic to new heights.
An evolution from its more angular predecessors, the Space Pirate’s titanium-alloy case features organic, rounded surfaces inspired by the biomorphism art movement. Four sapphire spheres occupy the corners of the timepiece, the lower two of which display the hours and minutes via rotating spheres marked with numerals. The other two spheres house turbines that are driven by the rotation of the movement’s winding rotor. The company says that the air resistance acting upon the turbines as they rotate counteracts the extreme forces experienced by the movement if the rotor winds too quickly—thus reducing wear on the winding mechanism. A large sapphire dome positioned at the center of the watch allows observation of its flying tourbillon, which sits slightly above the case. In a fun and futuristic twist, the tourbillon can be encased in a protective titanium shield by engaging the crown on the left side of the case. This shield blocks the harmful effects of sunlight, which can dry out the movement’s lubrication.
The MB&F Space Pirate is priced at $230,000; it will be limited to just 50 pieces worldwide. (mbandf.com)