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MB&F unveils new HM8 Mark 2 Edition with sapphire blue bodywork

In 2024, MB&F is introducing a new interpretation of the HM8 Mark 2 featuring a sapphire blue bodywork. Price CHF 68,000
With its instantly recognizable speedometer-style display on the side of the case,  the HM8 by MB&F openly reveals the automotive inspiration behind these horological machines, developing a concept introduced in 2012 with the HM5 and continued with the HMX in 2015 and the HM8 in 2016.

After the two editions launched in 2023 – with white or green body panels, MB&F introduces a new interpretation of the HM8 Mark 2.

MB&F HM8 Mark 2 Sapphire Blue

Again limited to 33 pieces, this edition features a  sapphire blue bodywork which recall luxurious car paints thanks to their metallic pigments and a translucid material.

The sparkly sapphire blue is achieved through a meticulous process involving metallic pigment powder of mineral origin, meticulously incorporated into resin following precise protocols regulating temperature, duration, and mixing procedures.
MB&F HM8 Mark 2 Sapphire Blue

This  solid composite material, developed specifically for MB&F and named CarbonMacrolon, offers remarkable strength and rigidity while weighing eight times less than steel. 

In addition to these attributes, this high-tech material can be coloured, polished, bead-blasted, lacquered, and finished with great versatility, making it extremely versatile and interesting from both technical and design perspectives.

MB&F HM8 Mark 2 Sapphire Blue

In consideration of the small production quantities, the CarbonMacrolon body panels could only be milled from a block, adding another layer of complexity to the watch’s construction. 

Measuring 47 x 41.5 x 19 mm, the HM8 Mark 2 is built with a water-resistant chassis to which the body panels are seamlessly integrated. Crafted from Grade 5 titanium, the chassis presents machining challenges due to the alloy's hardness.

MB&F HM8 Mark 2 Sapphire Blue

Another challenge came from the creation of the double-curved sapphire producing which was 30 to 40 times more expensive than a dome sapphire. 

Because of its thinner section, measuring only two-tenths of a millimetre, the 22-carat gold blades of the battle axe rotor could not be machined; instead, they had to be stamped, with the engraving already integrated into the stamp.

MB&F HM8 Mark 2 Sapphire Blue

To release the crown and adjust the time, it is sufficient to push it and perform three-quarters of a turn. Water resistance is ensured up to 3 ATM (30 metres / 100 feet).

MB&F HM8 Mark 2 Sapphire Blue

Powered by a Girard-Perregaux base movement and featuring a jumping hour and trailing minutes module developed in-house by MB&F, the three-dimensional horological engine of the HM8 Mark 2 operates at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour), with a power reserve of 42 hours.

The hour and minute discs lay horizontally and are optically magnified and projected 90 degrees to the vertical display thanks to high-precision prisms crafted in sapphire crystal.
MB&F HM8 Mark 2 Sapphire Blue

Completed by a sporty and comfortable white calfskin strap with a titanium tang buckle, the new MB&F HM8 Mark 2  in titanium with blue CarbonMacrolon body panels has a retail price of CHF 68,000 plus VAT / Euro 70,000 plus VAT / USD 78,000 including sales taxes. mbandf.com

MB&F HM8 Mark 2 Sapphire Blue

MB&F HM8 Mark 2 Sapphire Blue

MB&F HM8 Mark 2 Sapphire Blue

MB&F HM8 Mark 2 Sapphire Blue

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Time and Watches | The watch blog: MB&F unveils new HM8 Mark 2 Edition with sapphire blue bodywork
MB&F unveils new HM8 Mark 2 Edition with sapphire blue bodywork
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