HM6 Final Edition
MB&F announced the HM6 Final Edition after four years of production as a limited edition of 8 pieces using up the last of the 100 HM6 “engines.”
When MB&F launched Horological Machine No.6 – a.k.a. HM6 Space Pirate – in November 2014, they stated that only 100 movements with revolving hour and minute spheres driven by conical gears would be made. Since then, this unusual 475-component engine has driven a series of editions.
The HM6 was designed like a Japanese sci-fi cartoon spacecraft with engines. The platinum winding rotor is regulated by twin aluminium turbines. In the centre, the flying 60-second tourbillon huddles under a sapphire crystal dome, with its own retractable “hyperspace” shield.
HM6 Production History
The HM6 Space Pirate launch edition was 50 pieces in Ti-6Al-4V (Grade 5) titanium, followed by 18 pieces in 18K 5N+ red gold and Ti-6Al-4V (Grade 5) titanium.
Then, there were two “SV/Sapphire Vision” editions with two transparent sapphire crystal plates on either side of a central precious metal case band: 10 pieces in 18K 5N+ red gold and 10 pieces in platinum 950.
Lately, there were four spooky “Alien Nation” Pièces Uniques with one of four different gasket colours between the sapphire crystal plates, each with a crew of miniature white gold aliens.
The remaining 8 movements are assigned to the HM6 FE (Final Edition) in stainless steel cases like previous Final Editions of HM1, HM2, HM3 and HM4 watches.
Special Features of the HM6 FE
The case is in stainless steel – a very rare metal in MB&F production.
Polished grooves run along the biomorphic case, accentuating the curves of the spacecraft HM6 body.
Dark blue hour and minute spheres match the blue winding rotor.
Finally, they made the central dome even more generous, allowing an even better panoramic view of the flying tourbillon and it’s “hyperspace” shield.
VIDEO HM6 Final Edition
Price of the Final Space Pirates
Retail price of the HM6 Final Edition is CHF 210,000 + taxes (USD 215,000 + taxes).
The HM6 FE dimensions are 49.5 x 52.3 x 20.4 mm, which remarkably are a little smaller than the sapphire SV and Alien Nation versions but by no means is this watch discreet or svelte. Then again, any owner of a MB&F HM6 watch is unlikely to be a shy, retiring type!
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Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He was former CEO of PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).