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MB&F Horological Machine Nº7 AQUAPOD

There’s something lurking down there in the deep – it’s a jellyfish-like creature – an horological, aquatic-time-machine called the HM7 Aquapod from MB&F.

However unlike actual jellyfish with their poisonous tentacles flailing about in the ocean currents –

its tentacles are neatly tucked away inside a 3-dimensional case made up of two massively domed Sapphire crystals on either side of a Grade 5 Titanium or 18K 5N+ Red Gold case band.

A cambered unidirectional ceramic bezel floats outside the main case, while dual crowns are located between the two structures: the one on the left is for winding the movement (if necessary) and the crown on the right is for time-setting.

The oversized crowns have been ergonomically designed for ease of use, even when manipulated with wet fingers.

The numerals and markers of the bezel were first laser-etched after which the engraved sections were filled with metalized Titanium. The whole ring was then polished to a high gloss.

When I said that the bezel of the Aquapod floats on top of its case – this wasn’t word-play – unlike a regular diver’s bezel that is attached to the watch case, it actually floats separately from the main case kind of like a life buoy.

Dimensions of the Aquapod’s 90-component case include a diameter of 53.8mm with a thickness of 21.3mm.

Water-resistance is limited to just 50 meters which means that, while it isn’t a true dive watch it is more than fit for active duty in the pool or tub – I mean you’d have to get it wet, right?

The HM7 Aquapod’s jellyfish inspired case is starkly contrasted by its inner-horological prowess coming from an MB&F in-house flying tourbillon regulating the power generated by its tentacle-like automatic winding rotor - transforming it into the display of time.

The winding rotor’s tentacles are crafted from a solid block of Titanium; their very three-dimensional nature makes machining and finishing extremely challenging. Underneath the tentacles, a platinum mass ensures powerful and efficient winding.

Like many jellyfish, the HM7 glows in the dark. It glows where you would expect it to – on the hour and minute numerals –

but also around the inside of the movement, to light up that flying tourbillon at night… and in addition, along the tentacle-like winding rotor so that its operation, too, can be appreciated in the dark.

Because the Aquapod’s tentacles lack the actual ability to latch onto your wrist – it is equipped with an aircraft-grade rubber bracelet moulded in Fluorocarbon FKM 70 Shore an elastomer with folding buckle in either Grade 5 Titanium of Red Gold.

The HM7 Aquapod launches with 33 pieces in Grade 5 Titanium with a blue bezel, and 66 pieces in 18K 5N+ Red Gold with a black bezel.

The MB&F HM7 Aquapod brings a little magic and theater back into to the dive watch sector. 

Our otherwise dusty little corner of the watch industry is seldom treated to such brilliance. What do you think – pretty special, eh?!

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