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HM9 FLOW - TITANIUM AIR EDITION

Inspired by the dynamic profiles of mid-century automotive and aviation designs, Horological Machine N°9 was launched in 2018 and offered in two versions, drawing their inspiration from the two main sources: a "Road" version with a speedometer-style dial and an "Air" version with an aviator-type dial.

This HM9 Flow Air edition in titanium is limited to 33 pieces.

Worldwide shipping is offered free of charge. Local customs duties and other taxes applicable in the country of delivery are borne by the buyer.

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Description

In the post-war years of the late 1940s and 1950s, aerodynamic principles were just beginning to take root in the field of automotive design. The boxy, carriage-like shapes of previous decades were melting into something more streamlined. At the same time, curvilinear forms became more prominent, carrying the immediate promise of power and speed. The sophisticated computer modelling and wind-tunnel technology we have today were far-off dreams at that time – designers were guided more by their aesthetic sense than by any scientific precepts. The result was some of the most beautiful man-made objects ever created, epitomised by automobiles like the Mercedes-Benz W196 and the 1948 Buick Streamliner. Other industries followed, notably that of aviation, producing aircraft such as the sleek-bodied, snub-nosed De Havilland Venom that patrolled Swiss airspace for 30 years.

Reminiscent of a jet engine, a highly complex case in alternating polished and satin finishes encloses an equally complex manual winding movement, developed fully in house. Independent twin balance wheels beat at a leisurely 2.5Hz (18,000bph) on each flank of Horological Machine N°9, visible under elongated domes of sapphire crystal. A third pane of sapphire crystal on the central body reveals the gearbox of the HM9 engine: a planetary differential that averages the output of both balance wheels to provide one stable reading of the time. Sitting perpendicular to the rest of the HM9 engine is the dial indicating hours and minutes, driven by conical gears that ensure precise engagement even when motion is put through a 90° planar translation. The winding and setting crown is located on the rear of the central body, its deep fluting providing ergonomic grip as well as aesthetic coherence with the overall design. Two satin-finished air scoops are mounted alongside the pods containing the oscillating balance wheels, evoking the raised vents that allow continuous airflow to high-performance motor engines.

HM9 FLOW - TITANIUM AIR EDITION

The Creator

Maximilian Büsser and Friends

After decades conforming to the rules of corporate watchmaking, Max Büsser broke the chains and started a rebellion in 2005; a rebellion called MB&F - Maximilian Büsser & Friends.

MB&F is an artistic concept laboratory based around a simple idea: to assemble collectives of independant watchmaking professionals to develop radical watches - Horological or Legacy Machines. By nurturing teams of talented individuals, harnessing their passion and creativity and crediting each person's essential role, MB&F uses their synergy to become much greater than the sum of its parts. Respecting tradition, but never constrained by it, MB&F reinterprets traditional, high-quality watchmaking into three-dimensional kinetic sculptures.

First presented in 2018, Horological Machine N°9 'Flow' comes in in two limited titanium editions of 33 pieces each: "Air" and "Road". Following editions were crafted in red gold and sapphire crystal.

After decades conforming to the rules of corporate watchmaking, Max Büsser broke the chains and started a rebellion in 2005; a rebellion called MB&F - Maximilian Büsser & Friends.

MB&F is an artistic concept laboratory based around a simple idea: to assemble collectives of independant watchmaking professionals to develop radical watches - Horological or Legacy Machines. By nurturing teams of talented individuals, harnessing their passion and creativity and crediting each person's essential role, MB&F uses their synergy to become much greater than the sum of its parts. Respecting tradition, but never constrained by it, MB&F reinterprets traditional, high-quality watchmaking into three-dimensional kinetic sculptures.

First presented in 2018, Horological Machine N°9 'Flow' comes in in two limited titanium editions of 33 pieces each: "Air" and "Road". Following editions were crafted in red gold and sapphire crystal.

Specifications

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DISPLAY

Hours and minutes on vertical dial display.
Two fully independent balance wheels with planetary differential.



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ENGINE

Manual-winding in-house movement;
Frequency: 2.5Hz (18,000 bph);
301 components, 52 jewels.

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DIMENSIONS

57 mm x 47 mm x 23 mm

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CASE

Grade 5 titanium with aviation-style dial and NAC-finish movement.
Water resistance: 30m / 3ATM / 90 feet, assembled in three segments with patented three-dimensional gasket.

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POWER RESERVE

45 hours
Single barrel

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STRAP & BUCKLE

Hand-stitched brown calf-leather strap with custom-designed titanium folding buckle.

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EDITION

Limited edition of 33 pieces

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