MB&F launched the first Horological Machine in 2007, positioning itself as an independent watchmaker primarily interesting in futuristic design. Ten years and eight Horological Machines later, (MB&F actually skipped over the HM7 a few months ago when it released the HM8), Max Büsser and his friends have remained steadfast in their mission, creating watches that look as if they were made without any standard watch parts at all. That is not longer true after today. The diver’s bezel is one of the most instantly recognisable elements of modern watch making, and, in a departure from form, Büsser has made it one of the chief design elements of the HM7.
Of course, he’s done something quite unexpected with it. Instead of laying it on top of the case, where one usually finds a bezel, Büsser has surrounded the double-domed case with the bezel. It ends up looking almost like Saturn’s rings — which is not what the watch is meant to look like — but the result is awesome. One of the great pleasures of MB&F’s sometimes strangely shaped horological machines usually comes not when the watch sits on the wrist, but off, discovering the watch from many different angles. And the brand new Horological Machine No. 7 might be the maker’s most three-dimensional creation to date. There simply isn’t one straight edge to it — even the lugs are dramatically arched and articulated — via Hodinkee