MB&F has finally revealed the HM10 Panda created for Only Watch, a biennial auction specializing in one-of-a-kind timepieces that will be held in Geneva on 6th November. This is the sixth time the Swiss watchmaker has contributed one of its Machines to Only Watch.
The base of this new unique piece for Only Watch is Horological Machine N°10 with its rounded body. The top section of the case is painted in black and white lacquer to mimic the coloring of one of the rarest mammals in the world. The top section of the standard HM10 titanium case was crafted for in stainless steel. The watch features two black titanium panda ears atop the sapphire crystal dome, and a ceramic tail crafted from machined Grade 5 silicon nitride.
To mimic the panda’s eyes, two black aluminum time-display domes were used on the face of the watch also reffering to the other use of the word ‘panda’ in the watchmaking world, where white watch dials with black counters are called panda dials. Flexible “legs” wrap around the wearer’s wrist.
The teeth act as the power reserve indicator. A fully closed mouth indicates that the Panda is wound down and ready for a nap, the closed mouth tell that the watch is charged up with 45 hours of mainspring. This three-dimensional power-reserve indication has been designed and calibrated to use the least energy possible, allowing the timepiece to direct its considerable mainspring torque towards its suspended balance and its revolving hour and minute domes.
Measuring 45mm across, 54mm from nose to tail, and with a maximum height of 24mm, the HM10 Panda is very comfortable to wear. Its sprung strap attachment “legs” allow the body to fit closely around the wrist, with a strap that is black on one side and white on the other. This watch piece is powered by the manual-winding engine of the HM10 that was designed and developed in-house.
The HM10 Panda is being offered together with unique works of art by multidisciplinary designer Lee Yuen-Rapati, who has created a series of illustrations inspired by the timepiece especially for the auction.