What Watch Will You Be Wearing New Year’s Eve?
MB&F doesn't stop at inspiration from their own watches, and design elements of the MB&F HM6 extend to concepts developed by their friends such as those the also Geneva-based watch maker Urwerk. MB&F even partnered with Urwerk on joint-venture watch known as the C3H5N3O3. The "turbines" in the MB&F HM6 watch are connected to the automatic rotor which winds the movement. A very similar concept was developed by Urwerk for their UR-202 watches. The MB&F HM6, however, extends the concept of the turbines and makes them much more visible - from both the top and bottom of the movement. The turbines are directly connected to the automatic rotor and move when it moves. This is mostly for show, but MB&F always likes to find a function to their fun, and they say that the turbines create some air resistance so that the rotor never spins "too fast" potentially damaging the movements.
Whether or not Apple decides to release an iWatch, iTime, iWhatever... smartwatch in a few hours or a few months (UPDATE: They did. See the Apple Watch here), we know that the accomplished Australian industrial designer Marc Newson will more than likely be a big part of the design process of this upcoming and highly anticipated wearable computing device. A few days ago, I discussed the implications and virtues of Apple's decision to have Marc Newson join Jony Ive in designing products at the company. You cannot discuss Marc Newson and watches without talking at length about Ikepod.
There is so much to like about this thoughtful design from IWC, from the date display tucked away at six within the sub seconds dial, to the well proportioned handset and the decision to hide the power reserve on the movement side to protect the symmetry of the dial. With sapphire crystals front and back, along with a beautifully finished movement, the IWC Portugieser 75th Anniversary doesn't have a bad angle.