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November 8, 2013updated Nov 12, 2013

MB&F’s Horological Machine No.5 is Back with New ‘RT’ Limited Edition

By Chris Boyle

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Swiss watch manufacturer MB&F’s Horological Machine No.5 is back with a new ‘RT’ limited edition in red gold.

The watch is full of surprises: hour and minute displays look straightforward, but they are bi-directional jumping hours with indications inversed, reflected 90° and magnified 20%.

Horological Machine No5 RT (HM5 RT) has a futuristic case design, but it’s from the 1970s. It has a mechanical movement, but inspired by an era when quartz was king.

The rear louvres on supercars block light, but on HM5 RT they let light in. Befitting its automotive heritage, the watch has exhaust pipes, but they drain water. The gold endowing the HM5 RT case with such a rich lustrous glow was found on earth, but was actually created billions of years ago in deep space.

The last couple of decades have seen an exponential growth in inventions that have revolutionized our lives. In fact, there have been so many incredible new machines that we have become blasé about innovation. Robots may not cook dinner, but they do build cars, vacuum the home and mow the lawn. Sending a man to Mars is more a question of economics than engineering.

HM5 RT was inspired by an earlier time when we were not quite as blasé about technology as we are now: the 1970s. Imagine the excitement and dreams of the future back then. Man could fly on the road with a new genre of streamlined supercars; fly on the sea with hovercrafts; fly at supersonic speeds on Concorde; and fly to the moon in Apollo.

Everything seemed possible: humanoid robots, personal jet-packs and flying cars were surely just around the corner. In the 1970s the future wasn’t tomorrow, it was today!

While we might still be waiting for flying cars, with HM5 RT you can put a high-tech golden supercar on your wrist!A deep-brush case finish brings out the lush richness of the 5N red gold and the warmth of the precious metal creates a perfect juxtaposition with the cool electric-blue trim around the time display.

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Grade 5 titanium flanking the lower sides and base of the case both highlights and softens the formal nobility of the red gold. While HM5 RT has a generously sized 51.5mm x 49mm case and gold is known for its weight as much as its beauty, thanks to the discrete use of ultra-light titanium, HM5 RT is a very comfortable machine to wear.

HM5 RT is a luxurious limited edition of 66 pieces in 5N red gold and titanium.

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