Chronopassion founder teams with watchmaker for striking photoshoot.
MB&F has unveiled its latest horological creation – the HM3 ReBel – which it is describing as “horological anarchy” as it has been designed to be worn on the right hand, not the left.
The watch is a twist on the watchmaker’s HM3 timepiece and has a black PVD-treated white gold case that conceals charcoal-coloured movement plates and bridges with a 22ct gold rotor. There have been 18 of the watches made.
MB&F owner and chief creative officer Max Büsser said: “We think James Dean would have worn one, Billy Idol would have sang about it and the Rebel Alliance would have fought for it.”
The art-house watchmaker has teamed up with Parisian retailer and watch guru Laurent Picciotto, who founded Chronopassion, to promote the new HM3 ReBel in a series of striking black and white photographs depicting Picciotto wearing the watch in a series of rebel-inspired photographs.
The craftsmanship behind the HM3 ReBel
The ReBel’s twin cones ergonomically indicate the hours and minutes, with the hour cone capped by a day/night indicator. The top caps of the truncated cones are brazed, not glued, to ensure maximum water-resistance and the red hands of the hour and minute indicators are cut by laser to obtain the incredibly high precision-minimum mass ratio the design necessitates.
White gold clover-head screws on top of the black case resemble rivets in an upmarket biker’s leather jacket, while the large, legible numbers of the over-sized date wheel around the rotor enable the date to be read off easily against a neat, engraved triangle on the case.
The rotor and oscillating balance on top provide a clue that the ReBel’s movement, featuring no less than 36 functional jewels and 304 components, is actually inverted. Turning the Machine over reveals the technical secret behind the powerful and superbly hand-finished engine: two large-diameter, high-tech ceramic bearings racing inside bright blue cages efficiently transmitting power up to the time indication cones and date wheel.