MB & F’s two latest interpretations of Horological Machine No. 4, Razzle Dazzle and Double Trouble, inspired by the masterpiece of art on the nose of aircraft during World War II-‘Nose art’.
Brand founder Maximilian Büsser explained, ‘Most of the model aircraft I assembled as a child were World War II aircraft. The HM4 Thunderbolt was inspired by these flying tools. So I imagined that if the HM4 was a World War II watch, What should it look like? It should have a hand-painted nose pattern, really rivets, retro faceplates, and military hand-stitched leather straps. This is the perfect HM4 Thunderbolt. ‘
In order to make the watch look more like the atmosphere of World War II, the HM4 Thunderbolt case is locked with titanium rivets, and the two dials specially treated with nostalgia are pre-mixed with extremely fine copper powder. Lacquer made later, and creamy Super-LumiNova. The special strap makes it look more plentiful in the wartime military, and the leather used is removed from the real antique Swiss military backpack.
Although Razzle Dazzle and Double Trouble seem to be full of retro charm, they are actually horological machines made with the highest technology at the present stage. It consists of 311 parts. The movement is a homemade movement developed only for Thunderbolt. The case is also a masterpiece with complicated functions. Its special appearance mirror surface is turned and polished from a whole cylindrical sapphire crystal. It must take 185 hours of man-hours from nothing to light. Four weeks!
Razzle Dazzle and Double Trouble each produced a limited edition of 8. Each one was hand-drawn with a pattern that subverted the traditional meaning, and each one was unique.
Original source: MB & F