MB&F HM5 RT: A few weeks ago, pre-Salon QP, we were invited to attend Marcus Watches to get acquainted with the new MB&F Horological Machine N°5 Red Gold with Titanium case. This also allowed us to meet the man himself, Max Büsser. We’ve already written an article about the original HM5 and how we just loved the design, simply because of its influences. The HM5 is back on the road again!
As already mentioned, this time round the HM5 features a red-gold and titanium mixed case. The HM5 RT still features it’s relatively simple design but with a complication that is far from: the hour and minute displays look straight forward but they are bi-directional jumping hours with indications inverted, reflected 90° to the vertical and magnified 20%.
HM5 has a futuristic case design but it’s from the 1970′s so the case of the HM5 is not water-resistant. The movement, housed in a water-resistant case, keeps the HM5’s engine nice and dry; allowing you to still get it wet as the cleverly designed case incorporates an exhaust pipe, that drains the water away. The HM5 has a modern automatic winding mechanical movement.
The case is what makes this edition different to the original. The top part of the case is made using 5N red-gold, while the lower section of the case is grade 5 titanium. The reason behind utilising the two different metals is to balance out the weight. The HM5 is quite a large timepiece, measuring 51.5mm x 49mm x 22.5 and making it completely out of red-gold would’ve resulted in a hefty timepiece. The sides and bezel of the red-gold case have been brushed leaving the top where the louvers are, polished. Another small change to the HM5 RT is the dial. Instead of using luminous green, this time round Max has used luminous blue; which compliments the red-gold case nicely.
Quick Conclusion: On the wrist the HM5 RT obviously feels exactly the same as the original but it has that little extra bling. While the new MB&F HM5 looks great in red-gold we still think the original looks better simply because of its more understated zirconium case. At least you now have a choice if you’re more of red-gold kind of person or if you just love collecting MB&F Haute Horlogerie timepieces. Mr Büsser we now eagerly await the HM6!
The new HM5 RT is limited to 66 pieces and retails at £62,500, it is available to purchase from MB&F selected outlets. For more information on this piece of Haute Horlogerie visit the official MB&F website.