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WMR - November 2016

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Horological Machine N°8 (HM8)


Horological Machine N°8 (HM8), an exquisitely sculptured, high-speed wrist-borne fantasy merges all these influences, and especially that of the “Can-Am”. The Canadian-American Challenge Cup, Can-Am for short, was a sports car racing series running from 1966 to 1987. Bruce McLaren developed his very first car for the Can-Am series; McLaren, Lola, Chaparral, BRM, Shadow and Porsche all ran manufacture teams. Class restrictions in the Can-Am were minimal and allowed for unlimited engine sizes, turbo- charging, supercharging, and basically unrestricted aerodynamics. This all led to the development of pioneering technology in many fields, including extremely powerful engines.

HM8 Can-Am features a curvaceous yet angular case, with dual optical prisms vertically displaying bi-directional jumping hours and trailing minutes, while the distinctive battle-axe winding rotor is visible on top.

The real star of HM8 is its Can-Am inspired polished “roll bars” majestically sweeping from the front of the Machine down to the beguiling tapered back. The roll bars are milled from solid blocks of grade 5 titanium and then meticulously hand-polished to gleam like tubular mirrors.

HM8’s Engine sits in full view under a nearly invisible sapphirecrystal engine cover. The open centre of the blued-gold battle-axe rotor enables appreciation of the circular wave finish on the movement, while the hour and minute indication discs are visible in the corners.