Friday, March 19, 2010
The relatively light weight belies the architectural volume of HM1-Ti's grade 5 titanium case, a case whose complex modular construction enables every part to be independently refurbished.
The radical three-dimensionality of the case construction may turn heads; however, the totally original and highly intricate movement inside, with its 376 parts and 81 functional jewels, ensures that HM1-Ti will turn minds as well.
HM1-Ti features hours and minutes on separate dials, a raised central one-minute tourbillon, a seven-day power reserve, four mainspring barrels and both automatic and manual winding.
Augmenting the more technical style of HM1-Ti is an open dial providing a visual feast of the superbly finished movement and allowing maximum visual access to the large diameter hour/minute synchronizing wheel and the mesmerizing raised tourbillon carriage.
The hours and minutes are indicated on their respective etched-sapphire bridges augmented by precision laser-cut applied numerals, while the seven-day power reserve on the right-hand dial is displayed by a rotating disk.
The challenge of applying a variety of multi-faceted fine finishes to the difficult-to-work titanium has been rewarded by the vibrant juxtaposition of light reflecting off the contrasting highly polished and matte-satin surfaces.
An extra-wide custom tapered strap, complemented by a bespoke white gold and titanium folding buckle, completes the timepiece and reinforces the highly technical nature of the case.
Exclusive is hardly the right word for an extremely limited edition of just 10 pieces.