Monaco, Sep 23, 2011

LOT 28

MB&F for Only Watch MB&F, Horological Machine No.4 Thunderbolt ?Flying Panda?. Very fine, unique, aviation-inspired, titanium, sapphire and 18K white gold wristwatch created for Only Watch 2011 in collaboration with Chinese artist Huang Hankang, with detachable solid 18K gold panda, visible movement, two barrels, power reserve indication, two crowns, and a titanium and white gold deployant clasp. Accompanied by MB&F fitted box, Certificate, and the original Huang Hankang watercolor for the HM4.

Case: Multi-piece, two jet turbine-style pods, polished and brushed, sapphire panels for a 360 degree view of the movement, dual crowns for winding and hand-setting, articulated lugs, detachable 18K white gold panda holding gold reins riding on the center section, sapphire crystals. Dial: Black, hours and minutes on the right dial, Arabic numerals, outer minute divisions, triangular index at 12, power-reserve indication on the left dial with brushed reserves. Luminous arrow hands. Movement: Three-dimensional, manual winding with two mainspring barrels in parallel, 50 jewels, vertical gear trains, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, self-compensating balance spring. Case signed MB&F and by the artist Huang Hankang. Dimensions: 54 x 52 mm. Thickness 24 mm.

Wish Price EUR 170,000 - 230,000

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Maximilian Büsser and Friends is a concept laboratory dedicated solely to designing and crafting small series of radical concept watches in collaboration with talented professionals. MB&F, after a powerful contribution in 2009, returns to the Only Watch charity auction with another emotionally-charged piece, this time in collaboration with Chinese artist Huang Hankang. The HM4 Only Watch is a magical synthesis of children's dreams and cutting-edge Haute Horlogerie. It describes the only way children - symbolised by the panda - can currently escape from the disease: through their dreams... and most kids have a recurrent dream: the dream of FLYING. Huang Hankang Born in 1977 in Suzhou, China. After earning an art degree, he moved to Paris to further his artistic education. His talent was internationally recognised in 2007 with an exhibition in New York and subsequent exhibitions in Europe. When Huang was asked if he was interested in collaborating with MB&F on the Only Watch project, it took only one glance at HM4 Thunderbolt for him to realize that this was an artistic medium he had not considered before and he relished the challenge and the cause. Huang's original painting, which served as inspiration for the piece, accompanies the HM4 Only Watch.