Icon MB&F HM6 Space Pirate
It’s not really a space pirate, it’s a watch
It’s a 1950s smartwatch! Well, yes, it does exude something of a future-gazing ’50s vibe, doesn’t it? And it is a smart watch indeed, but it’s not a smartwatch. It exists solely for the eternally noble purpose of telling the time, not communicating with your common, pocket-dwelling phone. It was inspired by the spherical parts on the spaceship in the Captain Future comics that first appeared in the ’40s. Where are the hands? This space pirate didn’t lose his extremities in a sub-orbital skirmish: he never had them to begin with. Horological readings are taken from the lower domes, which show the time using two hemispherical indicators. So it’s an astronaut’s watch, then? NASA is unlikely to make it standard issue, though like all spaceships, it actually has radiation shields: the central dome that houses the flying tourbillon is protected from UV radiation (it speeds up the oxidation of lubricating oils, as we’re sure you already knew) by a retractable shield that’s raised by a crown on the left side of the case. Meanwhile the twin spherical turbines up top, which regulate the winding system and the time indicators, are left out to look pretty full-time – radiation be damned. What happened to the other five space pirates? This is the first and, as far as we know, the only Space Pirate model to be made; however, there have been five Horological Machines (hence the HM6) before it. MB&F exists to push the boundaries of watches as art, taking over three years to develop this one alone. Only 100 HM6s will be made, and only 50 will have the impressive titanium exoskeleton you see here.
IT WAS INSPIRED BY THE SPACESHIP IN THE CAPTAIN FUTURE COMICS OF THE ’40S