Watch­mak­ers go beyond their turf to seek out un­likely col­lab­o­ra­tors.

The Peak Selections: Timepieces - - Contents -

Watch­mak­ers are look­ing far beyond their turf for col­lab­o­ra­tions worth wear­ing.

Watch­mak­ers rarely work alone. Many rely on part­ners for straps, hands, pre­cious stones and any num­ber of dec­o­ra­tive tech­niques. But col­lab­o­ra­tions take un­ex­pected turns in the hands of in­de­pen­dents.

MB&F has sought out the ser­vices of James Thompson, a Canadian ac­ces­sory de­signer, for a spe­cial-edi­tion HMX and Starfleet Ma­chine. Thompson, who works un­der the alias “Black Badger”, is known for mak­ing glow-in-the-dark rings. What makes them fas­ci­nat­ing is the lu­mi­nant ma­te­rial (or lume) he uses, known as AGT Ul­tra. Un­like Super-Lu­mi­nova, which is liq­uid, AGT Ul­tra is solid. And more im­por­tantly for fans of glow-in-the-dark watch mark­ings, this solid lume glows brighter and for up to 40 per cent longer than the for­mer.

While Thompson spe­cialises in ac­ces­sories, he is no horol­ogy new­bie: His other watchmaking projects in­clude the Schofield Black­lamp Car­bon and the Sarpaneva Korona K0 North­ern Lights se­ries.

For the HMX Black Badger, Thompson ap­plied lume to the watch’s “rocker cover”. Be­cause of the shape and size of the com­po­nents that needed to be il­lu­mi­nated, the lume com­pounds had to be cut in Switzer­land with MB&F’s own ma­chines. On the Starfleet Ma­chine clock (pic­ture), lume ac­cents the domes, hands and parts of the move­ment. The colours avail­able are Radar Green, Phan­tom Blue and Purple Reign, and there will be 18 pieces in each hue. Now all you need is a party to show them off at.

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