PARTNERS IN TIME
Watchmakers go beyond their turf to seek out unlikely collaborators.
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.