The MB&F HM6 Space Pirate timepiece has been named “Best of the Best” in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015. Considered the most complicated and crazy MB&F ever, the HM6’s initial inspiration came from a Japanese anime TV series from Maximilian Büsser’s childhood: Capitaine Flam. In honor of the prestigious award, MB&F has released a new iteration of the HM6 known as the MB&F HM6 RT. The new limited edition version replaces the titanium case of the original MB&F HM6 with 8k red gold case. However, it is not the usual “5N” red gold. The company crafted this new edition from solid blocks of “5N+” red gold. In addition to the usual gold and copper, a small amount of palladium is added to the mix, which is denoted by the plus symbol. The palladium “fixes” the copper, which otherwise has a tendency to oxidize and tarnish over time. 5N+ red gold will thus retain its color for many years.
The highly complicated case features no less than nine spherical crystals along with another one on the caseback. Rotating bubbles on the front display time, one of which displays the minutes and the other one indicating the hours. While the original titanium edition was limited to 50 pieces, the new MB&F HM6 RT Space Pirate in Red Gold is limited to 18 pieces (knowing that the goal is to produce 100 pieces of the HM6). It is priced at CHF 220,000 ($233,000 approximately).