When you pair a creative horological think-tank like MB&F with the likes of creative types such as Black Badger’s James Thompson, super interesting things can, and will, happen. The proof is in the pictures, MB&F has just announced the HMX Black Badger (below) and the Starfleet Machine Black Badger at BaselWorld 2016.
Thompson is a 39 year old industrial designer who is originally from Vancouver, Canada but has made Sweden his home for the past 14 years. The designer founded Black Badger Advanced Composites in 2002, and is said to draw his creativity from rage. As the story goes, Thompson was brushed aside as a student by what he reckons was an unfair administrative decision. 12 years have passed since that incident but the designer says he’s still angry about it.
Thompson has chosen to rage against the norm with quite an interesting choice of materials – luminescent material. Partnering with the horological lab (a rebel in its own right), the designer has reinterpreted two of MB&F’s machines: the eye-catching HMX which was launched last year as part of the brand’s 10th anniversary, and the out of this world Starfleet Machine, MB&F’s first table clock, which was created with L’Epée 1839.
The supercar inspired HMX Black Badger sports a redesigned “rocker cover”, which can be seen through the sapphire crystal cover of the timepiece. The cover is now painstakingly milled from Thompson’s signature solid blocks of brightly colored, high-efficiency lume. As you can see from the pictures, the lume from the timepiece’s ‘engine compartment’ and the lumed Arabic hour and minute numerals create an interesting visual dynamic. As before, HMX displays bi-directional jumping hours and trailing minutes.
Three different HMX Black Badger references are up for grabs, and each reference sports a different lume color (radar green, phantom blue and purple reign). All three references are limited to just 18-pieces each. We’re quite taken with the phantom blue reference, we reckon it will offer the best contrast to the polished, mostly dark HMX titanium and steel case. Moreover, the grab-your-attention blue lume will just look fantastic in dark environments.
As we mentioned earlier, Thompson has also breathed on MB&F’s Starfleet Machine, and the results are, again, quite dramatic. With the Starfleet Machine Black Badger, Thompson has added his lume under the external ring that encircles the Starfleet Machine’s movement, in addition to the inside of the machine’s legs, indication domes and hands. The effect, as you can see, is magnificent – there’s a strong chance this new Starfleet Machine is going to be every Star Trek: Deep Space 9 fans’ dream desk clock.
The Starfleet Machine Black Badger offers an impressive 40-day power reserve, which means this attractive, highly-finished desk clock only has to be fully wound about nine times a year. Like the HMX Black Badger, there will be three different references of the Starfleet Machine, and each will sport a different lume color (radar green, phantom blue and purple reign).
Only 18-pieces will be produced of each particular reference, and we once again find ourselves drawn to the cool phantom blue lume. Given the Deep Space 9 space station looks, the blue lume just seems to accentuate the already attractive, space-age looks of the Starfleet Machine.
The HMX Black Badger carries a retail price of approximately US $52,600, a significant premium over the original, which was priced at a very accessible (for a MB&F Performance Machine) $30,000. The Starfleet Machine Black Badger is priced at about $36,200, which is a $7,800 premium over the original.
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