Welcome back to our weekly installment, Watching the Web, where we have a quick look at some interesting watches and articles that have popped up over the last week (or so), as well as taking a second look at what some of our more popular articles this week were. Today, we’ve got a the latest from MB&F, and word on a watchmaker losing the use of his own name. After those, we’ll highlight (as usual) some of our more popular posts from the last week. Read on to see what we’ve got in store for you.
This week, the watch blogs just about exploded with coverage of the new watch from MB&F, the HM6 (aka Space Pirate). In the past, I would not have been surprised if someone described MB&F watches as looking like they came from outer space. The HM6 takes that inspiration quite literally. The case has a biomorphic shape that is inspired from an anime of Max Busser’s childhood, Capitaine Flam. This is definitely one of the wildest creations we have seen from the brand, and the lightweight beastie (it’s made of titanium and aluminum, primarily) is definitely a rare one, with only 50 of the $230,000 watch being made. You can check out a lot of great pictures (and some videos) in this writeup over at ABTW.
Marc Jenni is a name you may or may not be familiar with. While the watchmaker’s company is only 4.5 years old, he has created some rather nice-looking pieces. Those watches bearing the Marc Jenni name on the dial are about to become a lot more rare, unfortunately. To put it bluntly, he is being told that he cannot use his own family name on the watches. Doxa (yes, the dive watch folks), is owned by a family named Jenny, which is also a name that appears on one of their anniversary models. Even though the watches made by Doxa and Marc Jenni are quite different, the Jenny family did not like this similarity. And, as this writeup over at Quill & Pad shows, it isn’t a matter of being in the right – it’s a matter of who has the deeper pockets in the fight. Its an unfortunate state of affairs, but Marc Jenni will continue on – just with a different name for his brand.
Now, lets turn our attention back to our own pages. First up, we have our second review of a James McCabe piece, the Master. This is an ingeniously designed skeleton watch, in my opinion. Ingenious because they made use of a smoked layer that partially obscures the movement. This keeps readability decent, while still giving you a nice look at the mechanical bits driving the watch.
Next up, we have our review of the Earnshaw Meteorite, the first time I’ve gotten to see a meteorite dial up close and personal. While the gold finish is not necessarily my thing, I have to say this sort of dial is visually very impressive. And hey, if you are going to go for a unique watch, why not get a dial that has a striking (and rare) material used for it?
And last, but not least, a question: do you have your entries in for our current giveaway? It’s October, and this month you have the opportunity to win your choice of one of three Szanto watches. Head on over here to get your entries in.
With that, we’ll wrap things up. As always, if there’s something you think we should be covering, feel free to drop us a line. If you bring something up that we end up writing about, we’ll be sure to tip our hats (electronically, if not literally) in your general direction.
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