MB&F has a rule that they can’t do anything like other brands – a policy that, for the most part, they are pretty good at sticking to. With this newest and third iteration of the Horological Machine No. 5 (HM5), they created a black-cased watch, not with a black coating over metal, but with a novel material they like to call “CarbonMacrolon.” Thus, we have a dark version of the 1970s sports car inspired “driver’s watch,” paired with cool purple accents.
The HM5 (reviewed here) is one of my favorite Horological Machines. In addition to being amongst the most affordable (really not saying much), it is also amongst the most wearable. A driver’s watch, in the traditional sense, allowed the wearer to read the time at a glance from the side of their watch, with their hands on a steering wheel. The concept is probably about 100 years old, in some form or another, and while it doesn’t necessarily apply today, the idea is interesting. I am not sure when the wedge-style driver’s watch came about, but the design has led to an interesting “wearing experience” that is probably at its apex with the Horological Machine No. 5 (originally nicknamed “On The Road Again”).