MB&F HM8 (Horological Machine No. 8) packs an unlikely combination for its inspiration and homage. It’s all about supercars, Can-Am motor racing and a touch of anime. Not really a mismatched combination, but still quite a match of different worlds.
Generally, that combination would raise eyebrows, but it’s done succinctly enough to be likable. Plus, when you look this good, you’re allowed to get away with a few (or a lot) of unlikely combinations. The look and feel of HM8 is all about racing with its focus on the Canadian-American Challenge Cup that started 50 years ago.
The anime connection shows up discreetly in the rather good looking battle-axe winding rotor that was displayed prominently in the MB&F HM3 and is a shoutout to the double battle axe Grendizer carried in the anime UFO Robot Grendizer.
Everything else though, is about fast cars and Can-Am. The design generally evokes the look of the racing cars, prominently displaying open engines that are protected by roll bars made from grade 5 titanium. Prominence of these roll bars is a feature that puts the HM8’s inspiration vividly and gives the watch its unique look and shape.
The HM8 has fine-finished automatic movement that drives bidirectional jumping hours and sweeping minutes. Time is visible vertically through optical-grade sapphire crystal prisms. The watch is available in two versions, each using grade 5 titanium along with either 18K red or white gold.