"Ribbit..." MB&F (Max Busser & Friends) collaborated with a boutique Finnish watch maker named Stepan Sarpaneva to create the limited edition of their already limited watches, MB&F's HM3 "The Frog." The luxury watch brand releases about one brand new watch each year, including special models based on their standard collection of Horological Machines. There are two versions of the watch - one in a darker, PVD black coated titanium with a green toned 22k gold automatic rotor (12 pieces), and a titanum version with a blue 22k gold automatic rotor (20 pieces). That is a total of 32 HM3 Frog watches in total.
Why the "Frog?" According to Ariel Adams from A Blog to Watch, "The two dome-like structures on the original HM3 looked like frog's eyes sticking out of water - as frogs enjoy being in water with their eyes exposed to look for prey. So MB&F liked the idea enough that they wanted to make a watch that truly indulged this frog fantasy. The project was much more complicated than simply changing the domes which are used for the time (one for hours, the other for the minutes). The problem was that on the original HM3 the hour dome turned once each 24 hours, but the design of The Frog called for it to turn once each 12 hours. This apparently was cause for lots of movement changes. Plus, the domes are heavier and mounted much differently. The dome "eyes" are under a perfect dome of sapphire crystal in all black and white colors. There is a tear drop shape on the top (inside the crystal) that indicates whether the dome is used for the minutes or hours. The pointed tip of the tear drop indicates where you look to read the minutes or hours."
The weird and imaginative watch is purposefully avant-garde, and for the right person a blast to wear.
Tech specs from MB&F:
Horological Machine No3 Frog
Three-dimensional horological engine designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht/Agenhor;
Girard-Perregaux oscillator and gear
Balance oscillating at 28,800 bph.
22K blued rose gold battle-axe shaped ‘mystery’ automatic winding rotor
Hour and minutes information transmitted via ceramic ball bearings to rotating domes.
Number of jewels: 36 (all functional)
Number of components: 304
Hour and day/night indicator on one dome (aluminium dome rotating in 12 hours)
Minutes on second dome (aluminium dome rotating in 60 minutes)
Date around the movement
Grade 5 titanium/blue 22K gold rotor; limited edition of 12 black titanium/green 22K gold (black treated with mark-resistant silicon oxide)
Dimensions (exclusive of crown and lugs): 47mm x 50mm x 16mm
Number of case components: 53
Domes and both display backs with anti-reflective treatment on both faces.
Domes for indications: in aluminium, 0.58g
Rotating aluminium domes, stationary hands
Strap & Buckle:
Black hand-stitched alligator with 18K white gold & titanium custom designed deployment buckle