Organized in 2005 by the Association Monégasque Contre les Myopathies under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Only Watch is a biennial auction specializing in one-of-a-kind timepieces. Taking place in Geneva on 6th November, the 2021 edition of the auction will be supported by MB&F. The Swiss luxury watchmaker has transformed its Horological Machine No10 – aka HM10 Bulldog – into a panda bear. The one-off HM10 Panda is inspired by an HM4 watch created in collaboration with Chinese artist Huang Hankang for the fourth edition of Only Watch in 2011. The timepiece featured a miniature panda bear flying atop an HM4 jet.
The base of the new unique timepiece for Only Watch is Horological Machine N°10 with its rounded body. The top section of the case is painted in black and white lacquer to mimic the animal’s coloring. To accommodate the lacquer, the top section of the standard HM10 titanium case had to be specially crafted in stainless steel. Other unique features include two black titanium panda ears, added atop the sapphire crystal dome, and a rather cute ceramic tail crafted from machined Grade 5 silicon nitride.
Two black aluminum time-display domes serve as the panda’s eyes. Other panda bear features include flexible “legs” that wrap around the wrist and the teeth that act as the power reserve indicator. A fully closed mouth tells you that the Panda is wound down and ready for a nap, but the rows of shining teeth lining the jaws indicates that it is charged up with 45 hours of mainspring. This three-dimensional power-reserve indication has been carefully designed and calibrated to use the least energy possible, allowing the timepiece to direct its considerable mainspring torque solely towards its suspended balance and its revolving hour and minute domes.
Measuring 45mm across, 54mm from nose to tail, and with a maximum height of 24mm, the HM10 Panda is easy to wear. Its sprung strap attachment “legs” allow the body to fit closely around the wrist, with a strap that is black on one side and white on the other. This unique piece is powered by the manual-winding engine of the HM10 that was designed and developed in-house.
The HM10 Panda is being offered together with unique works of art by multidisciplinary designer Lee Yuen-Rapati – famous in the watchmaking world as @OneHourWatch on Instagram – who has created a series of illustrations inspired by the HM10 Panda for the auction.