MB&F MoonMachine 2 With Stepan Sarpaneva Hands-On

MB&F MoonMachine 2 With Stepan Sarpaneva Hands-On

In 2012, MB&F and Stepan Sarpaneva teamed up on the MB&F MoonMachine. In view of the previous HM3 Frog watch , the primary MoonMachine supplanted the HM3’s unique twisting rotor with Sarpaneva’s famous moon stage show. It was and still is one of the top watches for admirers of the moon stage complication to possess. Shockingly, just 36 pieces were made and only one out of every odd authority could have one. Fortunately, be that as it may, Max Büsser and Stepan Sarpaneva have collaborated again to deliver a continuation. We should investigate the new MB&F MoonMachine 2.

All pictures by Ariel Adams

For fanatics of MB&F, it is promptly clear that the MoonMachine 2 depends on another MB&F watch –the HM8 from 2016 –however with remarkable changes, obviously. The case remains to a great extent unaltered, estimating 49mm across and 51.5mm carry to-haul. Thickness is 19.5mm and it is made out of 59 components altogether. It’s a major watch and it wears enormous on the wrist as well. Also, on the grounds that sapphire gem shapes such an extensive amount the watch –the whole top of the watch is sapphire, mind you –it appears to be considerably bigger than its measurements would suggest.


The MoonMachine 2 will be accessible in three distinctive metals –full titanium, blacked titanium, and red gold with titanium –with minor contrasts between the three. Like the HM8, the MoonMachine 2’s case looks like the move enclosure of a race vehicle, with radiates that appear to secure the sapphire and development within. We had the chance to deal with the full titanium and red gold models and were altogether intrigued by the case development and finishing.

The first thing a great many people would most likely notification is that the particular fight hatchet rotor is no more. In its place rather is a huge PVD-covered open-worked titanium rotor with Sarpaneva’s extraordinary moon face set into it. The moon face is made out of red gold for the red gold and titanium model, and white gold for the full and darkened titanium models.

Like the HM8, time is shown in the MoonMachine 2 on a vertical showcase utilizing an exceptional projection framework. Notwithstanding, in the MoonMachine 2, there is an additional moon show in the middle of the hopping hours and meandering moment shows. Like the time sign, the moon stage is really projected onto the vertical presentation utilizing an uncommonly developed optical crystal. As indicated by MB&F and Stepan Sarpaneva, this is the primary watch on the planet to have a projected moon display.


As you would expect, the moon stage show additionally includes Sarpaneva’s one of a kind moon face. The red gold and titanium models will have red gold moons against an anthracite sky, though the full and darkened titanium models will have white gold moons against a dim blue sky. Strangely, Sarpaneva says these are the littlest moon faces that he has ever constructed and that their creation introduced numerous difficulties to him. Specifically, he makes reference to that the countenances utilized for the moon stage show are slim. The zones around the eyes are simply 0.07mm thick, and since gold is delicate, completing around the eyes was interesting. To give you a thought of exactly that it is so hard to consummate these moons, Sarpaneva uncovered that approximately 8 out of each 10 moon faces are disposed of on the grounds that they couldn’t meet his standards.

In any case, the outcomes are justified, despite all the trouble. The vertical presentation may be somewhat interesting to peruse since the showcase must be appropriately seen at specific points, yet hit the nail on the head and it looks awesome. To help in neatness, the hours and minutes are very amplified by the optical crystal. The moon stage, nonetheless, isn’t amplified as any amplification would make optical twisting the moon face. To address the moon stage, there’s a pusher by the left half of the case.

The development within is a profoundly altered adaptation of a base Girard-Perregaux programmed type with the extra moon stage complication added on by Stepan Sarpaneva. It comprises of 293 components, beats at 4Hz, and has a force hold of 42 hours.

The MoonMachine 2 proceeds with MB&F’s solid convention of blending very good quality complicated watchmaking with lively and one of a kind plans. What’s more, I think what makes the MoonMachine 2 a particularly great piece is that it effectively merges unmistakable elements –the obvious instance of the HM8 and the immediately conspicuous Sarpaneva moon face –from two distinct brands into a solitary watch that doesn’t look disconnected or gracelessly sorted out. The MB&F MoonMachine 2 is offered in full titanium and darkened titanium at 88,000 CHF, and red gold and titanium at 95,000 CHF. Every form is restricted to only 12 pieces. mbandf.com