The Thunderbolt watch from MB&F was inspired by the maker’s model airplanes which he built growing up. It takes its complicated machinations (all of which are uniquely milled for this piece), encases them in the gradually arcing lines of a bomber engine housing, and then names the whole thing, officially, the Horological Machine No. 4. Feels like something out of “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” but with less blue screen.
So why would you buy this thing? Does it even tell time? Of course it can. It’s not a particularly easy face to read as it is situated miniaturely on the inward facing edge of what would normally be the entire watch face but what is now a faux engine. It’s constructed largely of titanium – the case, regulator, and even screws are made of it. None of that puts it quite so well as it is put on the manufacturer’s website, though.
The Thunderbolt’s engine is the culmination of three long years of development. Each of the 300-plus components – including the regulator and even the screws – was developed specifically for this anarchistic calibre.