Sotheby’s, Hong Kong, 7 April 2015
Sold for US$147,200
Few watches epitomise the ethos of Max Busser (and his friends) to create “horological machines” quite so well as the insanely radical HM4 Thunderbolt which manages to look more like a spaceship or a pair of binoculars than a wrist watch – but pulls it off with panache. Marvellously frivolous, less impractical than it looks and a superb feat of micro-engineering, the Thunderbolt first landed in 2010 and has since been available in various, small editions made from different materials.
This as-new example was the 10th of 18 to have been crafted from a combination of rose gold and titanium, and is thought to have been the first of its type to appear at auction. Arguably the best looking of all the Thunderbolt configurations, its collectability was reflected in a selling price which exceeded the high, pre-sale estimate by almost 15 per cent.