Cover MB&F HM10 "Panda" (Photo: MB&F)

The MB&F HM10 "Panda" has gone under the hammer for US$679,160 at the Only Watch 2021 charity auction in Geneva

Anything is "paw-sible" at independent watchmaker MB&F, something the brand proved last year when it debuted its weird-but-wonderful Horological Machine No 10.

Nicknamed the "Bulldog", this three-dimensional wristwatch was first thought up six years ago, when MB&F's jet-lagged founder and creative director Maximilian Büsser drove through Tokyo in a dog-tired haze. As he sleepily admired the city’s bright lights and quirky architecture—inspiration struck.

Fast forward to today, and the brand has transformed its Horological Machine No 10 into a panda bear, which has gone under the hammer at Only Watch 2021, a biennial charity auction of luxury timepieces made by the finest watchmakers for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

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This playful watch indicates the time through domed sapphire crystal, under which two cone-shaped orbs with funky numerals act as the panda's eyes. Four sleek-looking lugs are moveable to resemble legs.

Innovative, creative and technically exceptional, this watch is a pièce unique and comes coated in black and white lacquer to mimic the animal’s colouring, in addition to black ears and a tail.

Horological Machine No 10 "Panda" has sold for a bank-busting US$679,160, four times more than its high estimate. It was offered together with unique artworks by multidisciplinary designer Lee Yuen-Rapati (@OneHourWatch) who created a special series of illustrations inspired by the "Panda" for Only Watch 2021.

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