Watches inspired by cars are ten a penny nowadays; simply stick a tachymeter on whatever generic case you have lying around and you have yourself a racing watch. Few and far-between are the timepieces that actually have more petrol-headed synergy than that. Even then, you’d be hard-pressed to find something quite like MHD.
The reasoning is simple: rather than being designed by a watchmaker with an eye for an engine, MHD watches are created by a true automotive designer. If you’ve ever appreciated the curves of the Morgan Aeromax, you’ve seen Matthew Humphries’ work.
The best example of Humphries’ ethos is the MHD AGT Automatic. Like an engine supported in a chassis, the main body of the watch is surrounded by a stainless steel exoskeleton, which defines its retro, lozenge-shaped silhouette.
To keep things lightweight, the sides of the exoskeleton are open to give an unobstructed view of the timekeeper which has, in true automotive style, has knurling akin to a classic dashboard. It’s an oddly appealing mix of contemporary style with a more traditional finish.
The knurling though is about all that’s classical about the AGT Automatic. The dial is pure minimalism, with speedometer-inspired indexes and a subtle tachymeter tucked right up against the inner edge of the case.
The AGT Automatic is available in two variations, either with a black dial and matching perforated racing strap or a silver dial with a steel bracelet. We’d opt for the latter; it’s hard to get more retro than silver on silver – or more industrial.
Inside is an engine that’s been round the block a fair few times, the Japanese Miyota 9015 automatic. It’s accurate, reliable and what it lacks in finishing it more than makes up for in accessibility. Despite the intense level of design that’s been lavished upon it, the AGT Automatic will set you back just £545.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: MHD AGT Automatic
Case/Dial: 42mm diameter x 50mm height x 12.5mm thickness, stainless steel
Water Resistance: 50m
Movement: Calibre Miyota 9015, automatic, 24 jewel
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power Reserve: 42h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Strap: Black/brown leather or stainless bracelet
Price: £545 GBP, limited to 100 watches per colourway
More details at MHD Watches.