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HM8 debuted a little over a month ago, and, as Stephen wrote then, we had to recalibrate our expectations a bit, because the basic concept as well as a lot of the design cues seemed a little been-there-done-that, thanks to HMX and HM5 (both of which share the disks-and-prism system used by HM8 for a digital/mechanical display of the hours and minutes). However, as usual, the impression the High Quality Replica Watches makes in the metal is rather different from the one you get from the press kit, so we had to recalibrate our expectations yet again – though the basic principle might be the same as in earlier Horological Machines, HM8 really does feel like an entirely different replica watch.
The HM8 Can-Am Replica in red gold really shows the contrast with the titanium roll bars.
Just to review a little from our original coverage, HM8 is a big machine at 49mm x 51.5mm x 19mm. The inward slope of the case along its edges, narrowing from the dial side to the movement side, means the attachment points for the straps are a bit closer to each other than you'd think from the above dimensions though. The lower of the two straps is attached with articulated lugs, which also helps overall wearability. This is one of the few instances I can think of where a bigger case actually improves ergonomics, at least partly: The front-to-back dimensions mean that, for most wrists, the crown is projecting far enough beyond the edge of the ulna that it can be manipulated pretty easily. Unlike HMX and HM5, in which the rotor is on the underside of the replica watches (and therefore invisible when the replica watches are worn) in HM8 the battle axe-shaped rotor – a signature element of the Horological Machines since HM1 – is visible up top, giving HM8 a much more kinetic feel than HM5 or HMX.
HM8 uses the signature "battle axe" rotor of the Horological Machine series.
It's a little disorienting to wear; while a straight-on view at what, in a normal replica watch, we'd call the dial side, does give you the rotor to look at, a lot of the HM8 is best taken in laterally; this is a replica watch that in a certain sense is all about its edges. The time of course is only visible when you look at the replica watch edge-on, and a lot of the design characteristics are better appreciated when viewing the replica watch in profile.