A Watch Collector Found His ‘Grail’ in the Indie Scene

“Give me something unique, give me something unusual, give me something original,” Paul Blandford said.

LONDON — Paul Blandford may not have been wearing a watch on his wrist during the pandemic lockdowns, but one timepiece did accompany him every day.

“I had this sat in its box and I didn’t even need to put it on my wrist,” the collector said, motioning toward the MB&F HM9 watch, with its aerodynamic, avant-garde design. “It effectively was my desk clock while I was working. What more do you need? This was my pandemic watch — it was awesome.”

His nicknames for the HM9 are “Her Majesty” and his “grail watch” (“I own my

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