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After 15 years managing prestigious watch brands, Maximilian Büsser resigned from his Managing Director position at Harry Winston in 2005 to create MB&F – Maximilian Büsser & Friends. MB&F is an artistic and micro-engineering laboratory dedicated to designing and crafting small series of radical concept watches by bringing together talented horological professionals that Büsser both respects and enjoys working with. In 2007, MB&F unveiled its first Horological Machine, HM1. HM1’s sculptured, three-dimensional case and beautifully finished engine (movement) set the standard for the idiosyncratic Horological Machines that have followed – all Machines that tell the time, rather than Machines to tell the time. The Horological Machines have explored space (HM2, HM3, HM6), the sky (HM4, HM9), the road (HM5, HMX, HM8) and water (HM7).

In 2011, MB&F launched its round-cased Legacy Machine collection. These more classical pieces – classical for MB&F, that is – pay tribute to nineteenth-century watchmaking excellence by reinterpreting complications from the great horological innovators of yesteryear to create contemporary objets d’art. LM1 and LM2 were followed by LM101, the first MB&F Machine to feature a movement developed entirely in-house. LM Perpetual and LM Split Escapement broadened the collection further. MB&F generally alternates between launching contemporary, resolutely unconventional Horological Machines and historically inspired Legacy Machines.

As the F stands for Friends, it was only natural for MB&F to develop collaborations with artists, watchmakers, designers and manufacturers they admire. This brought about two new categories: Performance Art and Co-creations. While Performance Art pieces are MB&F machines revisited by external creative talent, Co-creations are not wristwatches but other types of machines, engineered and crafted by unique Swiss Manufactures from MB&F ideas and designs. Many of these Co-creations, such as the clocks created with L’Epée 1839, tell the time while collaborations with Reuge and Caran d’Ache generated other forms of mechanical art.

Some timepieces to
discover

MB&F – LM SEQUENTIAL EVO

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

Conceived by one of the very earliest MB&F collaborators and Friends, Stephen McDonnell, LM Sequential
EVO explodes the current limits of what we thought chronographs could do. Just like the 2015 Legacy Machine Perpetual, the last major Stephen McDonnell movement for MB&F, LM Sequential EVO involved a back-to-the-drawingboard approach towards our most basic assumptions on chronograph construction.

The dial plate of LM Sequential EVO, available in atomic orange or coal black, features two chronograph displays. One has its seconds display at 9 o’clock and minutes display at 11 o’clock. The other has its seconds display at 3 o’clock and minutes display at 1 o’clock. Each of these chronograph displays can be started, stopped, and reset completely independently of each other, using the start/ stop and reset pushers on their respective sides of the case.These make up the four chronograph pushers you would
usually associate with having two chronograph mechanisms in one watch. However, there is a fifth pusher, located at the 9 o’clock position: the “Twinverter”. This pusher is the secret that elevates the functionality of the LM Sequential EVO beyond any existing chronograph wristwatch. It controls both chronograph systems, operating as a binary switch that inverts the current start/stop status of each chronograph. This means that if both chronograph displays happen to be stopped (at zero position or otherwise), pressing the Twinverter will cause both of them to start simultaneously. If they are both running, the Twinverter makes them stop. If one is running and the other is stopped, the Twinverter stops the one that is running and starts the one that is stopped.

  • Reference
  • 09.ZR.OR
  • Case material
  • Zirconium
  • Case diameter
  • 44 mm
  • Case thickness
  • 18,2 mm
  • Caseback
  • sapphire glass
  • Water resistance
  • 80 ATM
  • Movement
  • in-house
  • Winding
  • manual
  • Power reserve
  • 3 days
  • Frequency
  • 21 600 vibrations per hour
  • Components
  • 585
  • Dial color
  • orange
  • Dial decoration
  • sunray
  • Functions
  • Time display (hours/minutes) at 6 o’clock. Left chronograph : seconds displayed at 9 o’clock and minutes at 11 o’clock; start/stop pusher at 10 o’clock and reset at 8 o’clock. Right chronograph : seconds displayed at 3 o’clock and minutes at 1 o’clock; start/stop pusher at 2 o’clock and reset
    at 4 o’clock. Twinverter pusher at 9 o’clock: binary switch that inverts the current start/stop status of both chronographs. Power reserve indication at the back of the movement
  • Bracelet material
  • rubber
  • Buckle type
  • Folding Clasp
  • Buckle material
  • zirconium
  • Retail Price
  • 201 600 € including 20% VAT

MB&F HM9 SV

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

In the late 1940s and 1950s, aerodynamic principles were just beginning to take root in automotive design. Curvilinear forms became more prominent, carrying the immediate promise of power and speed – but designers were guided more by their aesthetic sense than by any scientific precepts. Inspired by the dynamic profiles of automotive and aviation mid-century design, HM9 Flow treads the path first opened by the HM4 Thunderbolt and HM6 Space Pirate, utilising a geometrically complex combination of milled sapphire crystal and titanium case elements. But HM9 goes beyond its predecessors, redefining what was thought to be possible in case design.

Reminiscent of a jet engine, the highly complex case encloses an equally complex manual winding movement, developed fully in house. Twin balance wheels beat independently on each flank of the Machine, while the central body reveals the gearbox of the HM9 engine: a planetary differential that averages the output of both balances to provide one stable reading of the time.

  • Reference
  • 91.SWL.RG
  • Limited edition
  • 5 pieces
  • Case material
  • Sapphire and white gold
  • Case diameter
  • 57x47 mm
  • Case thickness
  • 23 mm
  • Caseback
  • Sapphire glass
  • Water resistance
  • 30 meters
  • Movement
  • Mechanical with planetary differential
  • Winding
  • Manual winding
  • Power reserve
  • 45 hours
  • Frequency
  • 18,000a/h (2.5Hz)
  • Components
  • 301
  • Dial color
  • rose gold
  • Dial decoration
  • Sapphire vision
  • Functions
  • Hours & Minutes
  • Bracelet material
  • alligator
  • Buckle type
  • Folding Clasp
  • Buckle material
  • white gold
  • Retail Price
  • 492 000 € including 20% VAT

MB&F – HM3 Frog X

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

Two globular “eyes” that rotated to give the hours and minutes. A widely grinning “mouth” revealing the occasional bright flicker of the signature MB&F battle-axe rotor as it swept past a date scale. A glistening “skin” of titanium, red gold or exotic zirconium. HM3 Frog may have been small as a specimen of amphibious pondlife, but it was mighty on the wrist as it leapt to iconic status at the crossroads of kinetic art and horology.

Now, 10 years after its debut, HM3 Frog makes its comeback, radiantly exposed in a sapphire crystal case, yet still with a hidden message to be discovered. Presenting Horological Machine N°3 “FrogX”.

  • Reference
  • HM3FROGX
  • Case material
  • Sapphire
  • Case diameter
  • 48,3 mm x 52,7 mm
  • Case thickness
  • 17,5 mm
  • Caseback
  • Sapphire
  • Water resistance
  • 30 meters
  • Movement
  • Three-dimensional horological engine designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht / Agenhor, powered by a Girard-Perregaux base.
  • Winding
  • Self-winding
  • Power reserve
  • 48 hours
  • Frequency
  • 4Hz / 28’800 A/h
  • Components
  • 277
  • Dial material
  • Rotating aluminium domes – 0.58g
  • Functions
  • Hours on one dome (aluminium dome rotating in 12 hours).
    Minutes on second dome (aluminium dome rotating in 60 minutes).
    “Secret message” crown reflects light rays to project the MB&F battle-axe icon
    (Rayform technology
  • Bracelet material
  • Alligator leather strap
  • Buckle type
  • Folding Clasp
  • Buckle material
  • Titanium
  • Retail price
  • 182 400 € including 20% VAT

MB&F HM7 Aquapod PT

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

The organic jellyfish-inspired design of the Horological Machine n°7 Aquapod is counter-balanced by the very mechanical horology within: a central 60-second flying tourbillon tops the concentric vertical movement architecture, with indications radiating out from the centre like ripples in a pond. Like many jellyfish, HM7 glows in the dark: on the hour and minute numerals, around the inside of the movement and along the tentacle-like winding rotor.

The 303-component, 72-hour power reserve HM7 Engine was developed in-house by MB&F. Spherically three-dimensional, all its mechanisms – from the winding rotor at the bottom, to the flying tourbillon on top – rotate concentrically around the centre. The curves of the high-domed sapphire crystal are mirrored in the shape of the time display rings.

  • Reference
  • 70.PLB.B
  • Limited edition
  • 25 pieces
  • Case material
  • Platinum 950
  • Case diameter
  • 53.8mm
  • Case thickness
  • 21.3mm
  • Caseback
  • Sapphire glass
  • Water resistance
  • 50 meters
  • Movement
  • Flying tourbillon conceived and developed in-house.
  • Winding
  • Self-winding
  • Power reserve
  • 72 hours
  • Frequency
  • 18,000a/h (2.5Hz)
  • Components
  • 303
  • Dial color
  • Black
  • Dial material
  • aluminium, titanium and superluminova
  • Functions
  • Hours and minutes displayed by two spherical segment discs.
    Unidirectional rotating bezel for elapsed time.
    Two crowns: winding on left and time-setting on right.
  • Bracelet material
  • rubber
  • Buckle type
  • Folding Clasp
  • Buckle material
  • Platinum 950
  • Retail Price
  • 202 800 € including 20% VAT

MB&F LM Perpetual EVO

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

With Legacy Machine Perpetual, MB&F and independent watchmaker Stephen McDonnell have reinvented one of the most complex traditional watchmaking complications: the perpetual calendar. The result is Legacy Machine Perpetual, featuring a visually stunning in-house movement, developed from the ground up to eliminate the drawbacks of conventional perpetual calendars.

The 581-component, fully integrated and purpose-built movement of Legacy Machine Perpetual has been designed for user-friendly and trouble-free use: thanks to an innovative “mechanical processor” (patent pending), no more skipping dates or jamming gears, and the adjuster pushers automatically deactivate when the calendar changes, so no problems there either.

  • Reference
  • 07.T.GU
  • Case material
  • titanium
  • Case diameter
  • 44mm
  • Case thickness
  • 17.5mm
  • Caseback
  • Sapphire
  • Water resistance
  • 30 meters
  • Movement
  • Mechanical, perpetual calendar
  • Winding
  • Manual
  • Power reserve
  • 72 hours
  • Frequency
  • 18,000 v/h (2.5Hz)
  • Components
  • 581
  • Dial color
  • Black
  • Dial material
  • brass CVD
  • Dial decoration
  • sunray pattern
  • Functions
  • Hours, minutes, date, day, month, leap-year and power reserve
  • Bracelet material
  • rubber strap
  • Buckle type
  • Folding clasp
  • Buckle material
  • Titanium
  • Retail Price
  • 225 600 € including 20% VAT

MB&F LM Thunderdome

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

Presenting the Legacy Machine Thunderdome, jointly signed by Eric Coudray and Kari Voutilainen. Rising above a sea of blue guillochage is a rotating spherical mass of gears, pinions and cages. Somehow, from this chaos of motion, order is extracted. Time is indicated on an inclined dial of stretched lacquer, proving that even the wildest horological whirlwinds can be tamed into the logic of hours and minutes.

The new TriAx mechanism, as showcased in Legacy Machine Thunderdome, fulfils MB&F’s directive to Eric Coudray in spectacular fashion. The triple-axis rotating escapement has a stripped-down construction that transgresses both tradition and modern convention. Instead of the rational (and cumbersome) system that associates one cage with each rotational axis, the TriAx defies logic with a three-axis, twocage configuration that allows for unprecedented visibility of the Thunderdome’s beating, whirling heart.

  • Reference
  • 06.PL.BL
  • Limited edition
  • 33 pieces
  • Case material
  • Platinum 950
  • Case diameter
  • 44 mm
  • Case thickness
  • 22,2 mm
  • Caseback
  • Sapphire glass
  • Water resistance
  • 30 meters
  • Movement
  • Movement developed for MB&F by Eric Coudray and Kari Voutilainen
  • Winding
  • Manual winding
  • Power reserve
  • 45 hours
  • Frequency
  • 21600 v/h (3Hz)
  • Components
  • 413
  • Dial color
  • sky-blue
  • Dial material
  • Guilloché dial
  • Functions
  • Hours and minutes displayed on a 58° vertically tilted dial. Power reserve indicator on the back of the movement
  • Bracelet material
  • Alligator
  • Buckle type
  • Folding Clasp
  • Buckle material
  • Platinum 950
  • Retail Price
  • 357 600 € including 20% VAT

MB&F HM10 Bulldog

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

A rounded, compact body of titanium. Two prominent aluminium time-display “eyes”, rolling at anyone who dares look its way. A collar studded with projections that allow you to wind the mainspring or set the time. Stout but flexible “legs” that wrap firmly around your wrist. Just like the creature for which it is named, there’s more to HM10 “Bulldog” than meets the eye. Its hinged jaws open and shut according to the amount of wind left in its mainspring. If you can clearly see the rows of shining teeth lining the jaws, get ready, because that means “Bulldog” is full of fight, charged up with a 45 hours of mainspring energy.

One final piece of advice for those who come across Horological Machine N°10 “Bulldog” is engraved on its body, like a cautionary message you might find on the collar of a particularly feisty canine. The beast may be intimidating, but it ultimately exists in service of another. People would do well to remember — “Forget the dog, beware of the owner”.

  • Reference
  • 100.TL.BL
  • Case material
  • Titanium Grade 5
  • Case diameter
  • 54 x 45 mm
  • Case thickness
  • 24 mm
  • Water resistance
  • 50 meters
  • Movement
  • Three-dimensional movement with flying balance wheel developed in-house.
  • Winding
  • Manual winding
  • Power reserve
  • 45 hours
  • Frequency
  • 18,000 v/h (2.5Hz)
  • Components
  • 301
  • Functions
  • Hours on left dome (aluminium dome rotating in 12 hours)
    Minutes on right dome (aluminium dome rotating in 60 minutes)
    Power reserve indicated in 3D by the opening and closing of the jaws (end of power reserve = closed jaws).
  • Bracelet material
  • Hand-stitched blue calf-leather
  • Buckle type
  • Velcro system
  • Retail Price
  • 130 800 € including 20% VAT

HM9 Flow Ti – Air edition

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

In the late 1940s and 1950s, aerodynamic principles were just beginning to take root in automotive design. Curvilinear forms became more prominent, carrying the immediate promise of power and speed – but designers were guided more by their aesthetic sense than by any scientific precepts. Inspired by the dynamic profiles of automotive and aviation mid-century design, HM9 Flow treads the path first opened by the HM4 Thunderbolt and HM6 Space Pirate, utilising a geometrically complex combination of milled sapphire crystal and titanium case elements. But HM9 goes beyond its predecessors, redefining what was thought to be possible in case design.

Reminiscent of a jet engine, the highly complex case encloses an equally complex manual winding movement, developed fully in house. Twin balance wheels beat independently on each flank of the Machine, while the central body reveals the gearbox of the HM9 engine: a planetary differential that averages the output of both balances to provide one stable reading of the time.

  • Reference
  • 90.TL.AB
  • Limited edition
  • 33 pieces
  • Case material
  • Titan Grade 5
  • Case diameter
  • 57x47mm
  • Case thickness
  • 23mm
  • Caseback
  • Sapphire
  • Water resistance
  • 30 metres
  • Movement
  • Mechanical with planetary differencial
  • Winding
  • Manual
  • Power reserve
  • 45 hours
  • Frequency
  • 18,000 v/h (2.5Hz)
  • Components
  • 301
  • Dial color
  • Black
  • Dial material
  • aluminium
  • Dial decoration
  • Air edition
  • Functions
  • Hours, minutes
  • Bracelet material
  • veal leather
  • Buckle type
  • Folding clasp
  • Buckle material
  • Titanim
  • Retail Price
  • 222 000 € including 20% VAT

MB&F HM10 Bulldog RG

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

A rounded, compact body of titanium. Two prominent aluminium time-display “eyes”, rolling at anyone who dares look its way. A collar studded with projections that allow you to wind the mainspring or set the time. Stout but flexible “legs” that wrap firmly around your wrist. Just like the creature for which it is named, there’s more to HM10 “Bulldog” than meets the eye. Its hinged jaws open and shut according to the amount of wind left in its mainspring. If you can clearly see the rows of shining teeth lining the jaws, get ready, because that means “Bulldog” is full of fight, charged up with a 45 hours of mainspring energy.

One final piece of advice for those who come across Horological Machine N°10 “Bulldog” is engraved on its body, like a cautionary message you might find on the collar of a particularly feisty canine. The beast may be intimidating, but it ultimately exists in service of another. People would do well to remember — “Forget the dog, beware of the owner”.

  • Reference
  • 100.TL.BL
  • Case material
  • Rose Gold
  • Case diameter
  • 54 x 45 mm
  • Case thickness
  • 24 mm
  • Water resistance
  • 50 meters
  • Movement
  • Three-dimensional movement with flying balance wheel developed in-house.
  • Winding
  • Manual winding
  • Power reserve
  • 45 hours
  • Frequency
  • 18,000 v/h (2.5Hz)
  • Components
  • 301
  • Functions
  • Hours on left dome (aluminium dome rotating in 12 hours)
    Minutes on right dome (aluminium dome rotating in 60 minutes)
    Power reserve indicated in 3D by the opening and closing of the jaws (end of power reserve = closed jaws).
  • Bracelet material
  • Hand-stitched blue calf-leather
  • Buckle type
  • Velcro system
  • Retail Price
  • 156 000 € including 20% VAT

MB&F FlyingT Pavée

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

The story begins (as so many do) with a woman. Legacy Machine FlyingT owes its genesis to founder Maximilian Büsser’s ruminations on the keystone roles that women have played in his life. Launched in the first months of 2019, LM FlyingT manifested a rich and complex femininity, choosing to embody elegance and vitality – a formidable resilience – over the softer conventions of womanhood.

A soaring flying tourbillon projects, column-like, from the dial plate, driven by energy generated by the sun-shaped rotor (power reserve of 100 hours). A diamond flashes atop the upper tourbillon cage. Dynamism and precisely engineered motion characterise LM FlyingT, which debuted in three white gold diamond-set editions. At the foot of the flying tourbillon, located at 7 o’clock, is a dial of white lacquer that displays the hours and minutes with a pair of blue serpentine hands. The dial is inclined at a 50° tilt so that the time can be read only by the wearer; an intimate communication that highlights the personal nature of the LM FlyingT.

  • Reference
  • 05.WSL.S2
  • Case material
  • White Gold 18 carats set with 558 diamonds for 3,5 carats
  • Case diameter
  • 38,5 mm
  • Case thickness
  • 20 mm
  • Caseback
  • Sapphire glass
  • Water resistance
  • 30 meters
  • Movement
  • Flying tourbillon developped in-house.
  • Winding
  • Self-winding
  • Power reserve
  • 100 hours
  • Frequency
  • 18,000 v/h (2.5Hz)
  • Components
  • 280
  • Dial color
  • Black
  • Dial material
  • Diamonds
  • Functions
  • Hours and minutes displayed on a 50° vertically tilted dial with two blued serpentine hands.
    Two crowns: winding on left and time-setting on right
  • Bracelet material
  • Shiny calf skin
  • Buckle type
  • Pin Buckle
  • Buckle material
  • White gold set with diamonds
  • Retail Price
  • 192 000 € including 20% VAT

HM8 can-am

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

Over the last decade, two indelible forms have dominated the main characteristics of an MB&F Horological Machine: the distinctive angular form and optical prism manifested in HM5 and HMX; and the signature battle-axe winding rotor, which took centre stage on top of HM3, MB&F’s most popular model to date. HM8 takes those two idiosyncratic features and infuses them with high-octane Can-Am race car-inspired design. HM8 features a curvaceous yet angular case with dual optical prisms vertically displaying bi-directional jumping hours and minutes, while the distinctive battle-axe winding rotor is visible on top.

But the real star of HM8 is its Can-Am inspired chrome “roll bars” majestically sweeping from the top of the front of the Machine down to the tapered back. HM8’s Engine sits in full view under nearly invisible sapphire crystal engine cover. The open centre of the battle-axe rotor enables appreciation of the circular wave finish on the movement, while the hours and minute indication discs are visible day and night in the corners.

  • Reference
  • 80.RTL.B
  • Case material
  • 18K red gold and titanium
  • Case diameter
  • 49x51.5mm
  • Case thickness
  • 19mm
  • Caseback
  • Sapphire
  • Water resistance
  • 30 metres
  • Movement
  • Mechanical
  • Winding
  • Automatic
  • Power reserve
  • 42 hours
  • Frequency
  • 18,000 v/h (2.5Hz)
  • Components
  • 247
  • Dial material
  • sapphire prism
  • Functions
  • Minutes and bi-directional jumping hours displayed by two optical prisms that both reflect and magnify.
  • Bracelet material
  • Alligator leather
  • Buckle type
  • Folding clasp
  • Buckle material
  • red gold and titanium
  • Retail Price
  • 103 200 € including 20% VAT

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