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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

LM101 PT

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

Like its big brother Legacy Machine No.1 (44mm), LM101 (40mm) is dominated by a suspended “flying” balance wheel, its sedate oscillations drawing the eye ever closer. Two pristine-white subdials are placed underneath: at the top right, hours and minutes are displayed by blued-gold hands, while the 45-hour power reserve indicator is displayed in a smaller, but similar subdial below. In an apparent feat of magic, the domed sapphire crystal protecting the dial appears to be invisible.

 

Turning over, the display back crystal reveals the exquisitely hand-finished movement. Curved plates and bridges designed by award-winning independent watchmaker Kari Voutilainen pay homage to the style found in high quality historic pocket watches.

  • Reference
  • 51.PL.W
  • Limited edition
  • 32/33
  • Case material
  • Platinum 950
  • Case diameter
  • 40mm
  • Case thickness
  • 16mm
  • Caseback
  • Sapphire
  • Water resistance
  • 30 metres
  • Movement
  • Mechanical
  • Winding
  • Manual
  • Power reserve
  • 45 hours
  • Frequency
  • 18,000 v/h (2.5Hz)
  • Components
  • 229
  • Dial color
  • Blue
  • Dial material
  • Brass PVD
  • Dial decoration
  • Sunray pattern
  • Functions
  • Hours, minutes and power reserve
  • Bracelet material
  • Alligator leather
  • Buckle type
  • Pin buckle
  • Buckle material
  • Pin buckle

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

HM7 Ti Green

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

After pushing the boundaries of horological exploration by blasting into outer space (HM2, HM3, HM6), launching into the sky (HM4), and powering down the road and around the track (HM5, HMX, HM8), MB&F plunges into the water with Horological Machine No.7, aka HM7 Aquapod. The organic jellyfish-inspired design of HM7 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. While HM7 is not a dive watch but MB&F added one element that all serious aquatic watches possess: a unidirectional rotating bezel in green sapphire. But unlike every other dive watch, Aquapod’s bezel isn’t attached to the case, but floats apart.

  • Reference
  • 70.TGL.B
  • Limited edition
  • 50 pieces
  • Case material
  • Titan Grade 5
  • Case diameter
  • 53.8mm
  • Case thickness
  • 21.3mm
  • Caseback
  • Sapphire
  • Water resistance
  • 50 metres
  • Movement
  • Mechanical, Flying tourbillon
  • Winding
  • Automatic
  • Power reserve
  • 72 hours
  • Frequency
  • 18,000 v/h (2.5Hz)
  • Components
  • 303
  • Dial color
  • Black
  • Dial material
  • Aluminium and titane and superluminova
  • Functions
  • Hours and minutes, unidirectional rotating bezel for elapsed time
  • Bracelet material
  • Rubber
  • Buckle type
  • Folding clasp
  • Buckle material
  • Titanim

HM8 RT

  • 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

LM Perpetual Ti

  • 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
  • 03.TL.G
  • Limited edition
  • 50 pieces
  • Case material
  • Titan Grade 5
  • Case diameter
  • 44mm
  • Case thickness
  • 17.5mm
  • Caseback
  • Sapphire
  • Water resistance
  • 30 metres
  • Movement
  • Mechanical, perpetual calendar
  • Winding
  • Manual
  • Power reserve
  • 72 hours
  • Frequency
  • 18,000 v/h (2.5Hz)
  • Components
  • 581
  • Dial color
  • green
  • Dial material
  • brass CVD
  • Dial decoration
  • sunray pattern
  • Functions
  • Hours, minutes, date, day, month, leap-year and power reserve
  • Bracelet material
  • Alligator leather
  • Buckle type
  • Folding clasp
  • Buckle material
  • Titanium

LM Split Escapement Red

  • Description
  • Technical Specifications

There is one constant throughout the Legacy Machine collection: functions and complications vary, but the suspended balance wheel remains literally and metaphorically above everything else. With the LM Split Escapement, this feature is raised to another level.

Just below the domed crystal, the balance of LM SE beats at a sedate, traditional 2.5Hz… What is rather less traditional is its construction: the balance seems to oscillate on its own, without any visible intake of energy. The essential remaining parts of the escapement – anchor and escape wheel – are concealed on the opposite side of the movement, almost 12 mm below

Under the balance, the triple-dial design gives the time at 12 o’clock, the power reserve at 4 o’clock and the date at 8 o’clock – quickly and easily adjustable thanks to a lateral push-button.

Last but not least, LM Split Escapement celebrates the “frosted” finish that is so closely associated with antique pocket watches – a technique executed completely by hand.

  • Reference
  • 03.WL.FR
  • Limited edition
  • 18 pieces
  • Case material
  • 18k white gold
  • Case diameter
  • 44mm
  • Case thickness
  • 17.5mm
  • Caseback
  • Sapphire
  • Water resistance
  • 30 metres
  • Movement
  • Mechanical with split escapement
  • Winding
  • Manual
  • Power reserve
  • 72 hours
  • Frequency
  • 18,000 v/h (2.5Hz)
  • Components
  • 314
  • Dial color
  • rose
  • Dial material
  • red gold
  • Dial decoration
  • frosted
  • Functions
  • Hours, minutes, date and power reserve
  • Bracelet material
  • Alligator leather
  • Buckle type
  • Folding clasp
  • Buckle material
  • white gold and titanium

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