I’m visiting the MAD Gallery in Geneva – MB&F’s “concept store ” if you will – to get some hands-on time with their latest creation, the Legacy Machine 2. Of course we already told you about that watch (see here) and now we can show you some great photos and a video of Max Busser explaining all technicalities of the Legacy Machine 2 himself.
Maximilian Busser & Friends
Max Busser and Friends or MB&F have done it again. Their Legacy Machine 1 (LM1) created a true storm in the world of Haute Horlogerie aficionados and sold out within… well, very fast. After four crazy machines (at that time) collectors, aficionados and possibly a new group of clients, were ready for something entirely new and LM1 offered exactly that. A brilliant mix of classic Haute Horlogerie and some daring complications, with a sauce of superb finishing. Today MB&F introduces Legacy Machine 2 (LM2) and it is again nothing short of brilliant.
Earlier this year MB&F introduced the very last of the HM4 (you can read about it here) and now we’re being treated on a revamped version of HM3. While HM4 was extremely limited because of the incredibly complicated movement, or actually the construction to display time, and an even more complicated case, the HM3 isn’t a simple three-hands watch either. The price reflected that difference between HM4 and HM3, and now HM3 get a follow-up that does make a lot of sense in my opinion.
What has been changed? For starters the huge battle axe rotor has been increased. Not sure if a battle ahead requires the increase in size, but it simply looks better and is called ‘MegaWind” – something tat reminds me of the Dutch fantasy comic called Storm, sweet memories. The oversized and rotor with the cool name, is made of a titanium frame with 22k gold winding masses.
I’m positive that you all know MB&F’s Horological Machines. It started with number 1 (of course) and the latest Horological Machine is HM5 , which was introduced in December of last year. This also means it’s time to say goodbye to HM4 and that happens with HM4 Final Edition.
Horological Machine 4, which was introduced in 2010, is my favorite Horological Machine and the black piece unique made for Marcus Watch in London was probably my favorite HM4. Its black color made it even more daring and stealthy. For the HM4 Final Edition, there are just 8 pieces, Max Busser found his inspiration in the F-117Nighthawk Stealth. Read on to find out why.
It’s been just 5 years since MB&F launched its first timepiece, Horological Machine 1 (HM1), and since than we’ve seen new Horological Machines each year, until HM4 Thunderbolt was presented in 2010. In 2011 an entirely new collection, featuring the Legacy Machine 1, saw the light of day. Today MB&F launch their new, fifth, Horological Machine, called HM5 On the Road Again.
Like all Horological Machines its design is FAR from the ordinary and always offers a strong visual analogy with the source of inspiration. HM5 is no different in that perspective, as takes its cues from futuristic-looking icons of the 1970’s.
This year a watch has won two prizes and as far as I could go back in historic results, this is a first. The MB&F Legacy Machine 1 has won both the Best Men’s Watch Prize and the Public Prize! Congratulations from the entire Monochrome team to all winners and double congrats to MB&F!
The “Aiguille d’Or” or “Golden Hand” was won by TAG Heuer’s Mikrgirder and there are more winners in the different categories, which we’ll show you. However first the Weekly Watch Photo, for which we selected a magnificent photo of the (double) award winning Legacy Machine 1, photographed by Kazuyuki Takahashi.
MB&F is about so much more then just a different way to display time. The Horological Machines and the new Legacy Machine are about innovation. Pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, both technical as well as in terms of design.
‘To boldly go where no watchmaker has gone before‘ I once wrote when the MB&F Horological Machine 4 was released. This actually applies to all Horological Machines including the newest version of the HM 3 Frog – we present you the HM3 Black Frog Zr, nicknamed HM3 Poison Dart Frog.
This piece unique will be presented tomorrow at the opening of the ‘Marcus Anniversary Exhibition’ in London, along with several special pieces from other brands. The Marcus Anniversary Exhibition coincides with the London Olympics.
The Olympics are of course a perfectly good reason to visit London, just to witness such a landmark event. And knowing what Marcus has on display during the exhibition and all the ‘Marcus’ limited editions and ‘Marcus’ unique pieces are already enough reason to visit London! On of this unique pieces is this gorgeous HM4 from MB&F.
The cooperation between two of the world’s most innovative watch brands is unique and the result is simply awesome! Whether we call Experiment ZR012 a love baby of MB&F and URWERK or their bastards child, the creation under the name C3H5N3O9 brings together the best of both masterminds of the contemporary watch world.
One plus one is… three. I know, mathematically that isn’t correct. However, a cooperation like this could easily result in something less than the sum, in this case it has lead to something explosive… C3H5N3O9 is not only the name of this horological experiment, it’s also the molecular formula for nitroglycerine!
Have you seen the movie Hugo? The movie is about a boy living in the Parisian train station Gare du Nord, who is intrigued by mechanics, and who finds out more about his family. Seeing all those mechanics, like the huge gears of the station clock, was something that made me thing about the beauty of mechanical art.
As a watch lover I am also very much intrigued by the beauty of mechanical art, usually when it fits in a metal casing that can be strapped around my wrist. Especially brands like MB&F, Vianney Halter and for instance Hautlence (and others of course) really triggered the passion for mechanical art. And now Max Busser has brought it all together in a gallery. The M.A.D. Gallery displays the mechanical art timepieces of MB&F and mechanical art from artist from around the globe.