Maximilian Busser & Friends

Final Edition of MB&F’s Horological Machine 4

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.

MB&F HM5 On The Road Again – Seventies Retro Inspired Horological Machine 5

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.

Winners of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve 2012 – Weekly Watch Photo

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 introduces HM3 Black Frog Zr exclusively for The Hour Glass

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.

MB&F HM4 Piece Unique for Marcus Watches in London

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.

Experiment ZR012 by C3H5N3O9 a.k.a. MB&F and URWERK

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!

Applied Arts, Mechanical Art and the beauty of mechanical timepieces

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.

MB&F Moonmachine – Max Busser and Stepan Sarpaneva join forces – LIVE photos

This is something that doesn’t happen to often… Two of my favorite watch brands joined forces. Max Busser invited Stepan Sarpaneva to create his version of the MB&F Horological Machine 3 Frog, resulting in the Moonmachine!

Stepan Sarpaneva is well known for his signature moon phase/face. It featured on his Korona K3 Black Moon, can be admired on the Black Moon iPhone App and on several of his newer models like the recent Korona K3 Nothern Stars. And Max Busser is of course well-known for his extraordinary horological machines like the HM2, HM3 and HM4.

Best Watches of 2011

AskMen asked me to write about the Best Watches of 2011. Something I did with pleasure of course! Check out my article at AskMen to see the entire top 10. Here at Monochrome I want to share the photos I made of the number 1 Best Watch of 2011. 

And the winner is… the MB&F Legacy Machine 1. Hands-down, no doubt about it, the most beautiful watch of 2011 and I think one that will remain high on every watch aficionado’s wish list for a long, long time. This time no story, because we already wrote about the Legacy Machine 1 when it was launched and we shared our Swiss contributor Ian’s hands-on experience shortly after. Some photos to enjoy…

Hands on with the MB&F HM4 Razzle Dazzle

A week ago we went to Paris to visit Salon de Belles Montres, a great opportunity for every watch lover/collector to see many of the most beautiful watch brands together in one place. And it was also an excellent opportunity to get some hands-on experience with the new MB&F timepieces.

MB&F’s newest creations are simply gorgeous and we spent some time with MB&F to get a close look at the Legacy Machine 1 and HM4 Razzle Dazzle and Double Trouble. The idea to adorn HM4 with ‘nose art’, rivets and a leather strap made of WWII military pouches, suits perfect and looks superb on this horological piece of art.