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MB&F meets Boucheron – the JwlryMachine

| By Frank Geelen | 2 min read |

MB&F meets Boucheron. A co-production of the 152-year-old French jewelry house of Boucheron and the young, cutting-edge Swiss creative laboratory whose Horological Machines first invaded our planet five years ago? The result is the JwlryMachine, an astonishing haute-joaillerie version of MB&F’s Horological Machine 3 (HM3).

Ten years ago Max Busser started with the Opus series at Harry Winston, a ground breaking concept that is talk of the town during Baselworld for the past ten year. Five years later Max Busser left what many considered a dream job, as head of Harry Winston Timepieces, in order to set up Maximilian Büsser and Friends.

MB&F creates small series of mechanical sculptures that tell the time and does this in collaboration with talented professionals. And today… he releases the result of another collaboration.

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The JwlryMachine is based on MB&F’s Horological Machine No.3 or in short HM3. When the HM3 was released the watch-making world was astonished, amazed or just fell of their chairs. To learn more about the HM3 you may want to take a look at what our friends at Fratellowatches wrote about the HM3. The new JwlryMachine will again amaze watch aficionados worldwide. You may love it or hate it, but the level of craftsmanship is just mind-boggling.

Under the intricate Boucheron haute joaillerie of this Jwlrymachine beats the heart of the complex 305-component Engine of the MB&F Horological Machine No.3.  Based on this magnificent Horological Machine, Boucheron’s artisans have created a three-dimensional jewelled owl, presented either in 18k white gold, with amethyst, diamonds and blue and violet sapphires, or in 18k red gold, with pink tourmaline, rose quartz, diamonds and pink sapphires.

Here’s a piece of poetry from the press release that I really want to share with you:

“The owl’s eyes are large glowing cabochons, set over the twin cones, and its sparkling wings, wrapped protectively around the precious HM3 engine, are entirely pavé-set with brilliant-cut stones. Its feathered breast is sculpted and engraved from a single block of amethyst or rose quartz. The glowing eyes, sparkling wings and softly gleaming breast create a carefully choreographed play of light. But most mesmerising of all: beneath the owl’s breast, its heart appears to be beating. The visual illusion is created by the faintly perceived swings of MB&F’s solid-gold battle-axe-shaped rotor beneath the translucent stone.”

While the original HM3 was already not for the faint hearted, the JwlryMachine takes it even a step further. At the MB&F Facebook page and website, you can find much more information about this magnificent Horological Haute Joaillerie Machine.

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