MB&F Boucheron JwlryMachine went up for auction

Do you remember the MB&F JwlryMachine we talked about a few years back? An innovative and impressive gold and gem-set precious automatic wristwatch with a three dimensional movement and date, created from 2010. One of them will be on auction April, 6 at Sotheby’s ‘Important Watches’, Hong Kong.

This highly anticipated spring sale is showcasing a wide-ranging selection of stunning wristwatches. Featuring some of the most exceptional pieces made by highly coveted watch manufacturers including an unprecedented complete set of twelve Vacheron Constantin Métiers D’Art- ‘Les Masques’ engraved wristwatches, and an exquisitely crafted Ref. 5077R wristwatch with enamelled koi carps swimming on the dial, cerebrating the auspicious start of the year. The variety guarantees that everyone will have a chance to acquire fine timepieces with timeless elegance.

The JwlryMachine, an astonishing haute-joaillerie version of MB&F’s Horological Machine 3 (HM3), is the result of the collaboration of a long established French jewelry house of Boucheron and the young, cutting-edge Swiss watch manufacturer MB&F. 

Maison Boucheron is most well-known for its poetic designs which are very often inspired by natural elements such as flowers, animals, birds or insects; they are fun and beautiful at the same time. The JwlryMachine is like an MB&F with Boucheron clothing. 

Based on its ever popular model HM3, the case of the pink owl is in 18k pink gold and titanium, but modified with its new avian and feather inspired shape. The eyes at the top of the hour and minute indicator cylinders covered by cabochon rubelite, as well as the breast made of an engraved rose quartz. Underneath the owl’s breast, the swings of the gold rotor provides the illusion of its heart seems to be beating. The glowing eyes, sparkling wings and softly gleaming breast wrapped protectively around the precious HM3 engine pushes the technical and aesthetic limits of horological architecture and design further than even anyone could have imagined.

Swiss MB&F who celebrates the art of the machine combines their technology with French Boucheron who celebrates the art of jewelry. The result is an incredible work of three-dimensional art that will be made to order for those who want to add this stunning luxury to their collection.

Update: Sotheby’s made someone very happy. The watch was estimate 640,000 – 950,000 HKD, and was sold for 1,312,500 HKD (around 145.000 Euro).

You sadly missed it? The JwlryMachine is highly limited and watches will be mostly made to order. Because the watches are made to order, MB&F and Boucheron promise that almost any color the client can imagine will be feasibly available. A few MB&F retailers will carry them, but for the most part the watches will be available through Boucheron boutiques around the world. Come into the beautiful and timeless worlds of MB&F and Boucheron.

MB&F meets Boucheron – the JwlryMachine

What could possibly bring together the 152-year-old House of Boucheron, that most venerable of France’s high-jewellery Houses, and MB&F, the cutting-edge Swiss creative laboratory whose Horological Machines first invaded our planet only a few years ago? The answer is the JwlryMachine, an astonishing haute-joaillerie version of MB&F’s Horological Machine No.3.

Ten years ago Max Busser started with the Opus series at Harry Winston, a ground breaking concept that was the talk of the town during Baselworld for the past ten years. 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.

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.

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.

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. 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 Maison Boucheron haute joaillerie of this Jwlrymachine beats the heart of the complex 305-component Engine of the MB&F Horological Machine No.3. A three-dimensional horological engine designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht/Agenhor, powered by a Sowind base, with a 22k gold battle-axe shaped automatic winding rotor. The hour and minutes information is transmitted via ceramic ball bearings to laser-cut hands.

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.

The owl’s eyes are large glowing cabochons, set over the twin cones that rise majestically from the three-dimensional sculpted case: a dynamic sculpture that also tells the time. While the original HM3 was already not for the faint hearted, the JwlryMachine takes it even a step further.

Because the watches are made to order, MB&F and Boucheron promise that almost any color the client can imagine will be feasibly available. For men I’m imagining a custom model in all black – and grey diamonds – and while with yellow eyes. And what to think about a snow-owl?

The JwlryMachine will be highly limited and watches will be mostly made to order. A few MB&F retailers will carry them, but for the most part the watches will be available through Boucheron boutiques around the world. Prices for the MB&F HM3 JwlryMachine will start at $215,000 and depend on the version as well as exchange rates. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of MB&F.