MB&F Horological Machine No.9 ‘Flow’

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Maximilian Büsser and Friends, normally shortened down to MB&F, is a Swiss watch brand founded by Maximilian Busser in July 2005 and based in Geneva, Switzerland. After graduating with a master’s degree in micro-technology engineering, Maximilian Büsser’s first employer was Jaeger-LeCoultre where he spent seven years in their senior management team during a period of change and strong growth.

Büsser was appointed managing director of Harry Winston Rare Timepieces in 1998. During his seven years there he transformed the company into a well-respected haute horlogerie brand. Working with talented independent watchmakers on the  revolutionary Opus series of timepieces planted the seed for developing that concept further still.

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In 2005 Büsser resigned from Harry Winston to form MB&F – Maximilian Büsser & Friends—with the ethos of acknowledging the contribution of the individuals who contributed to each project.

A lifetime car aficionado, MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser first channelled the visual cues of the mid 20th century in the 2014 HM6 Space Pirate, particularly in its ‘Streamliner’ SV editions. This year, MB&F goes even further and presents one of its most ambitious designs yet.

Yesterday MB&F released a new machine, the HM9. The new Horological Machine can be described only with superlatives. The HM9 wears the clear signatures of Maximilian Büsser and Friends. Horological Machine N°9 ‘Flow’ debuts in two titanium editions limited to 33 pieces each: – the ‘Air’ edition comes with a dark movement and aviator-style dial; – the ‘Road’ edition has a rose gold plated movement and a classic speedometer-style dial. Below the integral press release.

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The Horological Machines from MB&F, of which this is the ninth, are about the furthest things from conventional watches and watchmaking that you can imagine. In the years since the first Machine came out (HM1 debuted in 2007) the Horological Machines have come in a bewildering variety of shapes and inspirations, from the bulbous convexity of the HM3 ‘Frog’ to the flying saucer-shaped HM7 ‘Aquapod’, to the most recent, automotive-inspired HM8 ‘Can Am’. Each of the Machines is essentially an act of horological deconstruction and recreation – the elements of a traditional wristwatch are re-engineered in order to produce a new kind of time-telling device that also doubles as wrist-wearable art.

Horological Machine No.9 ‘Flow’ is audacious in its design, not simply because of its unconventional form, but because of the extremes to which it takes this form. Mould-breaking, transgressive case shapes are nothing new to the MB&F Horological Machine collection, but HM9 has rejected all limits. Its extreme curves and acute angles required new manufacturing standards and techniques to obtain a complete milled and finished case.

MB&F produces high horological art, but the Machines are also deliberately playful, and intended to evoke a certain kind of nostalgic reverence for a child’s imagination. The newest Horological Machine, the ‘Flow’, celebrates the visual poetry of streamlined cars and aircraft of the 1940s and 1950s, in the days before, as MB&F says, ” … a time well before wind tunnels and CAD software imposed their hard logic and restrained creativity”.

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The general design language of MB&F has reached, over the last 20 years, a certain kind of maturity and there is an assurance in the general variety of forms used in HM9 that will be familiar to long-time observers of MB&F’s work. There has always a bit of a Golden Age Of Sci-Fi vibe to the Horological Machines and HM9 is no different, with its twin lateral pods somewhat evocative (if you’re a Star Wars fan) of the iconic twin-pod Cloud Cars seen zipping around the airborne city of Bespin in The Empire Strikes Back.

Two satin-finished air scoops are mounted alongside the pods containing the oscillating balance wheels, evoking the raised vents that allow continuous airflow to high-performance motor engines.

However, the primary world from which the HM9 draws inspiration is the automotive realm – for scifi fans there may be echoes of Star Wars in HM9, but for automotive enthusiasts, there will also be a strong sense of the inspiration of early attempts at streamlining, such as Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion car (intended to be the ‘ground taxiing’ phase of a land-air vehicle) and more conventional, now-classic automobile’s like Pontiac’s Streamliner, which debuted in 1942.

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You expect any Horological Machine to be, so to speak, symbolically multivalent and HM9 certainly evokes a myriad of designs from both real and fictional worlds, but it’s also one of the most mechanically sophisticated Horological Machines as well. Each of the twin lateral pods houses a separate balance wheel and escapement, while the central pod houses the mainspring barrel, as well as a differential, which averages the rate of the two independent balances and produces a single output for the time display.

In wristwatches, this type of mechanism was first pioneered by Philippe Dufour, in his Duality wristwatch. MB&F first used a variation on the mechanism (in which the tendency of the two balances to cancel out each other’s variations in rate is intended to produce better accuracy) in the Legacy Machine 2, but this is the first time it’s ever been employed in an Horological Machine.

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HM9 will come in two variations – the Air version will have a dark movement and cockpit-instrument styled dial, while the Road version will have a rose gold-plated movement and speedometer-styled dial.

Brand: MB&F
Model: Horological Machine No. 9 “Flow”
Dimensions: 57mm × 47mm × 23mm
Case Material: Grade 5 titanium
Dials: Speedometer style for the Road variant; cockpit instrument style for the Air variant
Lume: UYes
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Hand-stiched brown calf leather strap with folding titanium buckle

The movement:

Functions: Hours and minutes
Winding: Manual
Frequency: 2.5 Hz (18,000 vph)
Jewels: 44
Additional Details: Two independent oscillators, coupled by a differential; hours and minutes on a vertical display

Price: $182,000
Availability: First pieces shipping now
Limited Edition: 33 of each version

Beauty doesn’t comes cheap (sometimes), with a price tag of $182,000, it’s not expensive, but a lót of money! Come into the beautiful and timeless world of MB&F.

 

 

 

 

 

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.