Exclusive: MB&F MusicMachine Made With Ruege Plays Star Wars And Star Trek Music

Exclusive: MB&F MusicMachine Made With Ruege Plays Star Wars And Star Trek Music

Exclusive: MB&F MusicMachine Made With Ruege Plays Star Wars And Star Trek Music   luxury items

MB&F releases their first non time-telling creation with the MusicMachine music box style desk piece. Produced in partnership with Reuge, the last high-end music box maker in Switzerland, the MusicMachine is an auditory journey through the inspirations that MB&F founder Max Busser uses when conceiving MB&F watches. It isn't a watch, but rather an item for the desk. The MusicMachine looks a lot like Romain Jerome's Moon Dust DNA Spaceship pen with its "winged stand," but this is something totally different.

A few years ago Busser would have no doubt been hesitant to release a non-watch item. However, with the success of the MB&F MAD Gallery and the sale of other types of mechanical art (in addition to horological machines), I think the limited edition MusicMachine will do quite well. It is much more fun than useful, but then again so are a lot of watches. MB&F quite meaningfully meant for the MusicMachine to look like a space ship, and the music box itself to look like an engine. The main body of the MusicMachine is in either white or black piano lacquered walnut wood. Why? For sound amplification purposes of course.

Exclusive: MB&F MusicMachine Made With Ruege Plays Star Wars And Star Trek Music   luxury items

Exclusive: MB&F MusicMachine Made With Ruege Plays Star Wars And Star Trek Music   luxury items

Propellers on each of the mainspring barrels serve as winding crowns for the music box, also powered by a spring, like a watch. Air regulators to each side spin as the box is activated. The movement's main focal point are the music rollers with pins sitting over the combs which produce the sound. Each MusicMachine will come with pins for six melodies specifically select by Busser himself and are less than ironically selected segments from notable scores in Star Wars and Star Trek, as well as classic rock from John Lennon and Pink Floyd. Just what I always wanted, a totally music box version of Dark Side of the Moon.

Try turning this baby on when someone enters your office and playing a snippet of The Empire Strikes back. Even Darth Vader would be proud. In all its cheesiness, the aesthetic is totally MB&F, and the choice of music makes a lot more sense than Mozart and lullaby tunes on a device such as this. MB&F and Reuge will produce just 66 pieces total of the MusicMachine with 33 pieces in white and 33 pieces in black. Price is about 12,000 Swiss Francs mbandf.com reuge.com

Exclusive: MB&F MusicMachine Made With Ruege Plays Star Wars And Star Trek Music   luxury items

Exclusive: MB&F MusicMachine Made With Ruege Plays Star Wars And Star Trek Music   luxury items

MusicMachine: Technical specifications

MusicMachine is a limited edition of 66 pieces: 33 pieces in white and 33 pieces in black.

Case and frame Main body: Walnut sound amplification chamber; white or black piano lacquered (white lacquer UV resistant)

Outriggers: Bead-blasted and anodised aluminium; black matte-anodised for black version Dimensions: 395mm wide x 475mm long x 165mm high; total weight: 2.97kg Acoustically-enhancing platform: white or black lacquered

Movement and finishing MusicMachine features two 3.72 movements (3 refers to number of melodies on each cylinder; 72 refers to number of notes on each comb); one movement is ‘right’ configured; one movement is ‘left’ configured (they rotate in opposite directions)

Mainplate: nickel-plated brass, decorated with Côtes de Genève. The mainplate holds both movements; each movement includes a mainspring, cylinder, comb and regulator

Mainsprings: Wound via propellers Barrels: Stainless steel; each with 6 heat-blued screws on top; grooved 'piston' sides Regulator: fan in stainless steel

Cylinders: brass Start/stop and continue functions Cylinder supports: Nickel-plated brass One melody = one revolution of the cylinder Three melodies per cylinder Length of each melody: 35 seconds Power reserve per cylinder: 15 minutes Pins hand-applied and hand-polished Length of pins: 1mm; diameter of pins: 0.3mm Pins per right cylinder: 1,279; pins per left cylinder: 1,399

Combs: steel alloy and lead; 72 teeth per comb; each comb attached to brass vibration plate by six heat-blued steel screws

Melodies Right cylinder – extracts from: ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ (1979) by Roger Waters and originally performed by Pink Floyd ‘Smoke on the Water’ (1973) written and originally performed by Deep Purple ‘Imagine’ (1971) written and originally performed by John Lennon Left cylinder – extracts from: ‘Star Wars’ (1977) main title by John Williams ‘Imperial March’ (1980) by John Williams ‘Star Trek’ (1979) main title by Jerry Goldsmith

8 comments
DoMo2117
DoMo2117

Out of this world.  I want to marry Max Busser and make an army of baby genius microengineers.  This guy is a freakin' wizard.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Awesome. Would go great beside my atmos clock on the desk. Who would want Star Trek music though?

Ryan B
Ryan B

It's cool as long as they don't find a way to strap it to the wrist.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

An interesting ornament.  Dust will destroy it soon enough but still, nice to look at even if the plane thing looks a bit silly.

Zeitblom
Zeitblom

I hope a lot of people buy this. Anything that distracts them from making "watches" is to be welcomed.

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  1. [...] ? Watchmatchers MB&F have teamed up with music box makers Reuge to create the extremely limited edition MusicMachine. The left cylinder plays the themes from Star Wars and Star Trek, and the Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back. While the right cylinder plays Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall, Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Waterand John Lennon’s Imagine. They’ve only made 66 of them, so if you have to ask you probably can’t afford it… Via [A blog to watch]. [...]