In the second edition of our bi-weekly news roundup, we check out the new MB&F HM3 Megawind, explore the science being black watches, learn about an indestructible Omega watch and check out previews of two watches that will debut at Basel World 2013.
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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.
MB&F has been playing a major role on the stage of high-end watch making for several years now. However, just like with every blockbuster’s premier, the public’s keen attention is there, but the limelight only shows the final production; and who wouldn’t ever wonder just what’s going on behind the scenes?
Maximilan Büsser is undoubtedly one of the key players in making all this possible by overwhelming retrograde tastes and attitudes towards high-end watch making: first by starting the Opus line at Harry Winston, bringing the staggering and shockingly fresh works of often less publicly known watch makers to the public; and then by creating Machines as daring as any childhood dream with his Friends at his own brand, Max Büsser & Friends (MB&F).
This new watch from MB&F is unique among a unique brand of watches. It is the first ever piece that is meant to be an improvement on an existing model. Not a limited edition or something trying to “step it up a notch,” The HM3 MegaWind is the new generation HM3 that improves on and replaces the first generation Horological Machine No. 3 collection.
Among controversial watch brands there are controversial models. MB&F is no stranger to this. While I personally found a lot to enjoy in the HM4 watch collection it was not everyone’s favorite. Which is less than ironically the case for the HM1, HM2, HM3, and now the HM5.
The M.A.D Gallery in Geneva while existing as the place to go to see the latest pieces from MB&F, is also a place where you can find unique “mechanical art” exhibitions. There is perhaps none more unique than the exhibition by clock-maker, Miki Eleta that was held to coincide with the week of SIHH.
BullToro! The name of a terrible looking watch brand and our new favorite word to say. “BullToro!” We also discuss the new version of the Cartier Crash watches, wearing the MB&F HM5, and more on watch winders (exciting!).
It was not until recently that I was able to even discuss the MB&F HM5 watch (which we debuted here). I encourage you to visit that post to learn more about the HM5′s technical specs and see an aBlogtoWatch video presentation by MB&F discussing the watch. I probably won’t repeat too much of the tech specs in this piece.
Best watches for the zombie apocalypse? We begin to discuss. Also some trouble with ultra expensive mobile phones, and a cool thing from Seiko. Listen to the HourTime Show watch podcast episode 124 here. Download the MP3.
Say hello to the MB&F HM5 watch. The 5th model in the Horological Machine family comes about two years after the release of the MB&F HM4 (hands-on here), and is actually the high-end boutique watch brand’s most affordable watch ever.
Marc Newson offers a rare interview discussing his career designing watches with Dezeen. In the video Newson offers some interesting details that many people might not be aware of. Newson started to design watches and clocks back in the 1980s.
DISCLAIMER: Contrary to the name of this MB&F timepiece, making skin contact with it will not result in you being poisoned with deadly venom. That is what would happen if you started handling actual poison dart frogs (though I believe you would have to bite into a few of the safer ones to get poisoned). [...]
While it isn’t always the case that competing watch brands are friendly with one another, it most certainly is the case with high-end independent brands MB&F and Urwerk. The two brands share a deep respect for one another, as well as friendship, despite the fact that their products are thematically similar, priced in the same [...]
On May 30th, 2012 Christie’s auction house in Hong Kong was host to the latest installment in their “Important Watches” auction series (which included a ton of watches). While this auction featured much of the normal fare from Panerai and Rolex, the main call for interest was an unparallelled representation of the Harry Winston Opus [...]
This is the latest MB&F watch to be produced in cooperation with another watchmaker. Past pieces included this HM2.2 Black Box watch done with French Alain Silberstein. For the HM3 MoonMachine, MB&F selected to work with Finnish Stepan Sarpaneva; his eponymous brand is Sarpaneva. The HM3 MoonMachine is a real hybrid between the design of [...]
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