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MB&F MusicMachine 3 Swiss Music Box Looks Like A Star Wars TIE Fighter

MB&F MusicMachine 3 Swiss Music Box Looks Like A Star Wars TIE Fighter Luxury Items

MB&F should probably just become an official Star Trek and Star Wars universe licensee, given all the science fiction related items the brand is selling (especially in terms of those character universes). For its third MusicMachine music box created in collaboration with the music box maker Reuge, MB&F produces a musical TIE Fighter craft for your desk. Does this high-end Swiss artistic music box play the Star Wars theme? You bet your ass it does.

The MB&F MusicMachine 3 (now known as MM3) doesn’t play any full songs, but it does play snippets from the Star Wars theme, Mission Impossible theme, James Bond theme, The Godfather theme, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, and The Persuaders. These tunes are each played on one of two rollers-with-pins-style music box systems. So while the entire device looks very modern, at its heart, this music box uses age-old technology. Welcome to watch making country at its best (even though this isn’t a watch).

MB&F MusicMachine 3 Swiss Music Box Looks Like A Star Wars TIE Fighter Luxury Items

MB&F MusicMachine 3 Swiss Music Box Looks Like A Star Wars TIE Fighter Luxury Items

From a structural perspective, the MB&F MM3 TIE Fighter basically has two music boxes in one. Each roller bar has its own main spring and winding system. The entire MB&F MM3 sits on a 350-year-old wooden “resonance base” which is designed to amplify the sound so that you can smile with glee each time your Empire fighter spaceship plays the theme of The Godfather in your office when you are trying to impress guests.

Weighing about 6 kilograms, and about 400mm long by 340mm wide (and 280mm high), the MB&F MusicMachine 3 is produced from mostly aluminum with bits of steel and brass in the mechanical elements. There will be three limited edition versions of the MB&F MM3, each having a different colored “hull” section which is either lacquered black or white, or “chrome finished.”

MB&F MusicMachine 3 Swiss Music Box Looks Like A Star Wars TIE Fighter Luxury Items

MB&F MusicMachine 3 Swiss Music Box Looks Like A Star Wars TIE Fighter Luxury Items

MB&F began its relationship with Reuge, branching out from producing simply timepieces, back in 2013 when they released the original MB&F MusicMachine (hands-on here). In 2014, MB&F and Reuge debuted the MusicMachine 2 that looked like the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek. It is only fitting that the MB&F MusicMachine 3 pay strict homage to Star Wars, as well as a fighter craft – something that MB&F founder Max Busser is very much into. MB&F has done very well with its non-watch products because they are cool, make amazing gifts, are very limited in their production, and even though they are expensive, they are still less expensive than MB&F timepieces.

The MB&F MusicMachine 3 (MM3) produced by Reuge will be limited to 99 pieces with 33 pieces in white, 33 pieces in black, and 33 pieces in chrome. Price for each is 17,500 Swiss Francs.

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Fueled by an unshakable love for horology and a general curiosity for intricate things, Ariel Adams founded aBlogtoWatch in 2007 as a means of sharing his passion. Since then, ABTW has become the highest trafficked blog on luxury timepieces, and Ariel has become a contributor to other online publications such as Forbes, Departures and Tech Crunch, to name just a few. His conversational writing style and inclusive attitude brings a wider appreciation for watches the world over, and that's just the way he likes it.

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  • DeltronZero

    why can’t these things ever play anything cool like the Sanford and Son intro

  • Hacker4748

    A TIE Advanced, actually.

  • Liz Guy


  • iamcalledryan

    As someone who used to pass through Zurich airport regularly, I am no stranger to Reuge and spent many an moment considering buying one of their beautiful music boxes. Sadly my budget and boarding time never gave me the space. All I can say is, this is by far the coolest “box” that I have seen a Reuge in and by far the coolest tunes. Bravo to MB&F for being so playful 10 years on.

  • IanE

    They are having a laugh now. This is just mechanical craftsmanship’s reductio ad absurdum. It is prostitution of their talents – I despair.

  • Jimxxx
  • iamcalledryan

    Jimxxx Yikes, that’s a shame as I have appreciated some of their recent offerings – but I haven’t bought and I guess that is part of the problem…

  • BrJean

    Well, this thing doesn’t even tells time, (even Apple Watch sometimes does it I believe)? Then why it’s covered on ABTW? I understand that MB&F is a watchmaking brand in the first place but not everything they made is a watch. Cartier for example is mostly known for its jewelry but here we’re interested only in timepieces.
    Don’t get me wrong, this Machine is really cool but it seems unrelated to this site.

  • BrJean

    Jimxxx Oh, that’s really bad tidings! ML is one of my favorite brands…

  • shinytoys

    So much negatively on this site of late. What is going on with that?

  • Karan Castelino


  • thornwood36

    Let me just balance things up by saying what a wonderful piece of mechanics and design A joy to watch and listen to.

  • DG Cayse

    DeltronZero “You big dummy !”

  • DG Cayse

    Whimsical, expensive and a lot of fun for a while. A delicate and beautiful toy.

    ( And yes, I am referring to the music box….;) )

  • spiceballs

    Good to see that the old music box art is still alive and thriving –  even in galaxies far far away – – –

  • Surprisingly good sound (at least in the video) considering they don’t appear to have much of a resonance cavity.

  • thornwood36 Really, even though you can see (in the 3rd photo) that the screws don’t line up, ha ha.

  • BrJean Well I’m glad they covered it. 1) It’s from a watch brand 2) Music boxes use similar time regulation and mechanical power delivery system as do mechanical watches – so I find it interesting for the same reasons that I do an MB&F watch. Cheers.

  • DeltronZero Or if they want to stay with a future/space theme, how about the theme from The Jetsons?

  • DeltronZero

    MarkCarson DeltronZero only if there’s a toy monkey doing the cymbal parts

  • DeltronZero Here is a video I shot for friend who deals in antique toy. It has your required monkey playing the cymbals.

  • thornwood36

    MarkCarson thornwood36

    They were considered : ) but as they are flat on the piece and didn’t stand out , i let them off : )

  • I_G

    shinytoys I blame the Apple Watch!

  • I_G shinytoys And Hublot – they always inspire lot of “negative love”, ha ha ha.

  • Ulysses31

    This is the best-looking thing they’ve made.  Plenty of symmetry, and beautiful “wings” that resemble those of a dragonfly in terms of the cellular structure.  To think, it could be in my home for the princely sum of 17 thousand francs (or a few hundred dollars worth of burglars tools…).

  • Ulysses31 I find it mildly disturbing that a Brit thinks burglar tools are purchased in dollars for the job of stealing from the Swiss. Ha ha ha.

  • Ulysses31

    MarkCarson Ulysses31 I find myself adapting my writing and idioms to the most likely audience to ease understanding.  With the diversity of people and their origins on the Internet I can get a bit muddled lol.  I also tend to mirror someone’s accent when i’m talking to them, subtly of course, unless it’s foreign – that would just sound hilarious.

  • Ulysses31 MarkCarson And here I thought you were implying that the best burglars come from the U.S. – we all know they come from the Shire, ha ha.

  • Gauche…