Friday, 8 November 2013

#16 With MB&F at Marcus

I've had the greatest pleasure of attending the private MB&F event hosted by Marcus before zooming off to Salon QP. Getting my hands on some of the finest, most unique (or shall I say 'MAD') timepieces was an absolute treat but above all, interacting with the man behind these wonderful creations was what made my day. 

Max Büsser, the owner and the creative director of MB&F is a pioneer who is purely driven by his own beliefs and passion. In the world that we are living in, converting one's dreams into reality comes with a hefty price, if not impossible, but Max has done so with full integrity and this is what I think he should be respected for (I hope I am not sounding too cheesy!). Well, at least for me, the story and the philosophy behind MB&F is what I love about them. What's even better is that, this passion of theirs is very frankly reflected in their unique creations and every piece comes with its own story. 
I wish Max and his friends the best luck in their future endeavors and I am already looking forward to the next surprise!

Max Büsser
"HM3 Frog"
Their latest creation "HM5 On the Road Again", inspired by the 1970s.

Back of the HM5, displaying the 22k gold 'battle axe' rotor

The engine that powers the new "HM5"

MB&F "Legacy Machine 1", which features dual time

"Legacy Machine 2", kindly modeled by Max himself.
All MB&F pieces are fantastic but I must say, the "LM2" is my pick of the bunch - Everything from the aesthetics to the concept just rings my bell. The "LM2" features double balance wheels hovering on top of the movement, which are just hypnotising. This concept of double balance wheels was floated by Breguet, Berthoud and Janvier  around 250 years ago, picked up by Philippe Dufour through the legendary "duality" in recent years and reinvigorated by MB&F.

The general idea behind the double balance wheel mechanism is to take the average of the two balance wheels beating at two different rates, thereby increase accuracy.

Max (left) and Marcus Margulies (Right), the owner of Marcus watches

The featured pieces are available at Marcus' Bond street store.

I would like to thank Max and everyone at Marcus, especially Alex for a truly insightful night!

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