You can count on MB&F to always surprise you.
After the zirconium HM5 had done the rounds for a couple of years and focus was back on the Legacy Machines, MB&F (Max Busser & Friends) re-ignited excitement for the HM side again by introducing a brand new material.
Instead of simply applying a PVD or DLC coating to an existing metal, Max and his friends conceived of a material that was light, strong and black all the way through. This mean you would not have ugly wear on the metal over time and the material they call Carbon Macrolon is right out of an automotive super-car fantasy. It is rare you investigate a watch case and the very next thing find yourself exploring nano-tubes, anthracite polymers and other post modern materials as well as next level ideas about how to build a watch from the ground up. This was radical stuff!
The case remains wedge shaped and shows small louvres on the top that certainly incants the super cars of the 1970-80’s in our memories like the Lamborghini Muira or Lotus Esprit in style and shape. These louvres serve a function too, though it is not to eliminate heat. Rather it lets in light to illuminate better the heads up display in which is in the sapphire prisms that flip the numbers toward the driver. It harkens back to the playful Amiga Digitrend in the 1970’s as well with its shape, but with a heart that is pure haute horology.
The idea behind its wedge shape is for one to never have to take one’s eyes off the road or to have to flip the wrist to read the time while driving. In practice I have found it works quite well and the very sharp wedge shape to be much more comfortable then it appears at first site.
The case shows further whimsy with the “exhaust ports” created by famed watch designers, Jean-Francis Mojon and Vincent Boucard to let any water drain out that might get in the louvres…the movement still safe in its own chassis. All the charm and modern feeling of a casquette watch from the 70’s but with the postmodern style, design, charm and materials that can only come from the laboratories of MB&F.
Case: Carbon Wedge with movable louvers
Crystal: smoked sapphire, 20% magnification
Movement: powered by GP sowind movment, 224 components, bi-directional jumping hours and minutes. (set forward or reverse)
Power reserve: 42 hours
MB&F (short for Maximilian Büsser & Friends) is the brainchild of Maximilian Büsser. In 2004, Büsser assembled a crack collective of horological masterminds with the aim to conceive and produce one unique and stunning horological masterpiece per year. With innovative and wonderful designs, MB&F has been astounding the watch world with their futuristic Horological Machines as well as their more traditional, but still unusual, Legacy Machine wristwatches.