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News: MB&F Horological Machine No. 9 'Flow'. Max Büsser Does it Again, This Time with Aerodynamic Horology.

Conceptualized by Max Büsser and designed by mastermind Eric Giroud comes the new MB&F Horological Machine No. 9 ‘Flow’. The HM9 is the result of a collaboration between Max Büsser and no less than 25 friends including names like Guillaume Thévenin who developed the movement, Camile Fournet who worked on the strap and Jean-François Mojon who collaborated on the precision turning of wheels, pinions and axes, amongst others. Inspired by the aerodynamic principles from the post-war late 40s and 50s and automotive design the new MB&F HM9 ‘Flow’ is literally a timepiece that combines the dynamic profiles of automobiles and the principles of mid-century aviation design.

News: MB&F L'Epée 1839 Grant Clock. A 50-Piece Limited Edition in Three Colors that is Named after a World War II Tank.

MB&F and L’Epée 1839 continue with their partnership and this time unveil another robot clock by the name of Grant. Named after a World War II Tank also known as the Medium Tank, this M3 was a mid-size American tank utilized by the British and nicknamed 'Grant' in honor of Union general Ulysses S. Grant who led the Union Army to defeat the Confederacy and whom became POTUS succeeding Andrew Johnson. And just like that famous American Tank, the new MB&F L'Epée robot clock is an all-terrain machine where Mad Max meets Transformers.

News: MB&F Announces Certified Pre-Owned Sales Program. A Great Move from this Independent Watchmaking Brand.

Today’s announcement is not about a new timepiece, but an exciting new initiative for MB&F. The luxury independent watchmaking brand hasdecided to jump into the least exploited territory of watch sales, the Certified Pre-Owned area where only a few like Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin or Richard Mille have gone into just recently. If Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini offer pre-owned cars under a CPO program, why wouldn't luxury watch brands do it, correct?

Posted on July 6, 2018 and filed under MB&F, News.

News: Presenting the New MB&F Horological Machine No. 7 Aquapod Titanium Green. Hands-on Live Pictures & Pricing.

Joining the MB&F Horological Machine No. 7 Aquapod in titanium and the Aquapod in 18K 5N red gold released last year at the SIHH, comes a new iteration of the craziest and coolest MB&F released to date. The new HM7 Aquapod is also in titanium but this time with a gorgeous bright green bezel. Inspired by a jellyfish and the ocean, the MB&F Horological Machine No. 7 conquers the confines of the ocean and plunges into the water with this new model. Available in a limited edition of 50 pieces in grade 5 titanium with green bezel, this new iteration of the HM7 is simply out of this world. Below you will see the previous models limited to 33 and 66 pieces respectively.

Pre-Baselworld 2018: MB&F L'Epée 1839 The Fifth Element. A Limited Edition of 18 Pieces Each in 3 Different Colors.

First they started with wristwatches: Horological and Legacy Machines. Then they found Reuge and created a series of mechanical music boxes —dubbed MusicMachines— and more recently a musical automaton. With Caran d’Ache, they created a rocket pen and then teamed up with L’Epée 1839 to create an entire range of mechanical clocks. Today, pre-Baselworld 2018, MB&F is presented a new range of machines: a thermometer, a barometer, and a hygrometer —all mechanical of course. And since this is once again a co-creation with L’Epée 1839, there is also a mechanical clock part of this new creation.

Insider: New MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual in Titanium. Hands-on with the New 50-Piece Limited Edition.

Without a doubt, one of the biggest launches of 2015 was when MB&F launched the Legacy Machine Perpetual. Not only the Legacy Machine Perpetual is MB&F's first perpetual calendar but the recipient of the Calendar Prize at the 2016 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève. Today, MB&F presents a new iteration of this incredible watch now in Titanium with a gorgeous blue greenish dial and in a limited edition of only 50 pieces. Developed from scratch with independent Irish watchmaker Stephen McDonnell, this perpetual calendar is very different to conventional ones that rely on modules...

SIHH 2018: MB&F MoonMachine 2 by Sarpaneva. Live Pictures & Pricing.

After the successful release in 2012 of the first MB&F MoonMachine in partnership with Finnish watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva, comes the new MB&F MoonMachine 2. A new watch that adds up to the Performance Art Pieces Collection composed of very limited edition timepieces where MB&F had collaborated with artists they admire including Xia Hang, Alain Silberstein and Black Badger amongst others. The MoonMachine by Finnish watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva was the first of the MB&F Performance Art pieces reinterpreted by a watchmaker and the first to endow a Horological Machine with a new complication.

News: Presenting the MB&F Automatons Kelys & Chirp. A Collaboration with Reuge and Nicolas Court.

The result of a collaboration between Reuge —the mechanical music box and singing birds specialists— and Nicolas Court, one of Switzerland’s most talented automaton experts comes a set of two automatons —a first for MB&F— named ‘Kelys & Chirp’. The first, a walking turtle and the latter his singing bird companion, are both fully mechanical creatures. By pressing Kelys’ tail, this turtle will start to gently walk across the table in an amazingly realistic turtle-like gait. After a few seconds, another surprise is revealed when one of the scales on his back opens up and his friend Chirp pops out, flapping her wings vigorously and singing loudly.

Posted on December 11, 2017 and filed under News, MB&F.

Insider: MB&F Octopod Clock in Collaboration with L'Epée 1839. Hands-on with the 50-Piece Limited Edition in three colors.

Available in three limited editions of 50 pieces each in black PVD, blue PVD, and palladium, the new MB&F Octopod Clock measures 11 inches —28 centimeters— long by 11 inches high while standing and 17.7 inches —45 centimeters— long by 8.6 inches —22 centimeters— high while crouching. Extremely heavy with a total weight of 4.2 kilos —approximately 9.25 pounds—, this collaboration with L'Epée 1839 is the latest addition to the family of clocks released by the brand in the past years.

Insider: MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement. Hands-on with All Four Different Models.

Released a little bit over a week ago, the new MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement is the latest and greatest addition to the Legacy Machines lineup. Available in four versions and in a highly exclusive 18-piece limited edition for each version, this new watch is simply stunning in person. In the new MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement, this feature is not only highlighted, but raised to another level of achievement.

News: MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement. Four Different Models and 18 Pieces Each.

There is one technical constant that defines every single watch in the MB&F Legacy Machine collection. Functions may vary, and different complications come to the fore in each edition, but the suspended balance wheel remains literally and metaphorically above everything else. In the new MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement, this feature is not only highlighted, but raised to another level of achievement.

News: Presenting the MB&F Octopod Clock in Collaboration with L'Epée 1839. A 50-Piece Limited Edition.

After the release of the HM7 Aquapod, MB&F first aquatic wristwatch, the brand dives once again deep into the marine world presenting their latest collaboration with L'Epée 1839 in the form of a table clock. The new MB&F Octopod clock takes its inspiration from the octopus, marine compasses and the bathysphere from the 1989 classic 'The Abyss'.

Insider: MB&F Horological Machine No. 6 HM6 Alien Nation. Hands-on with the Half a Million USD Full Sapphire Unique Piece from MB&F.

Here is the latest and greatest release by MB&F. Created in a series of only four unique pieces the new MB&F Horological Machine No. 6 HM6 Alien Nation is the first watch from this manufacture to be cased in a full sapphire case. While the MB&F HM6 Sapphire Vision —you can read our review here— was already fitted with a top and bottom fully made of sapphire crystal, it didn't have a sapphire caseband like the new HM6 Alien Nation.

MB&F Legacy Machine No. 1 LM1 Final Edition. Hands-on with the First and Last Stainless Steel LM1.

For the very first time and for its final edition, the MB&F Legacy Machine No. 1 LM1 gets a stainless steel case. This Final Edition closes the chapter for the MB&F LM1 which is also available in a 33-piece limited edition in platinum, in a 13-piece limited edition in titanium for the M.A.D Gallery Dubai, in 18K white gold and in 18K red gold. First launched in 2011, the Legacy Machine No. 1 —LM1— is a tribute  to the great innovators of traditional watchmaking...

Baselworld 2017: MB&F Destination Moon Clock by L'Epée. Live Pictures & Pricing.

Continuing with their space and sci-fi creations, MB&F is presenting the new clock in partnership with legendary clock maker L'Epée. The new MB&F Destination Moon with the architecture of L’Epée’s eight-day movement follows the basic engineering of a real spaceship. Power in a rocket comes from its base and the power for Destination Moon comes from the oversized winding crown in its base.

Insider: Presenting the New MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2 Titanium LM2 Ti. Hands-on with the New LM2 with Vivid Blue Greenish Dial.

First launched in 2013, up until now, the MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2 was only available in 18K white gold with dark grey dial, 18K rose gold with silver dial or in a limited edition of 18 pieces in 950 platinum with blue dial —you can see the previous iterations here. Today, we bring you our hands-on review of the new MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2 Titanium with its strikingly beautiful vivid blue greenish dial.

SIHH 2017: New MB&F Horological Machine No. 7 HM7 Aquapod. Hands-on Live Pictures & Pricing.

The new MB&F Horological Machine No. 7 HM7 Aquapod is by far the craziest and coolest MB&F released to date. Inspired by a jellyfish and the ocean, the watch is unlike anything else they have ever released. After pushing the boundaries of horological exploration by blasting into outer space with watches like the HM2, HM3 and the HM6; launching into the sky with the HM4 and powering down the road and around the track with the HM5, HMX and recently with the HM8 Can Am, MB&F now decides to conquer the confines of the ocean and plunges into the water with the new SIHH 2017 Horological Machine No.7 'Aquapod'.

Insider: MB&F Balthazar Table Clock in Collaboration with L'Epée 1839. Hands-on with the Third Robot Clock from this Manufacture.

The third and newest robot table clock in the MB&F line-up is the new Balthazar. First came the Melchior we featured here and earlier this year a small robot-like sibling Sherman as we reviewed it here. The newest member of the MB&F clock family is also a collaboration with. the oldest and most renowned clock maker L'Epée 1839. The new MB&F Balthazar is a sophisticated and imposing high-precision robot clock displaying jumping hours, retrograde seconds and a 35-day power reserve.

Insider: MB&F Horological Machine No. 8 HM8 Can-Am. Hands-on with a Very Impressive Timepiece with a Very Unique Case Construction.

A little bit over a month ago, we brought you the news about the release of the new MB&F HM8 Can-Am. Since we know how much you guys like to read about MB&F timepieces here on WCL, we decided to finally post our hands-on review of this impressive timepiece.

Posted on November 7, 2016 and filed under MB&F.

Insider: MB&F Caran d'Ache Astrograph Pen. Hands-on with the 99-Piece Limited Edition Writing Instrument Shaped Like a Rocket.

As you guys know, MB&F always bring the most creative thinking to watches, clocks, musical boxes and now mechanical pens. MB&F are the makers of all things cool and their newest addition is the rocket-shaped pen designed and manufactured in collaboration with the most reputable Swiss writing instruments maker, Caran d'Ache. Complete with rocket-shaped fuselage, a miniature astronaut, shock-absorbing “switchblade” landing gear and a case designed like a launch pad, the new MB&F Astrograph is nothing short of uber cool.

Posted on November 2, 2016 and filed under MB&F, Fashion & Style.