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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
News: Presenting the New MB&F Horological Machine No. 8 HM8 Can-Am. A Timepiece Like no Other Inspired by Can-Am Car Racing.
Over the last decade, two indelible forms have often marked MB&F’s Horological Machines: the distinctive angular form and optical prism displays of the revisited 1970s Amida watch, which first manifested in the Horological Machine No. 5 HM5 we reviewed here and then on the HMX we featured here; and the now signature “battle-axe” winding rotor, which took center stage on top of the Horological Machine No. 3 HM3, MB&F's most popular model to date.
Last year, we brought you the news regarding the robot-like table clock Melchior by MB&F here and earlier this year the news about its small robot-like sibling Sherman here. Well, just as if those two robot-looking table clocks were not impressive enought, today we present you the newest member of the MB&F L'Epée 1839 clock family. Joining all the other clocks that MB&F had produced in collaboration with 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: Presenting the New MB&F Legacy Machine No.1 LM1 Silberstein. Hands-on with This Very Unique Looking 12-piece Limited Edition.
In 2009, MB&F approached Alain Silberstein to create its very first piece of ‘Performance Art’, the result was the MB&F HM2.2 ‘Black Box’. For this new Performance Art series with Silberstein, the creative minds at MB&F have taken the Legacy Machine No.1 and tweaked it resulting in three watches available in a super exclusive limited edition of 12 pieces each —titanium, black titanium and 18K red gold.
News: Presenting the new MB&F Legacy Machine LM1 M.A.D. Dubai Edition. 13 Pieces in Titanium Exclusively Sold at the M.A.D. Gallery in Dubai.
The concept of Friends is such an integral part of MB&F that it's right there in the name: the “F” in MB&F stands for Friends. And few Friends have been as supportive to the creative horological lab as the Seddiqi family in Dubai. Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons was one of the six core retailers that supported —well before the first watch had been produced— Büsser's vision of a horological laboratory focused on creating kinetic sculptures that give time.
Insider: MB&F Starfleet Machine Black Badger. Hands-on with the Newest Coolest Mechanical Table Clock that Now Also Glows in the Dark.
As part of their recent collaboration with James Thompson a.k.a 'Black Badger', MB&F has just released at Baselworld 2016, a new iteration of their Starfleet Machine launched during Baselworld 2014 and that we reviewed here. This new clock named MB&F Starfleet Machine Black Badger is just like the first Starfleet Machine clock by L'Epée 1839 and MB&F —from an horological and functioning standpoint— but more visually striking thanks to the long lasting luminescent material added for this release.
Baselworld 2016: Presenting the new MB&F HMX Black Badger. Hands-on Review, Live Pictures & Pricing.
Continuing with their interesting collaborations for what they refer to as the 'Performance Art Collection', MB&F released a new HMX —Horological Machine 10— in collaboration with the founder of ‘Black Badger’, James Thompson this Baselworld 2016. Like MB&F, Thompson is a creative mind very well known for his luminescent creations. Thompson mills three-dimensional objects out of blocks of luminous material.