Although I didn’t attend Baselworld this year I have spoken to many people that did visit the show. Generally, the consensus is that it wasn’t as impressive as previous years. Essentially this is because sales in the industry have declined by a large proportion. However, there are many independent watchmakers that haven’t let this downturn stifle their creativity. A great example is Geneva based Avant-Garde brand MB & F.
Even though MB & F haven’t really produced many new models in recent years they still manage to delight the crowds. Ultimately this is because Maximilian Büsser is probably one of the best salesmen in the business. This is why they have attracted the attention of a lot of loyal collectors. They also have cleverly veered away from just being labelled a watchmaker and have diversified into other areas. Most notably through their chain of eclectic M.A.D Galleries, which showcase a broad range of art and design.
Recently I received a press release from MB & F showcasing another version of the Legacy Machine called the LM1 Silberstein. Even though the Legacy Machine isn’t one of my favourite MB & F models I really like the aesthetic of this particular watch. Essentially this is because French designer Alain Silberstein has injected a bit of delightful eccentricity to the project. In my opinion the Grade 5 titanium piece is more distinctive than the 18K red gold edition. I love the contrast between the matt black dial and Silberstein’s trademark primary colour hands. The specially developed sapphire crystal bridge is also highly effective.
The LM1 Silberstein is available in 3 models and limited to 12 pieces for each version. Prices range from: $83,000 (Grade 5 titanium) – $92,000 (18 karat gold).