Maximilian Büsser is rapidly becoming one of the most dynamic personalities in the world of horology. Within a relatively short space of time (nine years) he has produced some extraordinary timepieces through his own brand MB & F (Maximilian Büsser and Friends). The company operates in a very similar way to Maîtres du Temps. Essentially MB & F employs a range of renowned watchmakers/designers to work on different projects. For example Stepan Sarpaneva collaborated on the sensational MoonMachine and renowned Chinese artist Xia Hang was commissioned for a special edition of the Legacy Machine N°1 Xia Hang.
A few months ago I was fortunate enough to have an hour-long Skype interview with Maximilian Büsser. At this time he was exceptionally busy and in the process of preparing for the world watch fair at Basel. During our conversation we spoke about numerous topics including some of MB & F’s imminent releases. One of these is a wonderful clock called the Starfleet Machine ‘Light’ Edition, which is designed in partnership with Swiss company L’Epée. This clock has a futuristic appearance and mechanical movement that delivers a 40-day power reserve. I also feel this design could be adapted to produce a wonderful timepiece. Normally on Total Watch Reviews I wouldn’t divert my attention away from wristwatches. However I feel in this instance the eclectic nature of the Starfleet Machine and Musicmachine epitomize what the company is really all about.
One of the other creations Maximilian Büsser informed me about in our discussion was the Legacy Machine 101. This superb timepiece is the latest model in the popular Legacy Machine collection. Dimensionally the watch is smaller than both the Legacy Machine N°1 and N°2 measuring only 40mm x 16mm. These classical proportions have been designed specifically to target the lucrative unisex market. Even though I haven’t personally tested this watch I have reviewed and worn the Legacy Machine N°1. For that reason I feel this more demure version would feel lightweight and sit comfortably on my wrist. Ultimately this is down to the elegant case shape and use of luxurious 18-karat gold in production.
Presently the Legacy Machine 101 is available in two attractive variants. Even though the LM101 RG (18 karat red gold with a silver dial) is very attractive I definitely prefer the LM101 WG model. What makes this timepiece so outstanding is the striking three-dimensional charcoal colour dial encapsulated in domed sapphire crystal. I absolutely love the custom-made 14mm balance wheel, which takes center place on the dial. Other marvelous details include two raised sub counters displaying the time and power reserve indication. Overall the composition is magnificent and the attention to detail is unsurpassed.
MB & F have teamed up with renowned Swiss watchmaker Kari Voutilainen to design the sophisticated engine that powers this creation. This manual winding movement comprises 23-jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour (2.5Hz). Each of the 227 individual components have been finished and decorated by hand honoring the finest 19th century style traditional techniques. Functionally the Legacy Machine 101 features hours, minutes and a power reserve of 45-hours.
The Legacy Machine 101 has a hand stitched alligator strap with matching 18-karat gold tang buckle. Priced for the discerning: CHF 52,000 (approximately $57,892).