They're at it again. The eclectic objects that emerge from the MB&F lab know no boundaries - literally - as the team masterminds yet another mind-boggling invention. In the wake of the first MusicMachine, launched in 2013, this year's surprise is an old-world music box with cylinders integrated into a sleek, intergalactic spaceship with superior amplification.
The passion for sci-fi paraphernalia is obvious in MB&F's MusicMachine2, which is destined, according to its creators, "to boldly go where no music box has gone before".
As most of you know, the F in the MB&F formula stands for "friends" of the watch brand. And in this case, the friends invited on board are REUGE, the premier manufacturer of music boxes on this planet, and JMC Lutherie, which specialises in resonance systems crafted in spruce wood.
OK, you're saying, but what on earth does it do? Contrary to your expectations of a machine produced by a watchmaking firm, this particular object does not tell the time. It's intended to make your time enjoyable, playing sci-fi musical scores from Star Wars and Star Trek and a selection of rock classics by Led Zeppelin, The Clash and, of course, the Rolling Stones.
Thanks to REUGE's 150 years' experience in building music boxes and JMC Lutherie's talent for amplifying sound by harnessing the acoustic properties of 350-year-old spruce wood, the quality of the music is out of this world.
MusicMachine2 is a limited edition of 33 pieces in white and 66 pieces in black. And, as is fairly standard when writing about MB&F's galactic machines, make sure to keep your windows closed when playing the music because lift-off is imminent.