MB&F HM4 Thunderbolt


MB&F, otherwise known as Maximilian Büsser & Friends, or Max to his friends,  specialises in creating android-like, other worldy wrist-mounted contraptions that will have your friends wondering how a miniature space ship came to land on your wrist.  Max Büsser was the man behind the concept of the Opus series at Harry Winston timepieces. An idea that he has carried through into his own company that collaborates with independent watchmakers who like to push the limits of design. The Thunderbolt is Horological Machine number 4 and in that natty way the Swiss have with whipping up acronyms,  is known as HM4. Like all MB&F's creations, don't expect the sort of watch your geography teacher wore and the press release helpfully points out that this watch does actually tell the time and that "legibility is a fringe benefit." Inspired by aviation-design, perhaps the fuselage in particular, the idea came to Max from his childhood days of making model-airplanes. I think we can safely say that Max has moved on from Airfix and UHU to a very sophisticated time contraption finished to perfection as one would expect of an engineering work of this level. Time is read from one dial set into one of the fuselages and the other dial indicates the power reserve. The 'anarchistic calibre' as described by MB&F has 300 components and like all the best boy toys was built from scratch. To see the watch in its full glory visit the website if only just for the music.

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