Le vrai bonheur est d’avoir sa passion pour métier – Making a profession of your passion is true happiness
Yesterday, was the day. The day of Max Busser and of course his friends. The day of the world wide introduction of a new masterpiece. A watch, a technical candy, a piece of artistic craziness. The world saw a watch stepping into the light of day that would most definitely be something special. Why? Because it was a creation born and brought to mother earth by a spaceship. A spaceship called MB&F. Initials that stand for artistic and crazy creations. Timepieces that are all but traditional. Timepieces that shock the world and live only for one purpose: the purpose of embodying passion and fun, combined with quality and crazy innovations.
Max Busser, a man and in my opinion a genius. Not because the fact he creates such extraordinary timepieces – no. Because of the fact this man does what he wants. Max Busser embodies the wisdom each young earthling should have as a life priority. This man, Mr. Busser, does what he wants. He creates timepieces in a way he thinks timepieces should be and does this without any hesitation. Above that all, he works with some of the most genius artists this world knows. He works together with people who understand the definition of ‘difference’ and ‘passion’.
When we travel back in time, 2009 to be precisely, we see the first collaboration between Max Busser and Alain Silberstein. At this moment in time, the first step of creating craziness together with Silberstein was made, the world got introduced to the MB&F HM2.2 ‘Black Box’. A squared watch, or as MB&F requires ‘time machine’. I know that some of you watch enthusiasts out there do not like the MB&F weirdness at all, but me – I really like it. I like the fact that someone in the industry does what he wants and doesn’t follow any guideline except the one that says time is indicated with minutes and hours.
Now, yesterday was the worldwide introduction of a watch that some of the loudest cocks in the industry have already seen – and by cocks, I do not mean anything that has to do with manliness or a certain part of a body – but the mass only knows the MB&F Legacy Machine No.1 since yesterday. No problem, we decided to help you a bit getting to know this watch. The first thing you notice when looking at this Silberstein are the characteristics colours used. Red, blue and yellow are signature colours when it comes to creations from Silberstein. A huge difference compared to the original Legacy Machine is the change that can be found in the form of the Sapphire Balance Wheel bridge. Silberstein thought the original bridges attracted too much attention, whilst the sub dials where very distinctive.
This unique piece of art breathes Silberstein through every fibre. Besides the use of red, blue and yellow, the power reserve is build out of a small three-dimensionally cube, cone and sphere. This redesign of an already great time machine is done very well. The beauty of this whole thing is the fact that there are true artists at work here. This is not your average watchmaker or computer nerd waking up and deciding to do something crazy. A real artist has a certain vision and this particular vision can be found in this Silberstein Legacy Machine. Each change, each shape, all well-thought trough. The fun thing is, I compared MB&F with a spaceship and Mr. Silberstein said the following thing:
“It was a pleasure to work from such a creative timepiece as LM1 because the suspended balance wheel and arched bridge made it feel like working on the set of a science-fiction film”
Now, I bet you don’t laugh at my comparison now do you? This quote resembles the statement I made earlier on in this article. It doesn’t matter how weird something sounds, the comparison with a sci-fi movie or a spaceship are all part of a larger vision. This vision is the map towards the finishing product and internal happiness of the designer. Chapeau.
It became a watch with a lot of different details and design changes. If you like it or not, it is a perfectly balanced harmony of colours and shapes. Silberstein chose to attract external time into this timepiece and did that for instance by creating concave sub dials rather than using the convex sub dials from the original design. This way, time is sucked into the design and put into a more human perspective. Besides that, he chose for red hour hands and much less loud thin blue minute hands. Why? Well, Mr. Silberstein thinks about everything from the beginning to the end. In our think process, we start reading time by reading the hour hand position, thus this hand is more important than the minute hand. You see, it’s rather easy – if you have his explanation as I do.
Putting all these pieces of information together, you get a rather crazy time machine – as we are used to from MB&F. The LM1 Silberstein is a piece one definitely wants in his collection of ‘haute horlogerie’ pieces. Of course, like it or not, that’s a matter of taste. What I want to say is that this timepiece is created out of a clear vision and each aspect is there for a reason. It’s not to be flashy, it’s not to do extraordinary crazy things. There’s a story behind the process of designing and choices made in the design. A resemblance of a creative mind and the work ethics of a pure artist. Like it or not, I kneel down for this sort of creations. It’s much more than meets the eye and much more than the boring old traditions as we know them from the industry. Max Busser, Alain Silberstein, good job boys, good job!