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After spending decades learning the rules of watchmaking at legacy manufacturers like Jaeger LeCoultre and Harry Winston Rare Timepieces, Maximilian Büsser broke away in 2005 to start his own company.

MB&F (Maximilian Büsser & Friends) is an artistic concept laboratory based on a simple idea: assembling collectives of independent watchmaking professionals to develop radical horological masterpieces.

Eiseman Jewels sat down with Büsser to talk entrepreneurial spirit, high-end horology and what it means to join the MB&F Tribe.

Tell us a little about how MB&F came to be. Was there one pivotal event thatpushed you to start the company? 

For me, MB&F was a life decision, not a business decision. Watchmaking saved my life. It’s given me a purpose and a surrogate family. I did not create MB&F thinking it would flourish. I created it to be proud of something, even if it wasn’t successful. The company started with just me working alone in my flat for two years without a salary, having poured every cent I had into it.

Today, it’s a small manufacturer made up of 23 people. Over the last 12 years, MB&F has been an incredible entrepreneurial and creative adventure. During that time, we have created 14 fully new calibers and changed our industry.  

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For us, watchmaking is an art that demands experimentation and pushes us out of our creative comfort zone. We deconstruct stunning traditional watchmaking and reconstruct it into pieces of kinetic art, which also happen to give time. Giving time is not the purpose — the sculpture and the story that gave it life is.

MB&F is not a company — it is a philosophy. The machines we create are only the result, not the objective.

What is one thing we may not know about you or MB&F?

I was a kid who didn’t fit in, and I suffered a lot because of it. Many years later, I not only discovered that it is OK to not fit in, but I actually made a life out of it. There’s also the fact that we try to help all the artists we curate at our M.A.D. Galleries.

What is one word you would use to describe MB&F’s creations?

Soulful.

How would you describe the difference between the Horological Machines and Legacy Machines?

mb&fThe creative processes behind both lines are totally different. Horological Machines are a free-thinking exploration of my childhood and what made me emotional along my fifty years. They are creatively raw, and come from the gut.

Legacy Machines, on the other hand, derive from a completely intellectual process. They are a tribute to the great master watchmakers who, between 1720 and 1870, created virtually every “complication” we know today. They were the giants, the real icons. With Legacy, I wanted to revisit the elegance and subtlety of their genius with a 3-D, 21st-century twist.

What makes MB&F different from other manufacturers?

I feel like just about everything makes us different, from concept to philosophy to business model. The results are creations like no other.

Any favorite pieces in the current collection?

mb&fAs I create for myself, every piece is my ideal piece — at the time of creation. And then I move on to the next. The next one is always what gives me an adrenaline rush. Watchmaking is a very frustrating world in that every new movement takes between three and four years to come to completion, and so we are working at any given time on four to five completely different concepts and calibers, going from one to another on a daily basis.  

When designing pieces, who do you envision wearing them? Do they have a certain style or life?

I create solely for myself. And more often than not, I am terrified that no one will like, buy, or want to wear what we have spent years and millions of dollars creating! I like to think that anguish is an important part of the creative process. 

When a customer purchases an MB&F machine, they don’t just get a new horological masterpiece — they join a tribe. What is the significance behind MB&F owners joining the Tribe?

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Our creations are extremely polarizing. Over the years, we’ve noticed that our clients all over the world — whatever their culture, language, religion or upbringing — actually resemble each other quite a lot.

By registering their new timepiece on the MB&F website, our clients become part of the Tribe. Not only do they benefit from an extra two-year warranty, but they get all of the insider news we share only with our clients and opportunities to meet up with other Tribe members, if they wish. This includes invitations to our events including Baselworld and Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH).

You can now peruse a stunning selection of MB&F creations at Eiseman Jewels in NorthPark Center in Dallas, the manufacturers’ only Texas retailer.

 

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As part of its Clifton Collection, Baume & Mercier is expanding its offerings with a new series of timepieces, the Clifton Club, for men who want a multipurpose, stylish sports watch. Contemporary, refined and athletic, the Clifton Club boasts a distinctive, elegant design that offers style, functionality and comfort.

Attractive and modern, the Clifton Club was designed for adventure. Water resistant to 100 meters and ideal for watersports and boating, the Clifton Club is the watch you’ll never want to take off.

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Powered by a Swiss-made mechanical self-winding movement with date function, the Clifton Club is available in several elegant and sporty versions:

  • Polished/satin-finished stainless steel case with a black or white dial and the “All Road” calfskin strap
  • Polished/satin-finished stainless steel case with a blue or black dial and a steel bracelet.
  • All-black version with a black dial and a stainless steel case with a black sandblasted ADLC finish.

All the finishes are done by hand in line with the watchmaking traditions of Geneva. The beveled edge is polished and the top is vertically satin-brushed, along with the case band on the all-steel versions. These contrasting polished and satin finishes highlight the elegant bevel that runs around the case. The black version in sand-blasted ADLC steel gives this timepiece a modern matte look.

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With the double finish, polished edges and sand-blasted center, the bezel of the Clifton Club is a standout. The numerals are filled by hand with long-lasting lacquer in orange, or in black for the all-steel and leather versions. A steel ADLC ring is integrated to the black version and a steel/aluminum ring for the blue version.

Baume & Mercier Corporate Gifts

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Baume & Mercier, the seventh-oldest watchmaking house in the world, makes watches to mark memories. It’s the perfect timepiece with which to commemorate your business’s most important moments.

  • Reward your employees for outstanding work or loyalty.
  • Celebrate the retirement of your employees.
  • Motivate your team.
  • Celebrate the signing of an important contract.
  • Thank a client and strengthen customer loyalty.
  • Celebrate a key date in the life of your company.

Baume & Mercier lets you create a personalized watch from more than 20 choices, including model, strap, dial and case back personalization. Even the dial can be personalized with your company’s logo.

Five Reasons to Choose Baume & Mercier for Your Corporate Gifts

  1. Classical, elegant watches with contemporary, timeless design.
  2. Diverse offerings for men and women with Swiss-made quartz and automatic movements.
  3. Quality Swiss-made watches at competitive prices.
  4. Responsive, flexible service adapted to your requests and needs.
  5. 24-month guarantee worldwide.

To browse an exquisite collection of Baume & Mercier timepieces, visit Eiseman at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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In horology, the study of timekeeping, a complication is any feature of a watch other than the simple display of hours and minutes. Complications can display anything from today’s date to the current time in all of the world’s time zones.

Complications are what give timepieces identity in the watchmaking world. They’re the special functions displayed on a watch’s face to enhance or simplify the wearer’s life. They can serve multiple complex functions and may even take years to create.

Here are some of the complications to keep out eye out for when shopping for a timepiece.

Perpetual Calendar

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The perpetual calendar is the most complex type of calendar feature in watchmaking. It’s also one of the most useful complications in all of horology. It displays the day of the month, the day of the week, day, date, month and year in leap year cycle and it only needs to be adjusted once every 100 years. If kept wound, a watch with a perpetual calendar like the Big Pilot’s watch Antoine De Saint Exupery edition, will not require any adjustments until the year 2100 at the earliest.

Tourbillon 

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Tourbillons are the pinnacle of fine watchmaking. The tourbillon (French for “whirlwind”) was created back when wristwatches hadn’t been invented yet and pocket watches were still all the rage. The problem was that these watches spent a lot of time positioned vertically in a gentleman’s pocket or lying horizontally on a table. Being stuck in these positions for long periods decreased the accuracy of the watch, so this rotating cage was invented to keep the escapement in constant motion.

Tourbillons are usually finished by hand and made up of more than 40 parts using lightweight metals like aluminum and titanium. Making them requires a special set of tools, a tremendous amount of skill and a lot of patience — some take up to 18 months to make.

Double Chronograph

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A double chronograph watch displays two stopwatches that can be used at the same time. It has two second hands, one on top of the other. One hand moves continuously while the other one can be stopped, started or reset to zero. The first push releases both hands. While one hand continues registering the time, the other hand can be stopped over and over. A double chronograph also has what’s called a return pusher, which will stop both hands and bring them back to zero. IWC Schaffhausen’s Pilot Antoine De Saint Exupery edition is a great example of a sleek double chronograph timepiece.

Retrograde

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Retrogrades display a factor of time in a ½ circle or ¼ circle action in which the hand cycles back to the starting point rather than making a full rotation of dial. In the Drive De Cartier 2nd time, the retrograde displays the second time zone.

World Time Zone

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In the past, travelers were forced to constantly adjust their watches as they moved from place to place. The World Time Zone feature changed all that. It’s made up of a rotating inner bezel with 24-hour display and an outer bezel listing the major cities in each of the 24 time zones. This complication makes it easy to know what time it is in every part of the world at a glance.

If you’re in search of a luxury timepiece and want more information on the complications that are available, visit the watch experts at Eiseman Jewels. They’ll steer you toward the perfect piece that you’ll be proud to show off for years to come.