I’ll start off with the one realization. The MB&F Horological Machine No. 7 (HM7) is in my opinion, and in light of an eye-opening conversation recently, quite possibly the greatest representation of the ideas that drive the effort that is Maximilian Büsser & Friends.
I understand that’s a rather bold statement to make, considering that every timepiece — or kinetic sculpture — that MB&F produce are always nothing short of amazing. But allow me to make my case in two, short, points. We’ll get to the HM7 and its nitty gritty bits then.
Point One: The Past Reflected
The HM7 is a summation of where it all started for MB&F.
Think about the first watch that Max produced under this brand name: the HM1. That watch was, and still is, a triumphant execution of horological art and design.
It is where the language of MB&F took root. Especially their philosophical language that yes, their watches are exactly what they appear to be but the more you interact with them, the more you discover hidden ideas, facets, coded messages and the fine line between madness and genius.
But why are there are these complex dimensions to MB&F’s creations? Here’s how I like to make sense of it: MB&F’s timepieces are always realizations of the ideas of Max (the MB) and the friends who come alongside to help that idea become a reality (the &F). These kinetic sculptures are therefore, in essence, a sort of multiverse where the different universes represented are the ideas and contributions of the different people who come together to create these objects.