In the beginning of 2016, the New York Times sat down with the founder of MB&F, Mr. Maximilian Büsser at his M.A.D. Gallery in Geneva and essentially ran him through a conversation that would have him take stock of his life and what he’s accomplished at MB&F.
From stories of his childhood to tales of the HM1, which in 2005 along with the announcement of MB&F’s founding, he brought to his retailers with nothing more than drawings on paper.
This was just about the time that the Legacy Machine Perpetual was announced, so as he was giving the interview, he had the watch on his wrist. If you know a little about the watch, or the story that Max recounts about it, you’ll know that the gentleman who dreamt up this novel way to create the perpetual calendar movement, Stephen Mcdonnell, was instrumental in saving MB&F during one of its darkest times.
You look at the LM Perpetual and consider where the whole Legacy Machines concept started, that is the Legacy Machine No. 1. Unveiled in 2011, it was MB&F’s first round watch. Why is that ground breaking news? Wristwatches have been round ever since they came into being.
Well, because before the LM1, MB&F had never created a watch that was round. Unless you consider the HM1 maybe? But that’s two conjoined circles. Still not exactly a round watch in the classical sense. To have set out this reputation for outstandingly creative watch shapes — with the HM1, HM2, HM3 and HM4 — it must’ve been quite daunting to announce a watch that goes against this predisposition.