MOONMACHINE - MB&F Maximilian Büsser & Friends

Limited edition of 18 pieces by MB&F

 
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MB&F - MOONMACHINE by Maximilian Büsser & Friends

OVER A VERY LIMITED EDITION LAUNCHED BY "AMAZING" MB&F

The MOONMACHINE

This is the latest MB&F watch to be produced in cooperation with another watchmaker

STEPAN SARPANEVA

Before launching his own brand Sarpaneva Watches in 2003, Stepan Sarpaneva worked with some of the most prestigious Swiss brands including Piaget, Parmigiani: where he worked alongside Kari Voutilainen, Vianney Halter and Christophe Claret.

One of his signature design elements: his iconic moon face.

Stepan Sarpaneva is the first of the MB&F Performance Art pieces by a watchmaker and the first to endow a Machine with a new complication. With MOONMACHINE, Stepan has taken a specially configured HM3 Frog and transformed it with his iconic moon-face moon-phase indicator set in a scintillating firmament of northern stars.

Maximilian Büsser - "Stepan has an incredible sense of design and a real sense of detail. His work and everything he surrounds himself with is extremely coherent."

The Moon: Around 4.5 billion years ago when the young Earth was still forming, Theia, a proto-planet the size of Mars, is thought to have struck our planet and disintegrated in a 'Giant Impact'. Some of the debris was attracted by the Earth's gravity and the rest (consisting of material from both Earth and Theia) went into orbit around the Earth. Within 12 months this orbiting debris coalesced to form the Moon.

Over the next 4.4 billion years, the Earth's tilt in relation to the sun was stabilised by the gravitational pull of the Moon, which provided regular relatively mild seasons over much of the planet's surface, ideal conditions for life to form and evolve.

Without that cataclysmic event, we would not be here. You might say we are all Children of the Moon.

MOONMACHINE was also forged from the creative collision of two worlds: MB&F's HM3 Frog and independent watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva.

To create MOONMACHINE, Stepan has reconfigured HM3 Frog by 90° and added his iconic moon-face moon-phase indicator complication set in a scintillating firmament of northern stars.

The phase of the moon is displayed through a signature Korona-shaped aperture, while the mystery winding rotor takes the form of steel and 22k gold disc with laser-pierced stars forming constellations visible in the northern sky.

The multi-layered northern sky rotor adds a stunning background to the twin hand-finished moon faces. It also both disguises the potentially distracting HM3 gold winding rotor and makes use of its motion to add vivacity to the moving stars. The stars are laser-pierced allowing light to reflect from the movement underneath and are not simply placed at random: They form the seven brightest stars in Ursa Major, more commonly known as the Big Dipper/Big Plough/Big Bear, plus the seven brightest stars of Ursa Minor, more commonly known as the Little Dipper/Little Bear, which includes Polaris, the North star.

Let’s take a special look at this absolutely stunning "Limited edition" high-horology piece from MB&F in cooperation with Stepan Sarpaneva:

TECHNICAL DETAILS of the MOONMACHINE by MB&F

MOONMACHINE is available in three limited editions of 18 pieces each:
Titanium, Black Titanium and Red Gold.

MOVEMENT:
Three-dimensional horological engine designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht/Agenhor
Powered by Girard-Perregaux base and modified by Stepan Sarpaneva
DLC coated and star-pieced steel and 22K Gold automatic winding rotor
Hour and minutes information transmited via ceramis ball bearings to rotating domes
Made of 319 components

JEWELS:
36 Jewels

VIBRATIONS:
28,800 bph

FUNCTIONS:
Hour on one dome - Aluminium dome rotating in 12 hours
Minutes on second dome - Aluminium dome rotating in 60 minutes
Moon phase displayed by dual moons rotating under a Korona ring

CASE:
Indication domes configured perpendicular to wrist
Screwed-down crown
Made of 55 components

SIZE:
47mm x 50mm x 19mm - Exclusive of crown and lugs

Available in three limited editions of 18 pieces each:
Titanium, Black Titanium and Red Gold.

Titanium case with White gold moon faces and light blue sky

Black Titanium case with White gold moon faces and dark blue sky

Red Gold case with red gold moon faces and anthracite sky

GLASS:
Sapphire crystal domes and both display racks with anti-reflective treatment on both faces

DIALS:
Rotating aluminium domes - 0,58g

STRAP:
Black hand-stitched alligator

BUCKLE:
With 18K Gold and Titanium custom designed deployment buckle

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