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MB&F founder Max Büsser talks watches, legacy and what person the new LMX timepiece would be
How do you feel the limited edition LMX timepiece best represents the 10th anniversary of the MB&F Legacy Machine?
The idea of LMX is to take the origin of all LM, the LM1, and bring it in to a totally new dimension. We took all that made LM1 incredible, including the 3D power reserve indicator, and put it on steroids. In parallel to the innovative engineering like the new flying balance wheel, seven days power reserve through three barrels, dials at an angle through conical gears and the insane rotating 3D power reserve indicator - the biggest challenge is to create a piece that is seamlessly balanced and beautiful even though very complicated.
What was your inspiration for the first MB&F Legacy Machine?
Originally, it was never supposed to be a new line, or a round timepiece. It started its life as another Horological Machine, a wacky 3D sculpture. I wanted to showcase a balance wheel as the star of the movement and whatever I designed for months and months was just ugly or unwearable. Finally one day in desperation, I sketched a round watch with a “flying balance wheel” and two pocket watch dials hovering on the baseplate. My team thought I was nuts, some were very offended just by the idea of creating a “classic” round watch, so I had to push very hard to get this project through. I think ten years later we can pretty much agree it was not such a bad idea.
What's one thing you'd change about the watchmaking industry?
Today a vast majority of those working in watch brands actually do not love watches or watchmaking. This really has to change or the industry will continue churning out more and more lookalike stuff.
What sparks your creativity?
16 years after having created MB&F I still wonder. At the beginning it was a little like my psychotherapy or autobiography. Now it is probably the unquenchable thirst for getting out of my creative comfort zone and challenging myself.
If the LMX timepiece was a famous person, who would it be and why?
Albert Einstein. As intensely complicated on the inside as he is immediately recognisable on the outside - whilst always retaining a quirky sense of humour. And, of course, Swiss.
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