The Horological Machine No.5 is a watch from Max Büsser & Friends that looks just stunning and houses a fascinating mechanism. Red gold now is its new case material… Breathtaking!
When invented and developed in 2012 the futuristic Amida Digitrend watch of the 1970s as well as super-cars of that era inspired the MB&F Horological Machine No.5.
Its Functions were jumping hours and minutes which are reflected 90° from disks on top of the movement by a sapphire crystal prism that also magnifies the indications 20 %.
Jean-François Mojon and Vincent Boucard of Chronode developed the Engine. It was powered by a Sowind gear train, housed in a water resistant, stainless steel inner container.
In 2013 almost nothing has changed, just the material of the outer and the inner case…
The hour and minute displays of the Horological Machine No.5 RT look straightforward, but they are bi-directional jumping hours with indications inversed, reflected 90° and magnified 20 %.
The Horological Machine No.5 RT has a futuristic case design, but it’s from the 1970s.
Horological Machine No.5 RT has a mechanical movement, but inspired by an era when quartz was King.
The rear louvres on supercars block light, but on Horological Machine No.5 RT they let light in.
Befitting its automotive heritage, Horological Machine No.5 RT has exhaust pipes, but they drain water.
The gold endowing the new Horological Machine No.5 RT case with such a rich lustrous glow was found on earth, but was actually created billions of years ago in deep space.
The Horological Machine No.5 is now back ‘On the Road Again’ with a new ‘RT’ limited edition in red gold. After the original Horological Machine No.5 in zirconium from 2012 why is MB&F crafting another 66 pieces in gold?
Here are the answers as passed on directly by MB&F today:
- Gold is highly resistant to corrosion; it conducts heat or electricity and reflects infrared radiation.
- Gold is highly malleable: a single gram can be beaten into a sheet of one square meter.
- Gold is precious: all the gold ever mined in human history would fit in a cube just 21 meters on each side…
But let’s get to the point: the real reason we’re crafting this edition in red gold is… because we think it looks damn beautiful!
So the new Horological Machine No.5 RT retains all the key features of Horological Machine No.5:
- a hand-finished automatic movement with bi-directional jumping hours;
- a vertical time display reflected and magnified by a sapphire crystal optical prism; ‘light convector’ flaps which allow to charge the Super-LumiNova hour and minute discs;
- to compensate for the higher weight of the external red gold case, MB&F has modified the inner protective compartment from stainless steel to titanium.
This is a MB&F video from 2012 showing the watch in a zirconium case …
This is the huge team behind the watch …
First there is Max!
… and then there are his friends …
Max Büsser & Friends are:
Concept: Maximilian Büsser / MB&F Product design: Eric Giroud / Eric Giroud Design Studio Development and production management: Serge Kriknoff / MB&F R&D: Guillaume Thévenin / MB&F Movement development: Jean-François Mojon and Vincent Boucard / Chronode Movement base: Stefano Macaluso, Raphael Ackermann / Sowind and Denis Villars / Cendres + Métaux Galétan SA Additional module: Benjamin Signoud / AMECAP Steel movement parts: Alain Pellet / Elefil Wheels: Jean-Marc Naval / Rouages SA Hand-finishing of movement components: Jacques-Adrien Rochat and Denis Garcia / C-L Rochat Movement assemblage: Didier Dumas, Georges Veisy, Anne Guiter and Bertrand Sagorin-Querol / MB&F Case and buckle construction and production: Dominique Mainier and Bertrand Jeunet / G&F Châtelain Specific crown of the louvre mechanism: Jean-Pierre Cassard / Cheval Frères SA Sapphire glass / Prism: Martin Stettler / Stettler Sapphire AG Hour and minute disks: Jean-Michel Pellaton and Gérard Guerne / Bloesch SA Strap: Thierry Rognon / Valiance Presentation box: Olivier Berthon / ATS Developpment Production logistics: David Lamy / MB&F Marketing & Communication: Charris Yadigaroglou, Virginie Meylan and Eléonor Picciotto / MB&F M.A.D.Gallery: Hervé Estienne / MB&F Sales: Luis André and Patricia Duvillard / MB&F Graphic design: Gérald Moulière and Anthony Franklin / BaseGVA Product photography: Maarten van der Ende Portrait photography: Régis Golay / Federal Website: Stéphane Balet and Guillaume Schmitz / Sumo Interactive Film: Marc-André Deschoux / MADinSwitzerland Texts: Ian Skellern and Steven Rogers / underthedial