MB&F LM1 Silberstein – When friends meet and create an exceptional timepiece

MB&F LM1 Silberstein in red gold
MB&F LM1 Silberstein in red gold

You know Max Büsser of course and some of probably also remember Alain Silberstein. The french architect at the time created some real outstanding watches… Discover the new MB&F LM1 Silberstein by dozens of pictures I took…


Alain Silberstein loves geometric forms, colors and Bauhaus Design.

Silberstein’s watches are known for the signature use of three bright primary colours (red, blue, and yellow); three simple geometric shapes (triangle, square/rectangle, and circle or in three dimensions pyramid, cube, and sphere); and sophisticated juxtaposition of materials and finishes. Silberstein was the first to create a watch with a sapphire crystal case, and he was a pioneer in making haute horlogerie playful with his use of bright colours and non-traditional materials.


Architect and Designer Alain Silberstein
Interior Architect and Designer Alain Silberstein


Max Büsser and his Friends stand for exceptional creations.

After 15 years managing prestigious watch brands, Maximilian Büsser resigned from his Managing Director position at Harry Winston in 2005 to create MB&F – Maximilian Büsser & Friends. MB&F is an artistic and micro-engineering laboratory dedicated to designing and crafting small series of radical concept watches by bringing together talented horological professionals that Büsser both respects and enjoys working with.


Maximilian Büsser, founder of MB&F
Maximilian Büsser, founder of MB&F


For this new Performance Art series, Silberstein has taken MB&F‘s classic Legacy Machine N°1 and imbued it with his unique flair for the unconventional. His use of his signature three bright colours and shapes: red, blue and yellow; triangle, rectangle and circle for the hands and dial markers; and three-dimensionally translated as a cone, cube and sphere for the power reserve, catch the eye as they contrast against the more subdued movement plate below.

However, it is the concave curve of the sub-dials that highlights Alain Silberstein‘s philosophical approach most. While the convex sapphire crystal dome and balance bridge offer protection from outside forces, the concave subdials attract and welcome the “eternal time” of the universe into the movement, where it is transformed and displayed as two completely independent time zones.

Naturally, the hands are similarly concave so that they seamlessly complement the curvature of the dials. Even the two crowns are steeped in Silberstein magic: their distinctive six-pointed star shapes formed by overlapping two triangles make winding a tactile pleasure.

Alain Silberstein: “I resonated with LM1 because by highlighting the balance – the mechanism that splits time into miniscule increments – it highlights how man converts eternal time into something he can use. It was a pleasure to work from such a creative timepiece as LM1 because the suspended balance and arched bridge made it feel like working on the set of a science fiction film”.


The MB&F LM1 Silberstein is a limited edition of 3 x 12 pieces in red gold, titanium, or black PVD-treated titanium.


I do have to admit that I really love the work of Max Büsser and I like what Alain Silberstein did at the time. Now seeing an oeuvre being created by these two visionaries for me is thrilling. I took these pictures during Baselworld 2016, but since the embargo was only lifted a couple of days ago, I can only show them to you now.


A little “warning” I took a lot of pictures showing many details of the the three limited editions. So take your time to enjoy my little photographic orgy!


These are three official pictures provided to me by Max …


What you see is a limited editions of 3 x 12 pieces in red gold,


MB&F LM1 Silberstein
MB&F LM1 Silberstein




MB&F LM1 Silberstein
MB&F LM1 Silberstein


and black PVD-treated titanium.


MB&F LM1 Silberstein
MB&F LM1 Silberstein



LM1 Silberstein – Technical Specifications

Limited editions of 3 x 12 pieces in red gold, titanium, or black PVD-treated titanium.


Three-dimensional horological movement developed exclusively for MB&F by Jean-François Mojon/Chronode and Kari Voutilainen

Manual winding with single mainspring barrel

Power reserve: 45 hours

Balance bridge: transparent sapphire crystal

Balance wheel: bespoke 14mm balance wheel with four traditional regulating screws floating above the movement and dials

Balance spring: traditional Breguet overcoil terminating in mobile stud holder

Balance frequency: 18,000 A/h (=2.5Hz)

Number of components: 279

Number of jewels: 23

Chatons: gold chatons with polished countersinks

Fine finishing: superlative hand finishing throughout respecting 19th-century style; internal bevel angles highlighting hand craft; polished bevels; hand-made engravings; frosted finish


Hours and minutes; completely independent dual time zones displayed on two dials; unique vertical power reserve indicator

Crown at 8 o’clock for setting time of left dial; crown at 4 o’clock for setting time of right dial and winding


Available in 18 carat red gold, grade 5 titanium or grade 5 titanium treated with black PVD

Dimensions: 42.5mm wide x 17mm high

Number of components: 41

Water resistance: 30m / 3atm / 90’

Sapphire crystals:

High domed sapphire crystal on top and sapphire crystal on back with anti-reflective coating on both sides; balance wheel bridge in sapphire crystal.

Strap & Buckle:

Black hand-stitched calfskin strap with black topstitched seams with red gold case, or red topstitched seams with both titanium cases.



On page two you will now discover all my pictures  MB&F LM1 Silberstein in red gold, on page three you will discover my pictures of the MB&F LM1 Silberstein in titanium and on page four you will discover my pictures of the MB&F LM1 Silberstein in titanium treated with black PVD



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One reply on “MB&F LM1 Silberstein – When friends meet and create an exceptional timepiece”
  1. says: Guy

    So the indicator is up when fully wound and down when it isn’t? That would be funny indeed. Oh! I am so happy but you haven’t touched me in a day and I am so sad.

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