SIHH 2016: The MB&F novelties

MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands

MB&F stands for Maximilian Büsser & Friends. Max and his talented friends again created three amazing timepieces. I took more than 50 pictures with my macro lens and I will show you a video … Simply click on “read more” and enjoy!

 

This is MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman.

“He’s quite a cute little robot”, says MB&F, “but to be frank, Sherman doesn’t do very much. He doesn’t do very much at all. Sherman doesn’t walk, talk, weld cars, or roam Mars. He doesn’t try to kill Sarah Connor, help Luke Skywalker, warn Will Robinson, vacuum the floor, star in feature-length films, or enforce the law. In fact, Sherman really only does two things, but he does both extremely well. Sherman tells the time. And Sherman makes people smile, which is probably the world’s most useful and (emotionally) valuable complication.”

In his hands Sherman holds the new MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV  (SV stands for “Sapphire Vision”).

Let us firs have a closer look at Sherman. Conceived and developed by MB&F and engineered and crafted by L’Epée 1839 – Switzerland’s only specialised high-end clock manufacture.

Sherman is the result of Maximilian Büsser’s on-going quest to revisit his childhood, during which he hankered for a robot friend. Sherman’s mechanics are based on a L’Epée 1839 in-line eight-day movement, which ensures that the friendly tank-treaded table clock can display the correct time on his chest for more than a week before requiring rewinding.

Sherman is launched in limited editions of 200 palladium (plated) pieces, 200 gilded pieces (gold-plated) and 50 diamond-set gilded pieces.

Display Hours and minutes displayed on Sherman’s chest

Size Dimensions: 143 mm tall x 109 mm wide x 80 mm deep, weight: 0.9 kg

Body/frame Options: Fully palladium-plated (polished silver color); gold-plated with palladium-plated going train (gearing) and nickel-plated balance wheel; and fully gold-plated body and movement, gem-set with 735 high quality VVS diamonds around the eyes, hour markers and head. Dome/head: blown mineral glass

Movement L’Epée in-house designed and manufactured in-line eight-day movement

Balance frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 A/h

Power reserve: 8 days

Components movement: 148

Jewels: 17

Incabloc shock protection system

Movement finishing: Geneva waves, anglage, polishing, sandblasting, circular and vertical graining, satin finishing

Winding: double-depth square socket key sets time and winds movement at back of clock

 

MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands
MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands

 

MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands
MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands

 

MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands
MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands

 

MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands
MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands

 

MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands
MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands

 

MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands
MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands

 

MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands
MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands

 

MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands
MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands

 

MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands
MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands

 

MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands
MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands

 

MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands
MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands

 

MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands
MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands

 

MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands
MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands

 

MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands
MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands

 

MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands
MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands

 

MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands
MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Sherman holds MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV in his hands

 

 

So let us now focus on the MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV

 

The new timepiece adds an extra three-dimensional layer to the biomorphic beauty of the HM6 ‘Space Pirate’ by revealing the mechanical marvels of the unique Engine within. The complex curves of two transparent sapphire crystal plates sandwich a precious metal “streamliner” case band, creating two horological amphitheatres dedicated to the appreciation of exquisite, hand-finished micro engineering.

“I always thought that the most beautiful part of HM6 was its movement, and that it was a shame not to show it. But it was only recently that the technology of machining sapphire crystal allowed us to create such a complex case,” Max told me in Geneva at the SIHH.

 

MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV
MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV

 

MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV
MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV

 

MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV
MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV

 

MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV
MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV

 

At the front, two spherical domes rotate vertically, respectively displaying hours and minutes in large, highly legible numerals.

Aft, twin spherical turbines spin horizontally, driven by the rotor and multiplying gearing that automatically regulates the winding system to minimize stress and wear.

A central dome houses a 60-second flying tourbillon, the precision regulator of the HM6 Engine.

High-precision regulators are especially sensitive to changes in oil viscosity, and ultra violet radiation gradually breaks down lubricating oils. This is why HM6 features a retractable, semi-spherical, titanium protective shield; when closed, it blocks harmful radiation from prematurely oxidising the lubrication oils in the regulator. A crown at 9 o’clock opens and closes the cover in – and like – the blink of an eye.

 

MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV
MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV

 

The nine sapphire crystal domes – five on top and four underneath – are carefully fastened to the transparent plates thanks to a special gluing process, achieved under vacuum in a high temperature oven. This offers maximal strength and water resistance.

 

MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV
MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV

 

The two spherical turbines, each composed of no fewer than 15 curved vanes, are machined in two hemispheres from solid blocks of aluminium. These turbines are driven from the rotation of the automatic winding rotor by a gear train designed to amplify the number of rotations. As (air) friction increases exponentially (squared) as a function of velocity, if the winding rotor starts rotating too quickly – most likely due to highly active movement of the wrist – air friction on the turbines increases and helps counteract the excessive speed to minimise wear.

 

MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV
MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV

 

MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV
MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV

 

MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV
MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV

 

 

MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV
MB&F Horological Machine No6 SV

 

Engine:

Three-dimensional horological engine developed exclusively for HM6 by MB&F with David Candaux Horlogerie Créative

Flying tourbillon with retractable semi-spherical titanium shield

Iridescent blue platinum 950 battle-axe automatic winding rotor

Twin aluminium turbines driven by winding rotor

Power reserve: 72 hours

Balance frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 A/h

Number of components: 475

Number of jewels: 68

Functions/indications:

Hours and minutes on separate semi-spherical aluminium indications

Left crown opens/closes tourbillon shield; right crown for time setting and winding

Dual turbines regulate the automatic winding rotor

Case:

Sandwich construction of two transparent sapphire crystal plates on either side of a central precious metal case band

Materials: 5N+ red gold/sapphire crystal or 950 platinum/sapphire crystal

Dimensions: 51mm x 50mm x 22.7mm

Number of components: 78

Water resistance: 30m / 3atm

Strap & Buckle:

Hand-stitched calfskin strap with custom designed folding buckle matching the case band.

 

 

And these are the “Friends” that helped to accomplish the HM6 SV

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 and Ruben Martinez / MB&F

Movement development: MB&F with David Candaux

 Sapphire case: Sebastien Sangsue and Gregory Esseric / Sebal

Case: Fabien Chapatte and Riccardo Pescante / Les Artisans Boitiers

Profile-turning wheel/pinion/axis: Yann Le Martret / mudec

Steel spring + turbine aluminium: Alain Pellet / Elefil

Tourbillon: Dominique Lauper / Precision Engineering

Retractable shield: Benjamin Signoud / AMECAP

Plates and bridges: Rodrigue Baume / Damatec, Georges Auer / Mecawatch, Benjamin Signoud / AMECAP

Platinum winding rotor: Denis Villars / Cendres et métaux, Pierre-Albert Steinmann / Positive Coating

Hand-finishing of movement components: Jacques-Adrien Rochat and Denis Garcia / C-L Rochat

Movement assemblage: Didier Dumas, Georges Veisy, Anne Guiter and Emmanuel Maitre / MB&F

In-house machining: Alain Lemarchand / MB&F

Quality Control: Cyril Fallet / MB&F

Buckle construction and production: Dominique Mainier and Bertrand Jeunet / G&F Châtelain

Specific crown of the shield mechanism: Jean-Pierre Cassard / Cheval Frères SA

Metallisation of hour and minute domes: Roland Rhyner / Econorm

Semi spherical hour and minute: Maurizio Cervellieri / Natéber

Strap: Olivier Purnot / Camille Fournet

Presentation case: Olivier Berthon / ATS Atelier Luxe

Production logistics: David Lamy and Isabel Ortega / MB&F

 

 

>>> On page 2 you may discover the new MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual by a video and many more pictures >>>

 

 

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