MB & F. A very fine unusual retrograde / digital automatic timepiece with calendar and moonphaseMaximillian Büsser & Friends, Alan Silberstein, Horological Machine No. 2.2, Number 5 of a limited edition of 8, sold 2010
Lot 141
MB & F. A very fine unusual retrograde / digital automatic timepiece with calendar and moonphaseMaximillian Büsser & Friends, Alan Silberstein, Horological Machine No. 2.2, Number 5 of a limited edition of 8, sold 2010
US$ 40,000 - 50,000
£25,000 - 32,000

Lot Details
MB & F. A very fine unusual retrograde / digital automatic timepiece with calendar and moonphase
Maximillian Büsser & Friends, Alan Silberstein, Horological Machine No. 2.2, Number 5 of a limited edition of 8, sold 2010
44-jewel circular self winding movement with coated 22K battleax rotor, shock resistant suspension to monometallic balance, rectangular black case with a pair of sapphire glazed dials displaying retrograde minutes with digital hours and retrograde date with moon phase, the buttress reinforced back with glazed aperture to view movement, maker's leather strap with titanium buckle, accompanied by temperature indicating display box with protective packaging, wallet with warranty and instruction booklets, strap tool and spare strap, case, dial and movement signed. 59mm

Footnotes

  • MB&F, shorthand for Maximilian Büsser and Friends is a company dedicated solely to producing small series of radical concept watches in collaboration with talented design professionals. Alain Silberstein was the second "Friend" of Maximilian Büsser invited to contribute a design. This limited series of just eight watches was given the name Horological Machine No. 2.2.

    The Büsser/Silberstein model 2.2 is based on the innovative MB&F Horological Machine No. 2, introduced in 2008. This remarkable timepiece is built around the world's first automatic winding mechanical movement able to simultaneously display an instantaneous jumping hour, concentric retrograde minutes, retrograde date and bi-hemisphere moon phase.

    The Silberstein case retains the twin porthole dials and powerful profile of the original Horological Machine No. 2 with its flying-buttress lugs as created by Max Büsser but otherwise, it was entirely redesigned by Alain Silberstein.

    After working at Jaeger LeCoultre, Maximilian Büsser was appointed managing director of Harry Winston Rare Timepieces in 1998. During his seven year tenure, he elevated the company into the ranks of respected haute horlogerie. Working with talented independent watchmakers, he created the famous Winston Opus series of timepieces. In 2005 he established MB&F in Geneva.

    Alain Silberstein is a French architect and designer who founded his own watch company in the mid 80's in Besançon, a French town with a rich horological heritage. Silberstein designs are famous for their Calder inspiration and use of colors.
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