Max Büsser and Stepan Sarpaneva collaborate on this new timepiece
Think of Max Büsser as the wizard of all things mechanical. You need only to step into his MB&F M.A.D. gallery in either Geneva or Dubai and you’ll notice fascinating pieces of mechanical art on display including octopus and rocket ship-shaped clocks and Star Wars-inspired music boxes. When Büsser explains that “a creative adult is a child who survived”, you know exactly from where the inspiration for these quirky objects stems.
Büsser is known for a collaborative approach to watchmaking. His latest creation, this MoonMachine 2 wristwatch, is no different and is designed along with Finnish watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva. It’s been five years since the two first collaborated on a project and this new MoonMachine 2 takes that partnership to the next level.
Sarpaneva has a reputation for making some of the finest and technically accomplished watches with a moonphase complication on it. One of the signature visual references of his watch is the golden moon face, one that’s visible on the dial of this timepiece too.The automotive-inspired case shape of the MoonMachine 2 is based on MB&F’s Can-Am watch from 2016. This watch is the world’s first to use a projected moonphase that uses an optical prism to project the horizontal reading of the minutes and hours onto the vertical plane. The prism does not magnify the image of the moon, ensuring that its appearance isn’t distorted.
There are three gold moons in the MoonMachine 2, the largest of which is 8.5mm and the other two are 4.5mm in diameter. The latter are just 0.07mm thick, which makes the act of Sarpaneva’s team having to handcraft these ultra-thin components a remarkable feat. Handcrafting these is such an intricate process, that nearly 80 per cent of those created are discarded because they were damaged while making them.The MoonMachine 2 is available in three case materials: titanium, black titanium or red gold and titanium. It uses a base calibre from Girard-Perregaux and the automatic-winding timepiece features jumping hours and wandering minutes via projected discs. The wristwatch has a power reserve of 42 hours. While the titanium variants cost approximately $94,000, the red gold version costs nearly $102,000. The limited-edition timepiece is available in just 12 units in each case material. This one’s the real supermoon you don’t want to miss.