Performance art - HM2.2 Black Box

Performance art - HM2.2 Black Box

 
 

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Horological machine n°2 "Black Box"

Simply black: Alain Silberstein surprised with his case for Horological Machine N°2.2 "Black Box"

It takes a lot to surprise followers of MB&F, but the Horological Machine N°2 presented in November 2009 in collaboration with French artist/watch designer Alain Silberstein, did just that. Alain Silberstein is widely known for his bold use of colour and pattern – and one might have expected Maximilian Büsser to push that tendency to the limit. But no, the two came up with what they affectionately called the “black box”, all Bauhaus purity and restraint. It is crafted like a jewel, but Silberstein said that it reminded him of the miniature box cameras of the 1940s.

The model’s official name is Horological Machine N°2.2.
The Silberstein designed case retains the twin porthole dials and powerful profile of the original Horological Machine N°2 with its flying-buttress lugs, but otherwise, it has been entirely rethought and rebuilt. The science-fiction shock of the original has given way to something lighter and more whimsical, with a personality all its own.

Presented in November 2009, Horological Machine N°2.2 "Black Box" is a limited edition of 8 pieces and is sold out.

for the pleasure of working together

The brief to Alain Silberstein was typical of MB&F’s creative approach. Explaining the project, Maximilian Büsser says, “I simply gave Alain the watch and said: “Enjoy yourself! And he caught me completely off balance. He produced a black box, where I was expecting something very colourful!” This makes Alain Silberstein chuckle.

In more ways than one, Alain Silberstein has left his mark on Horological Machine N°2.2. A tiny, almost invisible inscription on the side of the case, reads: “Le vrai bonheur est d’avoir sa passion pour métier” (“True happiness is having one’s passion for a profession”). That is his motto, and he found his soul mates in MB&F. As he says: “The whole point was the pleasure of working together."

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friends

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  • design
  • movement
  • case & buckle
  • dial & hands
  • communication
  • accessories
 
 
Alexandre Bonnet
 
Georges Auer
 
Didier Dumas
 
Jacques-Adrien Rochat
 
Isabelle Vaudaux
 
Régis Golay
 
Isabelle Chillier
 
Bertrand Jeunet
 
Maximilian Büsser
 
Eric Giroud
 
Denis Parel
 
Frédéric Legendre
 
Estelle Tonelli
 
Alban Thomas
 
Salvatore Ferrarotto
 
Maximilien Di Blasi
 
François Liard
 
Bertrand Sagorin-Querol
 
Georges Veisy
 
José Perez
 
Denis Garcia
 
Maarten van der Ende
 
Gérald Moulière
 
Pierre Chillier
 
Dominique Mainier
 
Serge Kriknoff
 
Patrick Lété
 
François Bernhard
 
Stéphane Balet
 
Ian Skellern
 
Guillaume Schmitz
 
Gianni Di Blasi
 
Jean-Marc Wiederrecht
 
Olivier Purnot
 

engine


specs & manual

Case

  • Silicium PVD coated titanium; limited edition of EIGHT pieces
  • Dimensions (exclusive of crown and lugs): 59mm x 38mm x 13mm
  • Water resistant to 30 meters (3 ATM)
  • Number of parts: 89 (case only)

Movement

  • Jean-Marc Wiederrecht/Agenhor designed functionality regulated and powered by a Sowind oscillator and gear train
  • Balance oscillating at 28,800 bph
  • 22K blued rose gold “Battle-Axe” automatic winding rotor
  • Number of components: 349 including 44 jewels

Functions

  • Left dial: Retrograde Date and Moon Phase
  • Right Dial: Jumping Hours and Concentric Retrograde Minutes

Dials

  • Silvered

Sapphire crystals

  • Dial side with anti-reflective treatment on both faces
  • Display back with anti-reflective treatment on single face

Strap & Buckle

  • Black hand-stitched calfskin with titanium custom designed buckle

Presentation box

  • Precision engineered aluminium and leather instrument case featuring an integrated Rüeger thermometer