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MB&F September Newsletter

Dear Friends,

There are times in life when we must cease to look only for ourselves and find the time to help others. And there is perhaps no better cause than alleviating the suffering of children. With that in mind, over the last 16 months MB&F has been creating, developing and crafting an amazing piece unique to help combat muscular dystrophy.

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There is a butterfly trapped in the movement of this very special Horological Machine. It has no hope of escaping and its plight is intensified by the barbed wire enmeshing the complicated movement. This emotionally charged piece, a one-of-a-kind interpretation of Horological Machine No2, is signed by its designer, the famed American artist Sage Vaughn.


It will be auctioned at Only Watch, the charity auction to benefit research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, to be held in Monaco on 24 September 2009 under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II.


Muscular Dystrophy is a genetic disorder affecting boys. It causes a progressive weakening of the muscles that becomes fatal as the child gets older. The Monegasque Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (AMM) is a leading force in the drive to find a cure.


I was determined to work with Sage Vaughn for this special project. His paintings of gaily dressed children and bright birds or butterflies against bleak urban backgrounds had the tension between affirmation of life and a sense of desperation that I thought important and wanted to convey. Sage, a young artist whose solo shows have won widespread critical acclaim, has fought and conquered his own demon – a seven-year heroin addiction – and the pain of that struggle is felt in the emotional power of his work. Sage not only immediately agreed to work with us on this project; his enthusiasm and dedication were a driving power to its completion.


Please visit the dedicated Only Watch section on our website, and if you are interested in helping research into finding a cure for this debilitating desease, by bidding for this amazing piece, you are invited to register at

The MB&F piece unique will be one of 32 timepieces by other renown brands including Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin and you can learn more at the Patrizzi & Co website. We owe Osvaldo Patrizzi a debt of thanks for dedicating his time and resources to orchestrate this unique charity auction.

Beautiful horology is very worthwhile but a child's smile is priceless.

With our very best regards,

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Maximilian Büsser
Founder & CEO


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