Sunday June 7 2009 / Art & Design - Horology - MB&F

There is a butterfly trapped in the movement of the latest watch to emerge from MB&F (Maximilian Büsser & Friends). And it has no hope of escaping, because the complicated movement is wrapped in barbed wire. MB&F HM2 Only Watch Sage Vaughn
This emotionally charged piece, a one-of-a-kind interpretation of MB&F’s Horological Machine N°2, is signed by the 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.

Sage Vaughn

Sage Vaughn was born in Jackson, Oregon and now lives and works in Los Angeles.

As a child he developed his talent for art in the company of his father, the artist Richard Smitty Vaughn Junior. His hippie parents had little money for toys, but they encouraged him to draw and to develop his own style. Later, he became an avid participant in the graffiti culture.

Today he favours painting, but the city of his graffiti days is ever present in his work.

“I try to utilise animals in the same way that Aesop did in his fables”say Vaughn

Sage Vaughn’s paintings question the human condition and the difficulty of living in a contemporary environment. The bright birds and insects serve as an affirmation of life, but they also remind us of our strategies for survival in a modern society.

Maximilian Büsser said that he and his team were “shocked into” participating and were determined to work with Sage Vaughn. His paintings of gaily dressed children or bright birds or butterflies against bleak urban backgrounds had the tension between affirmation of life and a sense of desperation that they were seeking.

Vaughn, 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. He immediately agreed to contribute his time and talent.
Sage Vauhn state penn
You can see parallels between Vaughn's 'State Penn' painting above and the HM2 only Watch.

Duchenne 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.

MB&F HM2 Only Watch Sage Vaughn
The barbed wire is handcrafted in blackened gold, the butterfly in blued gold and the scene has all the emotional impact of the first rough by the artist.

For more information and images, please check out the dedicated Only Watch section on www.MB&F.com

Suggested by
Ian Skellern