At Baselworld 2017, Karishma Karer catches up with MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser who has infused awe and wonder in truly incredible creations.
Maximilian Büsser – The Creative Wizard
When one thinks of MB&F, one can expect the unexpected. What one can definitely look out for is innovation and radical conceptualization of how time is represented. These are exceptional pieces also because they are a synergy of energy from creative people. After all, MB&F stands for Maximilian Büsser & Friends, thus connoting the fact that each collaboration born out of shared passion leads to something truly amazing.
You launched the Aquapod at the SIHH this year. Tell us about the watch…
This is the first time that I have created a horological machine that has not come from my childhood! This was generated because four years ago, when I was on a beach holiday with my wife, she was stung by a jellyfish. The next whole week, while swimming in the sea, we were always on the lookout for one! I then thought, why not do a mechanical jellyfish? With the jellyfish, there is a transparent dome and then tentacles. You’ve got the same thing here. There is a sapphire dome and this incredible flying tourbillon…and then there are the tentacles…the rotor made of titanium and platinum…which symbolizes the tentacles. It is the same story. The tentacles bring food to the jellyfish, and here, the rotor brings energy to the barrel which sends energy to the brain.
This was the first time I was talking of water in my creations. So, let’s think of the next step- putting a diving bezel. Now, this is not a diving watch. But, we have deconstructed its watchmaking and constructed it into a kinetic art piece! So we have the ceramic diving bezel. Everyone just thinks it’s there to look good…but it actually works. Its floating around the whole core. If you are very courageous you can actually go diving with it…you can see that there is a triangle on the minutes, and another one as well which will help count the time that you have been in the water. To read the time, the spheres of concentric hours and minutes turn around. They are made from titanium and aluminium to be as light as possible.
What inspires you to create crazy machines?
When I created MB&F I was angry against the system. Twelve years later there was much less anger, but much more happiness and I wanted to create much more. I’ve been wonderful what’s the fuel. The fuel is no more anger. I realize that creation, creativity and innovation, are like drugs- you need to increase the dosage over time otherwise you don’t feel anything! So, now, instead of creating just one machine a year I need to create more…as well as do the other co-creations with more artists at the MAD Gallery! For the moment it is crazily great! Most people want certainty. They want to know what they will be doing in five or ten years. I love the fact that I have no clue what I am going to be doing in five or ten years!
Your message to your fans…
The baseline of a creative adult is a child who survived. If we can inspire with what we do at MB&F, all the adults who have killed the child in them, I will be happy! I’m half Swiss and half Indian…so the Swiss part is the engineering and rational one, but I think what saved me and what allowed me to create MB&F is the Indian part!
MB&F clearly celebrates exploration and unlimited expression of creativity in the world of horology. It freely mingles different worlds and inspirations, coming out with stellar pieces that enhance what the world of watchmaking has to offer!