Kari Voutilainen and Jean-Francois Mojon rumoured to be involved.
Independent watchmakers MB&F is set to unveil its fifth Horological Machine – HM5 – early next month, and has hinted at who has been involved in its development.
In a news released yesterday, the company’s founder and chief creative officer Max Busser said that the HM5 will be unveiled on October 4, simultaneously on Mexico City and Singapore.
He said: “Unconfirmed reports mention that my friends Kari Voutilainen and Jean-François Mojon might have an idea of what’s going on”. Voutilainen and Mojon, who designed Harry Winston’s Opus 10, are certainly experienced when it comes to groundbreaking timepieces and creating new movements, working as independent watchmakers for many years.
“MB&F is founded on one very simple ideal: to create every year a radically new Horological Machine. HM1 upset the status quo in 2007. HM2 took MB&F further into unchartered territory in 2008 and a year later, HM3 demonstrated in 2009 that we were in some sort of alternate reality. Finally, in 2010, we presented our most radical Machine to date: the HM4 Thunderbolt,” added Busser.
The brand has this year created a special one-off edition of the HM4 Thunderbolt topped with a white gold panda for the Only Watch charity auction which takes place later this week. The timepiece has a guide price of £148,000 to £200,000.
Busser will open his first store, featuring more than just watches, on the same day at the HM5 is revealed, on rue Verdaine in Geneva. Named the M.A.D Gallery – meaning Mechanical Art Devices – Busser says it will be more like a gallery than just a boutique.
"You’ll obviously find the complete range of our Horological Machines, but you’ll also discover carefully-curated pieces from around the world, which make our hearts beat faster: to give you a little preview, amazing Machine Lights from Berlin; beautiful alien machines by a Chinese artist; kinetic art crafted by an English artist-engineer team with a great sense of humour; sleekly-designed machines from Slovenia, with more on the way."