Inspired by the quote from famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier “une maison est une machine à habiter“ (a house is a machine to live in), the machines of MB&F are habitable. The stories that these machines tell you would locate you to different places or different times, and perhaps different dimensions. Well, MB&F Machine is not worn, it is lived.
MB&F Horological Machine Nº11 Architect wants to blur the line between a house and a watch. Back around late 1960s where architecture entered experimental designs which way different that previous decade, there are many buildings that look like they were coming out of this earth. Maximilian Büsser, the founder of MB&&F, took a look one of these unique houses then thought to himself, what if that house was a watch.
MB&F Horological Machine Nº11 Architect features a central flying tourbillon that forms the heart of the house, it pushes skyward under that double domed sapphire roof. There are four symmetrical volumes that reach outwards, creating unique four parabolic rooms of the house that is HM11 Architect. You can turn the house to access each room, the entire structure rotates on its foundations. That 90-degree angle of offset between each room means that you can position HM11 with one of its rooms directly facing you. The versatility in display orientation also means it has a practical use. This timepiece comes with energy-efficient construction, each 45-degree clockwise turn is signalled by a tactile click under the fingers, it promises 72 minutes of power directly to the barrel. It means that after just 10 complete rotations, HM11 has its optimum autonomy of 96 hours.
Those four rooms of MB&F Horological Machine Nº11 Architect seem like having a similar interior, yet each of those room has a different function. Time Room retrieves the hours and minutes, the next room 90-degree to the left is where the power reserve display resides. Continue to the next room, you’ll get high-precision electronic thermometers and thermostat-regulated smart homes. The last room is a white void, an aesthetic feature of a tiny round badge with MB&F battle-axe motif inside a sapphire crystal window. It might seem just an empty space but actually it’s the time-setting crown of HM11.