Luxury watchmaker MB&F, has traditionally experimented with abstract designs of the watch dials, which stand out from the rest due to their unconventional forms and complexity. Some of the most prominent ones coming to mind, are HM4 Thunderbolt, HM4 RT watch, and the Horological Machine No.5, which changed the way the dial of a wrist watch generally looked like. The iconic aircraft inspired double cylinder design, has been transferred on to the new Music Machine device, built in collaboration with the world's premier music box maker Reuge. The Music Box draws it's ideas straight from the sci-fi classics like Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back, which happen to be favorites of Maxmilian Busser, the current head of creative direction and a founder of MB&F. Classical tunes which one would get to hear from the Music Machine include the Star Wars theme, Imperial March, Pink Floyd's 'Another brick in the wall', Deep Purple's 'Smoke on the water', and John Lenon's 'Imagine' which in some way, draw inspiration from MB&F's non-conformist attitude.
Maxmillan Busser, who has been the main brain behind this creative effort from MB&F, looks back at his childhood days, and says,
“Like many kids, saving the world was my full time job when I was a boy.” He added, “For MusicMachine, I delved into my childhood dreams and fantasies inspired by heroes such as Luke Skywalker and Captain James T. Kirk.”
With this inspiration in mind, Reuge was approached as a music-box maker, who would then need to work on something much more radical as a design. The main components henceforth, included the 2 independent movements, which included parts like the winding propeller, mainspring barrel, horizontal cylinder with pins which create 3 different melodies. There is also the additional vertical comb which have individual hand-tuned teeth for sounding each note.
Since Reuge was given the task of creating something radical, they applied their engineering prowess to configure the movements in a way, whereby they would be mirror images of one another. On simpler terms, this would mean that the conventional designs were completely inverted in term of the movement parts and the way they were put together. The result of it all, is this Music Machine, which plays classic tunes from each cylinder as per choice, as grab eyeballs as per that. Being the true work of art, there will be 66 pieces of these in all, where 33 have been made in white, and the equal number in black.
For constructing these pieces together, the sound amplification chambers have been created with Walnut wood, which have been painted piano black or white. The outriggers are bead blasted anodized aluminum, whereas the cylinders are nickel plated brass. The weight of the device would be 2.97 kg, and the dimensions are 395mm wide x 475mm long x 165mm high. Ideal for a being central attraction in a music room or one's drawing room tables.