MaxBüsser+ MB&F Talk watch, Tim Mosso’s innovation and more features Max Busser’s career began in the watch industry as a project engineer for the famous watch manufacturer Jaeger LeCoultre. Max is not a watchmaker himself, but he quickly acquired unique qualities, fun and innovation: this is a key element of a compelling luxury watch. Max brought his creative instincts to Harry Winston (Harry Winston), before that, a large investment in the watchmaking industry had little effect on establishing a customer or brand image in the watchmaking field.
The Harry Winston Opus series of films was born out of Harry Winston’s need for relevance and Max Busser’s drive to check boundaries. So far, independent watchmakers who are respected but challenged by the public have been invited to be responsible for each issue of the Opus watch series. F.P. Journe, Vianney Halter, Robert Greubel and Steven Forsey, as well as many other rising stars in the independent watchmaking industry, have made their reputations infamous as part of the Max Opus project.
The Harry Winston Opus series made Max creative, but he wanted something more: independence. MB&F-“Max Busser & Friends”-was born in 2005. The same concept behind the Opus series drove the development of MB&F, but the number of designated collaborators and the boundaries of imagination have exploded. Watchmakers including Kari Voutilainen, Stephen McDonnell, Eric Coudray and David Candaux are combined with design superstars including Eric Giroud and Alain Silberstein. Crucially, all of Max’s “friends” were praised, including belts and balance wheels.
“When you find talent, please try to keep it intimate.” In this discussion, Max Busser explained his creative process in a wonderful conversation with Tim Mosso. Max discussed the reasons for the rapid heartbeat as a child, the genius born out of fear, and the principles that guided him every day. He tracked important milestones in his career, from his basic work at JLC to the OPUS series with Harry Winston, the early MB&F replica with Eric Giroud, as well as numerous horological machinery, innovative movements and subsequent collaborations with talented watchmakers.
A watch is a product that can only live forever after careful care. MB&F without MB and F? Hypothetically, Max looked to the future and reflected on what MB&F might look like in the distant years after the age of its founder and guiding thought. Max also hinted at the MB&F traditional machine “Thunderdome” recently released by Kari Voutilainen and Eric Coudray. The concept of the Thunder Dome appeared when the aircraft was lagging and traveling halfway. The result is a three-axis tourbillon with rotation speeds of 8 seconds, 12 seconds, and 20 seconds.