MB&F’s Spectacular new Horological Machine No. 11 Architect !

An Avant-Garde Timepiece Inspired by 1960’s Architecture.

Dubai Watch Week: 16th – 20th November 2023.

MB&F – short for Maximilian Busser & Friends – has chosen Dubai Watch Week (DWW) – to launch their Spectacular and Audacious HM No. 11 Architect. HM is short for Horological Machine. Every HM launched by MB&F is inspired by something close to MB&F’s founder Maximilian or Max, often from his childhood.

HM No. 4 was inspired by Aviation and Max’s childhood passion for assembling model aircraft. HM No. 7 was inspired by Max’s family trips to beach resorts and a (not so pleasant) encounter with a Jellyfish. HM No. 8 was inspired by the automotive world and Max’s childhood dreams of becoming a car designer. HM No. 10 was inspired by the Bulldog, and more importantly the relationship between the master and his loyal canine friend. These are a few examples that illustrate the concept of the HMs. Each HM tells a story.

Converting childhood stories and passions into Avant-Garde Timepieces, at the very Pinnacle of Horology, is no small feat. Once again, the magicians at MB&F have done exactly that with HM No. 11 Architect.

Design and Functions:

HM No. 11 Architect is inspired by 1960’s Architecture. It is circular in design, with four modules protruding out on all four sides. If this were an actual house, these would be rooms. Since it is a timepiece, each module serves a different function:

– Sapphire Crown (allows one to see the movement through it).

– Hours and Minutes.

– Power Reserve.

– Thermometer (-20 degrees to 60 degrees Celsius OR 0 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.) Homes do have Thermometers, after all!

If this were an actual house, it would have a roof. Being a timepiece, the HM No. 11 has a Central Flying Tourbillon instead.

Engine and Case:

HM 11 Architect is powered by a ‘Three-Dimensional horological engine featuring bevel gears, composed of a flying tourbillon, hours and minutes, a power reserve indicator and temperature measurement, developed in-house by MB&F’.  This movement or engine beats at a frequency of 18000 bhp or 2.5 Hz, has a power reserve of 96 hours, is created from 364 components, and has 29 jewels.

The engine is manually wound, and one must turn the entire case clockwise. Each 45-degree rotation provides 72 minutes of power to the barrel, and it takes 10 complete rotations to reach the maximum power reserve of 96 hours.

Its case, crafted in Grade 5 Titanium and 92 components, has a diameter of 42 mm and a height of 23 mm.


HM No. 11 is available in two editions:

Grade 5 Titanium and Blue Dial plate. Provided with a white rubber strap and titanium folding buckle. Limited to 25 pieces. CHF 213,000.

Grade 5 Titanium and Red Gold Dial plate. Provided with a khaki green rubber strap and titanium folding buckle. Limited to 25 pieces. CHF 213,000.

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