Horolological Machine No2.2 – Black Box Designed by Alain Silberstein

Oct 29, 2009
French leading designer Alain Silberstein, known as a master of magnificent color, has once again demonstrated his creative genius, having redesigned MB&F's Horological Machine No2.

The creative genius of the designer has resulted in an all-black case, which is the embodiment of the Bauhaus purity and austerity. The novel model, entitled Horological Machine No2.2, is also called “black box”. This watch will be launched as a limited series of eight pieces.

It was Maximilian Busser, the former head of Harry Winston Timepieces, who founded MB&F Company four years ago. The watchmaker’s activity is focused on designing and manufacturing limited edition ground-breaking watches in cooperation with highly-qualified professionals.

The Horolological Machine No2.2 accommodates a self-winding mechanical movement, which is just as innovative as the model’s intriguing case. Unveiled in 2008, it was the first automatic winding mechanical movement, which incorporated such functions as an instantaneous jumping hour, concentric retrograde minutes, retrograde date and bi-hemisphere moon phase.

The watch demonstrates a completely new character: the twin porthole dials are still in the prime focus; the jumping hours, however, appear in the cutout for the first time.

Due to Alain Silberstein, the exterior of the Horological Machine No2.2 has been totally changed. It achieved the marriage of the pure geometry of the Bauhaus and user-friendliness of the 1940s’ miniature box cameras.

The case of the watch, rectangular in its shape, is manufactured from a solid block of titanium and is fixed to an original substructure. Due to this complex construction the watch acquires its impressive appearance.

The titanium case features an exceptional PVD-treatment, which includes silicium. This very component ensures a soft touch and especially deep black color.

The alluring red numerals, markers and hands expose Superluminova treatment to assure perfect visibility under reduced light conditions. It was Alain Silberstein, who developed all the characters, presented on the twin displays. The source of inspiration for creating the moon’s expressive face was a cartoon from the Art Nouveau period.

The case side reveals the words, which translated from French, sound as follows, “True happiness is having one's passion for a profession”. This expression truly reflects Alain Silberstein’s attitude towards his work. According to Maximilian Busser, the specialists in the MB&F watch company feel the same way.

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