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MB&F M.A.D. 1 RED

$4,795

Pre-Owned MB&F 42mm M.A.D. 1 RED, Skeleton Dial, Black Strap

It’s simply the first opportunity in the brand’s 15 years of existence to buy an inspired MB&F design for a low four-figure sum. Over the years, MB&F have given an incredible variety of reasons for watch enthusiasts to fall in love with their brand and the scarcely matched creativity on which it is built.

The front of the M.A.D. 1, as is fitting for the name, is completely absent from any indication, other than the balance wheel beating away. Much like on so-called “driver’s watches,” the time is displayed in the side profile of the case, specifically between the lower two lugs. Hours are on a black disc while minutes are on an anodized red aluminum ring just below it, with a lumed and, in fact, rather nicely made triangular marker pointing at the actual time. The marker is on the outside, carried by an extension of the caseback — an elegant solution compared to simply putting a sticker or a glued marker on the outside of the crystal. The rings are rather large and that gives plenty of room between the 5-minute markers — with so much space in between them, it’s easy to estimate whether it’s 10:12, 10:13, or 10:14, for example.

Because the Miyota 821A movement of the M.A.D. 1 RED is equipped with a uni-directional self-winding system, the rotor loves to spin and it is easy and fun to make it spin with the flick of the wrist, as the white and luminous parts blur into a continuous white line thanks to the immense rotational speed. Crafted from titanium and tungsten, it’s huge and heavy with tons of inertia that definitely plays a role in making it perform its high-rpm show. The movement runs at 3Hz and offers an extended power reserve of 60 hours, thanks to a quiet update to the movement by Miyota. A peek through the sapphire crystal caseback — which actually appears to be the same piece of sapphire that gives the side of the case — reveals a few spokes in red and black, connecting the discs with the movement. Around it is a “cherry red” ring with M.A.D.1 written on it.

 

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Additional information

Band Material

Leather

Box and Papers

Box and Papers

Brand

MB&F

Caliber

821A

Case Size

42mm

Caseback

Exhibition

Crystal Material

Sapphire

Movement

Automatic

Warranty

1-Year Watchworks Guarantee

Item ID0006579
Model #M.A.D. 1 RED
Model NameM.A.D. 1 RED
Serial NumberMXXXXXXX

Description

Founded in 2005, MB&F is the world’s first-ever horological concept laboratory. With over 20 remarkable calibers forming the base of the critically acclaimed Horological and Legacy Machines, MB&F is continuing to follow Founder and Creative Director Maximilian Büsser’s vision of creating 3-D kinetic art by deconstructing traditional watchmaking.

After 15 years managing prestigious watch brands, Maximilian Büsser resigned from his Managing Director position at Harry Winston in 2005 to create MB&F – Maximilian Büsser & Friends. MB&F is an artistic and micro-engineering laboratory dedicated to designing and crafting small series of radical concept watches by bringing together talented horological professionals that Büsser both respects and enjoys working with.

In 2007, MB&F unveiled its first Horological Machine, HM1. HM1’s sculptured, three-dimensional case and beautifully finished engine (movement) set the standard for the idiosyncratic Horological Machines that have followed – all Machines that tell the time, rather than Machines to tell the time. The Horological Machines have explored space (HM2, HM3, HM6), the sky (HM4, HM9), the road (HM5, HMX, HM8) and the animal kingdom (HM7, HM10).

In 2011, MB&F launched its round-cased Legacy Machine collection. These more classical pieces – classical for MB&F, that is – pay tribute to nineteenth-century watchmaking excellence by reinterpreting complications from the great horological innovators of yesteryear to create contemporary objets d’art. LM1 and LM2 were followed by LM101, the first MB&F Machine to feature a movement developed entirely in-house. LM Perpetual, LM Split Escapement and LM Thunderdome broadened the collection further. 2019 marked a turning point with the creation of the first MB&F Machine dedicated to women: LM FlyingT; and MB&F celebrated 10 years of Legacy Machines in 2021 with the LMX. MB&F generally alternates between launching contemporary, resolutely unconventional Horological Machines and historically inspired Legacy Machines.

As the F stands for Friends, it was only natural for MB&F to develop collaborations with artists, watchmakers, designers and manufacturers they admire.

This brought about two new categories: Performance Art and Co-creations. While Performance Art pieces are MB&F machines revisited by external creative talent, Co-creations are not wristwatches but other types of machines, engineered and crafted by unique Swiss Manufactures from MB&F ideas and designs. Many of these Co-creations, such as the clocks created with L’Epée 1839, tell the time while collaborations with Reuge and Caran d’Ache generated other forms of mechanical art.

To give all these machines an appropriate platform, Büsser had the idea of placing them in an art gallery alongside various forms of mechanical art created by other artists, rather than in a traditional storefront. This brought about the creation of the first MB&F M.A.D.Gallery (M.A.D. stands for Mechanical Art Devices) in Geneva, which would later be followed by M.A.D.Galleries in Taipei, Dubai and Hong Kong.

There have been distinguished accolades reminding us of the innovative nature of MB&F’s journey so far. To name a few, there have been no less than 9 awards from the famous Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, including the ultimate prize: the “Aiguille d’Or”, which rewards the best watch of the year. In 2022, the LM Sequential EVO was awarded the Aiguille d’Or, while the M.A.D.1 RED won the ‘Challenge’ category. In 2021, LMX won the Best Men’s Complication and the LM SE Eddy Jaquet ‘Around The World in Eighty Days’ was awarded in the ‘Artistic Crafts’ category. In 2019, the prize for Best Ladies Complication went to the LM FlyingT; in 2016, LM Perpetual won the Best Calendar Watch award; in 2012, Legacy Machine No.1 was awarded both the Public Prize (voted for by horology fans) and the Best Men’s Watch Prize (voted for by the professional jury). In 2010, MB&F won Best Concept and Design Watch for the HM4 Thunderbolt. In 2015 MB&F received a Red Dot: Best of the Best award – the top prize at the international Red Dot Awards – for the HM6 Space Pirate.