Unworn Limited Edition Maximilian Busser & Friends ‘Mad 1’ Wristwatch

The Overview

Founded in 2005, MB&F is the world’s first-ever horological concept laboratory, dedicated to designing and crafting small series of radical concept watches by bringing together talented horological professionals. With almost 20 calibres forming the base of its Horological Machines and Legacy Machines, MB&F continues to follow Founder and Creative Director Maximilian Büsser’s vision of creating three-dimensional kinetic art. After 15 years managing prestigious watch brands, Maximilian Büsser resigned from his Managing Director position at Harry Winston to create MB&F – Maximilian Büsser & Friends in 2007. MB&F unveiled its first Horological Machine, HM1; a sculptured, three-dimensional case and beautifully finished engine which set the standard for the Horological Machines that have followed – Machines that tell the time, rather than Machines to tell the time.In 2011 MB&F launched its round-cased Legacy Machine collection. These more classical pieces pay tribute to nineteenth-century watchmaking excellence by reinterpreting complications from the great watchmakers of yesteryear to create contemporary objets d’art.As the F stands for Friends, it was only natural for MB&F to develop collaborations with renowned artists, watchmakers, designers and manufacturers. Some of the HM range are priced at over £200,000….

The MAD (Mechanical Art Devices) 1 42mm case was launched in 2022 and it’s believed the run was limited to around 300 pieces. This example is unworn so is pristine and frankly stunning. The skeleton movement, both top and bottom is a work of art and the time is told at the side of the watch. The watch sits on a black with red stitching textile strap and ‘M.A.D.’ steel deployment clasp. In terms of provenance the watch comes with everything supplied:

  • Warranty code instructions with unique Bar Code
  • UV Torch
  • Inner and outer boxes
  • Protective film cover for watch

This is a rare opportunity to acquire a watch from one of the World’s most respected manufacturers. With a heritage, albeit relatively recent in watch terms, as strong as M B & F were entry level prices prior to this were in excess of £45,000.00


About Sonning Vintage Watches

Sonning Vintage Watches are one of the largest prestige brand vintage watch retailers on the Internet carrying stock of around £500,000; we’ve sold over 3,000 vintage watches across the world since our formation in 2009. We’re based in Berkshire and Nottingham and spend 1- 2 days a week in London. Whilst we’re an Internet business we do ‘show’ 90% of our watches prior to sale and travel across England to meet prospective buyers.

We have started to stock newer watches in line with demand


Why Purchase a Watch from SVW

We provide a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and provenance of all our watches and come with a full printed Receipt of Sale and Insurance Valuation. Purchasing from SVW gives you the protection and reassurance of buying from an incorporated company with outstanding customer testimonials.

We provide a high quality box and use the Royal Mail Special Delivery for the UK and DHL for overseas sales. They are insured for the full purchase value.

See what our customers say – 100% positive feedback on all our sales sites and over 40% of our customers buy again or refer us!


The Conclusion

This is a rare and highly collectable watch from one of horology’s most famous names and will, if history is any judge, provide an excellent financial investment as well as a possession to treasure and enjoy. I will provide an insurance valuation in excess of my asking price. Please appreciate the difficulty of photographing this piece, it looks even better in real life. Subject to your location I’ll happily show the watch.

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