Lot 2292
  • 2292


480,000 - 600,000 HKD
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  • titanium
  • dimensions 41 x 14 mm
• automatic winding nickel lever movement, one-minute tourbillon rotating in carriage, 81 jewels, four barrels in parallel, 22k gold battle-axe winding rotor • two dials for hour and minute display, Arabic numerals, sapphire crystal discs for 7-day power reserve indication, central tourbillon carriage • titanium owl eye shaped case, sapphire crystal display back secured by 8 screws • case, dial and movement signed • with a titanium MB&F double folding buckle


Automatic movement in working order when cataloging. Dial in very good condition, very nice and clean. Case with only light wear, a few very superficial hairlines to the band, one very minor nick to the edge of left band, otherwise quite clean in general. Overall in very good condition. The present lot comes with a non-original MB&F box. Original retail price: $213,624 CHF after VAT (for reference only*) Please note the movement has not been tested for time keeping and a service might be required at the buyer's expense. **The strap of this wristwatch is made from an endangered species, please refer to important notices for further information**.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.

Important Notice regarding importation into the United States of Rolex watches
Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."

Catalogue Note

With a MB&F warranty booklet and presentation box.

Being a boutique brand established in the new millennium (2005), MB&F's fresh approach towards designs of watches is what sets the brand apart in the traditional watchmaking industry.  Max Büsser, the founder of MB&F sums up his philosophy for the brand in an interview, stating that "[A timepiece] is a functional tool as well as a work of art ... and a high performance machine. Emotional values would centre mostly around a real creativity unseen to date, a courage or even a boldness in the attitude of the project and finally the personality of the creator;" thus explains the breath-taking futuristic designs of the brand's "horological machines," so the wristwatches of MB&F are named.      

The brand's first creation, Horological Machine 1 (HM1) speaks of MB&F's endeavour towards cutting-edge innovations.  The striking shape and size of the case design tells of MB&F's forward-looking approach, with the hour and minute dials separated by a flying tourbillon in the centre.  In order for the two dials to communicate, a masterly made ultra-flat and mirror-polished wheel centrally located under the dial is used.  It floats between two layers of precision-adjusted jewels as it is too thin to be supported from its axis.  In addition, HM1 is the first wristwatch to feature a movement with four barrels connected in both parallel and series, and the first one to have two sources transmitting energy to the regulating system simultaneously.  These four main barrels greatly improve accuracy, lessen wear and raise durability of HM1 by reducing the torque of each mainspring.

MB&F's HM1 is an avant-garde masterpiece that blends the groundbreaking aesthetics of micro-engineering and architecture with an astonishing level of artisan minutia into the three-dimensional timepiece.