Tuesday, February 5, 2008
THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL BEING TWO-FACED
Watch collectors are likely to be surprised, not so much by the novel two-dial look of Max Busser’s second creation, the Horological Machine #2, but by the many inventive features he has packed into its rectangular case. Busser, a small-production entrepreneur based in Geneva, has once again tapped the services of some of the most respected independent watchmakers in Switzerland, including Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, who designed a novel and efficient jumping hour/retrograde minutes display for the HM2. The case alone is made of more than 100 separate components that fit together as modules, a construction reminiscent of the Meccano erector sets Busser says he enjoyed as a child. Collectors who manage to get their hands on one of the limited-edition 125 pieces (at $62,000) will likely relish their playtime with the watch.