Mu­si­cally in­clined

Max­i­m­il­ian Büsser and his friends com­bine tunes and tech­nol­ogy in a fu­tur­is­tic set-up,

Hong Kong Tatler - - Finale - writes Gemma Soames

When it comes to the ul­ti­mate in ground­break­ing boys’ toys, Max­i­m­il­ian Büsser is a man in the know. The Swiss watch­maker set up his own la­bel, MB&F (which stands for Max­i­m­il­ian Büsser & Friends), in 2005, and it quickly be­came known as the home of the most out­ra­geously con­cep­tual and tech­ni­cally ad­vanced time­pieces.

Not con­tent with only rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing watches, Büsser has ex­panded be­yond horology and into mu­sic, bring­ing his fa­mous touch to bear on a rather un­ex­pected medium—the mu­sic box—to cel­e­brate his brand’s 10th an­niver­sary. Launched in con­junc­tion with Reuge, the renowned Swiss maker of mu­sic boxes, the Mu­sic Ma­chine 3 (MM3) takes the idea of the tra­di­tional wind-up mu­sic ma­chine and pretty much turns it on its head.

First, when it comes to melodies, ban­ish all thoughts of tunes from The Nutcracker—the MM3 plays the themes from James Bond, The God­fa­ther,

Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble and Star Wars. And sec­ond, it looks more like a space­ship than a carousel, with a sleek de­sign in­spired by the Im­pe­rial Fleet’s TIE fight­ers from Star Wars.

How­ever, while its looks may be in­spired by a galaxy far, far way, in­side, the MM3 is rather more tra­di­tional, re­ly­ing on the me­chan­i­cal sys­tem of old-fash­ioned mu­sic boxes to make it tick. The six melodies are di­vided between two tra­di­tional rollers, each scat­tered with close to 1,400 pins that are stroked by the 72 teeth of a comb to make the mu­sic hap­pen.

De­signed as the ul­ti­mate desk­top ac­ces­sory for the boy who loves a gad­get, the MM3 is as fit­ting for a Star Wars fan as it is for those fas­ci­nated by the pre­ci­sion that goes into only the most in­no­va­tive prod­ucts. You might have thought a wind-up melody box would be the last thing you’d give the man who has ev­ery­thing—but this one could well be mu­sic to his ears.

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