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The scene is Edinburgh, in 2011. Maximilian Büsser is attending a gala event. Seated next to him is a well-known financier at the head of a major bank. The two connoisseurs of fine objects inevitably end up discussing watchmaking. While Maximilian Büsser is already a key player in the field, he is taken aback by one particular exchange with his neighbour that evening. When the founder of MB&F asks him to name his latest watchmaking crush, the banker's pithy response is "Reuge". The music-box manufacturer? Isn't that a surprising investment for a savvy financial wizard? The reply is equally emphatic: "With Reuge, I'm not looking for a return on investment. This House is so exceptional that it must thrive and develop. " Maximilian ponders this thought for a few days, a few months… and ends up picking up his sketchpad. A new type of machine"I created MB&F to develop unique, beautiful and unprecedented projects. The creations by Reuge were sitting there right under my nose and there was an evident kinship with our mindset, yet I had never dreamed of a joint endeavour", admits Maximilian Büsser. "What on earth could I personally do to pay tribute to Reuge? " For 150 years, Reuge has been synonymous with musical movements. Its first musical pocket-replica watches date back to 1865, a time when many of today's manufacturers were not yet born. Established by the Reuge family in whose hands it remained for over a century, the firm has constantly kept pace with its times, transitioning smoothly from musical automata to the most modern sound devices such as the mp3 player. Bearing in mind this inestimably precious heritage, the founder of MB&F pondered the fundamental question: "what on earth could I personally do to pay tribute to Reuge? " The answer became self-evident, sparked by the history of MB&F: create a new 'Machine' that would not be tagged 'Horological' this time but simply 'Music', thereby offering the best of the two brand worlds. The MusicMachine by MB&F is released in a limited edition comprising 33 white and 33 black models. MB&F A bold gambleCreating this object was nonetheless a daring exercise: MB&F channels a 1960s and 70s vibe brimming with super heroes and comic strip culture, whereas Reuge crafts wood and plays sonatas and concertos. Maximilian Büsser was nonetheless determined to follow through on the project and to adopt an uncompromising stance. There would be no 'middle ground' between the worlds of Reuge and MB&F: has anyone ever since a spaceship playing a Bach prelude when you open its cockpit? Instead of satisfying devotees of the two brands, the result of any such crossover move would only have disappointed all of them. "The brilliance of the Reuge artisans is quite simply boundless" Maximilian Büsser thus decided to stake it all and came up with a fully completed plan! "I went straight to the point by submitting the project to Reuge exactly as I wanted it and reqeusting 'can you make this for me? ' They made no promises but asked for just one thing: a 12-month lead time. By the time the 12 months were up, I had my MusicMachine on my desk, an exact replica of the plans I had given them. The brilliance of the Reuge artisans is quite simply boundless". Reuge has indeed patiently forged this technical mastery over the last century and a half. It is currently the only company capable of reproducing any melody covering up to six or seven octaves into a mechanical piano with 36, 72 or 144 notes. The exercise suggested by Max Büsser was thus entirely in tune with the firm's creative approach. The design was entirely dreamed up by Max Büsser and his team and transformed into reality within less than 12 months by the Reuge artisans. MB&F Master strokeThe MusicMachine was presented at Baselworld 2013, its only flaw being that it was issued in a 66-piece limited series. Maximilian Büsser confesses: "I had ordered 33 black and 33 white versions, thinking that selling half of them would already be a good thing. " MB&F in fact received 85 firm orders, which meant that some stores that had requested up to 20 units had to lower their sights. And speaking of authentic philanthropy and a will to preserve the heritage of artistic crafts, it is important to specify that MB&F made no profit from this operation, since the orders were directly taken, fulfilled and delivered by Reuge itself. In keeping with its motto, MB&F will never remake this MusicMachine. The last of them are currently in production and should be delivered this year. End of story? Rather its beginning, since Maximilian Büsser freely admits that this unexpected success has encouraged him to work on other projects with Reuge. Baselworld 2014 will probably thus dance to the tune of the new MB&F 'friend". It is for example a well-known fact that Reuge is capable of developing and producing a complete range of singing birds and musical replica watches with or without automata… exactly the kind of feats liable to nurture MB&F's fertile imagination!Listen to the Melodies? Star Wars - 1977 (J. Williams)Imperial March - 1980 (J. Williams)Star Trek - 1979 (J. Goldsmith)The Wall - 1979 (Pink Floyd)Smoke On The Water - 1973 (Deep Purple)Imagine - 1971 (John Lennon) Hanhart is harking back to its close association with motor racing in the 1960s and 1970s with the launch of three new chronographs from its Pioneer collection. The Racemaster GT, the Racemaster GTM and the Racemaster GTF, with their sporty, technology inspired design, are the first models produced by the Swiss-German replica watch brand to feature replica watch cases made from HDSPro steel, which is 100 times more scratch-resistant than conventional stainless steel. Legendary tracks, famous names and unforgettable racing cars - the early days of motor racing were characterised by a sense of adventure and something truly extraordinary. While fearless drivers revved up their engines and raced round and round the circuit, battling for position, team managers, engineers and race directors would record their lap times. None of this would have been possible without mechanical stopreplica watches - specifically, mechanical stopreplica watches from Hanhart!Ever since the first stop replica watch was produced in Hanhart's workshops back in 1924, the Swiss-German replica watch brand, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary in 2012, has been closely associated with motor racing. In 2013, in homage to the fascinating, adrenaline-fuelled sport of motor racing, Hanhart is expanding its Pioneer collection with the launch of three new Racemaster mechanical chronographs. Right from the start of the design phase, it was decided that the look of these chronographs should be inspired by sporting technology. Their appearance should pay tribute to the design of vintage racing cars: dynamic, cool and daring. The result is a replica watch with an eye-catching case and a distinctive leather strap in a racing design with a red lining. The dial is clearly reminiscent of early speedometer displays - thanks to its neat style, with luminous arrow-shaped hands, simple and perfectly readable Arabic numerals and applied hour index marks, coloured subdivisions into individual segments and Hanhart's characteristic display format with two counters at 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock, a tachymeter scale around the edge and the unconventional circular element in the middle. And, of course, it also features the hallmarks of Hanhart design - the asymmetrical button arrangement and the red reset button. Watch cases made from stainless steel that is 100 times more scratch-resistantTo keep the sporty, technology-inspired look of the Pioneer Racemaster replica watches in perfect condition for as long as possible, Hanhart is manufacturing the cases from an innovative kind of stainless steel. Hanhart is the first replica watch brand in the world to use this steel, which offers an ideal combination of hardness, resistance to corrosion and nickel-free composition. A special finishing process gives this steel its distinctive surface structure, which is at least three times tougher than before, resulting in a more than 100-fold, and thus more than 10,000%, improvement in scratch resistance. The use of this finishing process is patented for the watch- and jewellery making industry under the brand name HDSPro. Aside from its exceptional scratch resistance, this processed steel is also distinguished by its outstanding resistance to corrosion, which is comparable with any of the highest quality stainless steels available. Since the steel is not coated during the finishing process, the authentic look and feel of the material is retained and, moreover, there is no risk of chipping any layers of coating that have been applied. Last but not least, this steel does not contain any nickel, so replica watch cases made from this material do not pose any known allergy risk. New chronograph in three different versionsTo introduce this new range, Hanhart is launching three Racemaster replica watches with cases measuring 45 millimetres in diameter. These models are differentiated by the design of their movements and dials, but all three have their own exclusively and elaborately converted automatic calibre. This makes it possible to position Hanhart's characteristic 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock displays in an aesthetically harmonious arrangement right at the edge of the generously sized dial. The aesthetic appearance of the Racemaster models thus corresponds perfectly with the style of the Hanhart chronographs from the 1930s, which owed their distinctive design to the unusual 15. 5-ligne size of the early manufacture calibre. As a single-button chronograph, the Pioneer Racemaster GTM is based on the years of experience accumulated by Hanhart in manufacturing this kind of timepiece. All the chronograph functions - start, stop and reset - are performed via the same button and they always follow strictly one after the other. Unlike its two-button counterpart, the seconds hand on this model cannot be resumed after it has been stopped; it invariably jumps back to its initial position the next time the button is pressed. The movement has therefore been slightly reengineered: the lever which sits directly beneath the point where the button at 4 o'clock would normally be has no function, so a large shift lever is responsible for the third strike on the chronograph cam. This cam has also been modified so that it has an additional tooth on its lowest level, enabling the shift lever to control not two, but three positions. On the two-button Pioneer Racemaster GT chronograph, the small round display at 9 o'clock is not simply reserved for the small seconds, as would normally be the case; it also accommodates a practical 12-hour counter. This model thus remains true to the bicompax display format, yet it also features all the functions of a tricompax chronograph. The upper chronograph button, positioned asymmetrically in relation to the lug, is a striking feature that is unique to Hanhart. In order to achieve this arrangement, Hanhart integrates a specially designed lever into the case. This redirects the force from pressing the button located at 2 o'clock by the required number of millimetres. As for the Pioneer Racemaster GTF, this model also features a flyback function. While on a conventional stopwatch one button controls the start and stop functions, another is used for setting the relevant hands to zero and an intermediate stop is required for a restart, this flyback mechanism makes it possible to simultaneously stop, reset and restart the chronograph by pressing a single button once. The chronograph hand thus returns to its starting position and immediately resumes its time measurements; there is no need to restart the replica watch after it has been reset. The colour scheme used for the dial reflects the colours of the legendary racing cars of the 1960s and 1970s: the anthracite-tinted middle section provides a strikingly contrasting backdrop for the bright red hands and is surrounded by a ring-shaped minutes scale, which is white on the Racemaster GT, light blue on the GTM and orange on the GTF. It is also worth taking a look at the back of the three new Pioneer Racemaster models: the closed case backs, as conventionally seen on instrument replica watches, are decorated with an elaborate engraving of a starter's flag crossed with a chequered flag. Technical dataPioneer Racemaster GTMMovementHAN4212 modified automatic chronograph movement (bicompax) with exclusive module; increased crown-to-button spacing and single-button conversion; 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz; 31 jewels; rotor with skeletonised Hanhart logo; power reserve of min. 42 hoursFunctionsSmall seconds at 9 o'clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock, tachymeter scaleCaseHDSPro stainless steel; red button; convex sapphire glass, anti-reflective on both sides; screwed-down case back with engraving; diameter 45 mm; height 16 mm; water-resistant to 10 bar/100 mDialAnthracite/blue; applied index marks; with Super-LumiNova coated, luminous numerals and handsStrapCalfskin in racing design; stainless steel pin buckle? Pioneer Racemaster GTMovementHAN4011 modified automatic chronograph movement (bicompax) with exclusive module; asymmetrical button arrangement; 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz; 35 jewels; rotor with skeletonised Hanhart logo; power reserve of min. 42 hoursFunctionsSmall seconds and 12-hour counter at 9 o'clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock, tachymeter scaleCaseHDSPro stainless steel; red reset button; convex sapphire glass, antireflective on both sides; screwed-down case back with engraving; diameter 45 mm; height 16 mm; water-resistant to 10 bar/100 mDialAnthracite/white; applied index marks; with Super-LumiNova coated, luminous numerals and handsStrapCalfskin in racing design; stainless steel pin bucklePioneer Racemaster GTFMovementHAN4312 modified automatic chronograph movement (bicompax) with exclusive module; asymmetrical button arrangement; 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz; 34 jewels; rotor with skeletonised Hanhart logo; power reserve of min. 42 hoursFunctionsFlyback function, small seconds and 12-hour counter at 9 o'clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock, tachymeter scaleCaseHDSPro stainless steel; red reset button; convex sapphire glass, antireflective on both sides; screwed-down case back with engraving; diameter 45 mm; height 16 mm; water-resistant to 10 bar/100 mDialAnthracite/orange; applied index marks; with Super-LumiNova coated, luminous numerals and handsStrapCalfskin in racing design; stainless steel pin buckle