Maximilian Büsser founded the watch company MB&F located in Switzerland, the home to all things precise. More mechanical engineering feats of wonder than actual watches, these horological machines will make you look at your smartwatch with new-found disdain.
Horological Machine N°3 Frog
As its name blatantly suggests, the HM4 was made with the webbed-footed amphibian in mind. And it’s not difficult to see the resemblance between the googly-eyed creature and the hour and minute domes with their amplified numbers. Available in three species of Kermit, the HM3 does not compromise on any of the engineering finesse that MB&F is renowned for with its machined solid aluminium and sapphire crystal domes.
How to tell time: Just read the two domes and you’ve a frog’s all-seeing point of time without having to turn your wrist in any way. That's if frogs could tell time.
Horological Machine N°4 Thunderbolt
This aviation-inspired timepiece might look more binoculars on a strap than actual watch, but it gets the job of telling time done. Crafted out of titanium, it also has transparent sapphire section to allow a peek into the intricacy of its inner workings. Available in four different editions, the HM4 Razzle Dazzle and Double Trouble is a particular stand out with its hand painted pin-up girl art, like that you’d find on WWII aircraft.
How to tell time: On one of its binocular eyes is a conventional watch face while the power reserve indicator sits on the other. The only difference is that you will have to lift the watch up to eye level to read time.
Developed with high-end clock legends L’Epée, the Starfleet Machine is a futuristic sundial made for your table. If it looks familiar, that’s because it's designed after Star Trek’s Deep Space Nine space station. Want one? Better act fast and have CHF28,000 (S$39,750) ready for there are only 175 available.
How to tell time: Easy, just look at its black domed core where the hours and minutes are located, while the two cannons indicate seconds in cycles of 20. Any mental recaliberation is worth it for this work of art.