Opened in January 2016 in Alserkal Avenue, Dubai's art district, the gallery has been a fabulous asset in promoting MB&F within the United Arab Emirates. Sixteen months on, following discussions with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the decision was taken to up the stakes and move to new premises inside the giant Dubai Mall.
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The Aquapod first made a splash in 2017. MB&F's aquatic timepiece now returns with a titanium case plus a green sapphire bezel. This Horological Machine HM7 is limited to 50 pieces.
For their latest collaboration, MB&F and L'Epée give us... an intergalactic weather station named The Fifth Element. It comprises a clock, a barometer, a hygrograph and a thermometer (as detachable pods) within a mothership, flown by an alien.
Denis Flageollet, the man behind De Bethune, automaton-maker François Junod and Nicolas Court, creator of mechanical objects, are launching a course in artistic mechanics in Sainte-Croix, with the aim of helping to maintain the region's unique expertise.
Whether for geek appeal or to channel the inner kidult, fine watchmaking is finding pop culture's iconic characters impossible to resist. Mickey Mouse, Spiderman, James Bond, Hulk and company have taken over our dials. But are these childhood heroes built to last?
What's new in the Carré des Horlogers? How about magnificent guillochage, splendid complications, a hefty dose of innovation and some not-what-you-expected designs. "Carré" may be French for square, these contemporary brands have no trouble thinking outside the box.
For its latest Legacy Machine, MB&F plays around with how the classic escapement is built. The result is a balance that appears to float above the dial, seemingly disconnected from any source of power.
A look back at 2017 as we train the spotlight on a revolutionary oscillator and some remarkable achievements in materials, astronomical complications and artistic creations. Not forgetting some milestone anniversaries.