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MusicMachine 1 Reloaded

Back in 2013, the original MusicMachine 1 opened the floodgate for MB&F to collaborate with external creators on projects outside the scope of the wristwatch; it initiated a new “Co-creations” category that invited MB&F to a world beyond that of miniaturized horology.

With its dual propellers and twin silver cylinders mounted on sleek outrigger landing gear, MusicMachine 1 Reloaded still looks like a spaceship hailing from a galaxy far, far away. Just slightly different than before, in a more aerodynamic, open design.

Like the original version, each of the cylinders on MusicMachine 1 Reloaded plays three tunes, all personally selected by Maximilian Büsser. The left cylinder plays the Star Wars theme, “Imperial March” from The Empire Strikes Back, and the theme from Star Trek. Back on earth, the right cylinder plays Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall,” Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” and John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

MusicMachine 1 Reloaded is a limited edition of 33 pieces in blue, 33 pieces in red, and 33 in black.

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Description

REUGE created MusicMachine 1 Reloaded based on a futuristic spaceship design proposed by MB&F - whose founder, Maximilian Büsser, is a keen fan of all the great sci-fi films and TV series. In collaboration with ECAL design graduate Max Maertens, MB&F evolved the original spaceship design by another ECAL graduate, Xin Wang, while cleverly incorporating all the essential music box features such as musically tuned combs, pinned cylinders, winding mechanisms, mainspring barrels, regulators, and an acoustically optimised case.

What Büsser and Maertens have created is more visually organic than the original MusicMachine, with the young Berlin-based designer additionally introducing the concept of what he calls “more airflow.”

The MusicMachine series is important for Max Maertens, even an inspirational steppingstone of sorts. When he first saw the original MusicMachine back in 2015 as a design student, it inspired him to change his direction and way of thinking. So it was something of a dream come true for him to work on a redesign of precisely this piece. “But I made it into something that is more aerodynamic, more like my own design language,” he explains. This involved Maertens using more science as a base and looking to aerospace engineering. “The entire piece is in kind of a flow,” he says. This is especially visible in the wings, which now look as if they are in a wind tunnel with invisible airflow around them.”

MusicMachine 1 Reloaded

The Creator

REUGE

Based in Sainte-Croix (Switzerland) since 1865, REUGE is considered as the world leader of musical automatons. With more than 155 years of expertise, REUGE manufactures pieces that are technically, acoustically and aesthetically superlative. Combining the motion of an automaton with an exquisite sonority offers an unparalleled experience of the senses. Forward-thinking and innovation define REUGE just as much as its respect for traditional craftsmanship. The Brand relentlessly seeks new materials, original themes and ground-breaking acoustics, making way for the contemporary music automatons of the 21st century. REUGE’s ability to transform inanimate metal into emotion continues to enthral those who seek a true work of art, reaching beyond fleeting trends. While REUGE has a comprehensive collection of both classical and contemporary music automatons, the brand also prides itself on its ability to create bespoke pieces or limited series (like MusicMachine) for discerning clients.

Based in Sainte-Croix (Switzerland) since 1865, REUGE is considered as the world leader of musical automatons. With more than 155 years of expertise, REUGE manufactures pieces that are technically, acoustically and aesthetically superlative. Combining the motion of an automaton with an exquisite sonority offers an unparalleled experience of the senses. Forward-thinking and innovation define REUGE just as much as its respect for traditional craftsmanship. The Brand relentlessly seeks new materials, original themes and ground-breaking acoustics, making way for the contemporary music automatons of the 21st century. REUGE’s ability to transform inanimate metal into emotion continues to enthral those who seek a true work of art, reaching beyond fleeting trends. While REUGE has a comprehensive collection of both classical and contemporary music automatons, the brand also prides itself on its ability to create bespoke pieces or limited series (like MusicMachine) for discerning clients.

Specifications

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MOVEMENT AND FINISHING

Mainplate: nickel-plated brass, decorated with Côtes de Genève.

Mainsprings: wound via propellers. 

Barrels: stainless steel; each with 6 heat-blued screws on top; grooved “piston” sides 

Regulator: fan in stainless steel 

Cylinders: brass 

Cylinder supports: nickel-plated brass 

Pins hand-applied and hand-polished 

Pins per right cylinder: 1,279; pins per left cylinder: 1,399 

Combs: steel alloy and lead; 72 teeth per comb

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MELODIES

Right cylinder – extracts from:
“Another Brick in the Wall” (1979) written by Roger Waters and originally performed by Pink Floyd
“Smoke on the Water” (1973) written and originally performed by Deep Purple
“Imagine” (1971) written and originally performed by John Lennon 

Left cylinder – extracts from:
Star Wars (1977) main title by John Williams
“Imperial March” (1980) by John Williams
Star Trek (1979) main title by Jerry Goldsmith

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EDITION

Limited editions of 33 pieces each in blue, black and red

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WEIGHT

Approximately 3kg

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CASE, FRAME & PLATFORM

Main body: anodized aluminium 

Outriggers: Bead-blasted and anodised aluminium; black matte-anodised for black version 

Dimensions: 381 wide x 476 long x 140mm high

Acoustically-enhancing platform: black wood, matte finish

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