It’s not enough for MB&F to make crazy, high-end ($US158,000) watches like the M4 Thunderbolt. It has also decided to make a music box that looks like an alien spaceship, with the MusicMachine. Not for MB&F is the humble music box. The Swiss watchmaker has joined with Reuge, a 150-year-old Swiss music box maker, to make a music player that displays thinking outside the box. Outside the atmosphere really.
The MB&F MusicMachine is 395 wide x 475 long x 165 mm high, and weighs 2.97 kilograms. The amplification chamber is made of walnut, while the outriggers are bead-blasted and anodised aluminium, the barrels stainless steel, and the cylinders of brass. There is a left and right cylinder, each with seventy-two notes, and that each play three different tunes.
On the right cylinder:
‘Another Brick in the Wall’ (1979) – Pink Floyd
‘Smoke on the Water’ (1973) – Deep Purple
‘Imagine’ (1971) – John Lennon
And on the left cylinder:
‘Star Wars’ (1977) main title by John Williams
Star Wars ‘Imperial March’ (1980) by John Williams
‘Star Trek’ (1979) main title by Jerry Goldsmith
So, it’s two radio station playing extracts of songs – 35 seconds in length – with classic rock on one side, and sci-fi on the other.
Only 66 of the MB&F MusicMachines have been made, 33 in black, and 33 in white. The price? A little over $14,500 Australian.
MB&F MusicMachine photo gallery
MB&F MusicMachine video
Click below to watch this video interview with Charris Yadigaroglou, the Head of Communications for MB&F. See the MusicMachine in action, learn a little more about the design, and hear some of the song extracts.