Five minutes with: MB&F’s Maximilian Büsser
Looking at Maximilian Büsser’s life and career to date, it becomes evident that MB&F is a natural progression of his entrepreneurial spirit.
Graduating in Lausanne with a Master’s degree in Micro-Technology Engineering, Büsser’s love for high-end horology was imprinted by his first employer, Jaeger-LeCoultre. He spent seven years in their senior management team during an exciting period of change and growth.
Büsser was appointed managing director of Harry Winston Rare Timepieces in 1998 – when he was just 31. During his seven years tenure he transformed the company into a well-respected haute horlogerie brand. Working with talented independent watchmakers on the innovative and revolutionary Opus series of timepieces gave him great satisfaction and planted the seed for developing that concept further.
In 2005, the desire to allow his creativity and energy full reign saw Max resign from Harry Winston to form his creative ideal: MB&F.
With his new company, Maximilian Büsser has full creative liberty to indulge in his passion for working with the most talented independent horological professionals – pushing the limits of horology into a new dimension.
Aficionado caught up with Büsser for this week’s five-minute interview:
1. What is your favourite travel destination?
For work, Singapore and for holidays, a new destination each time
2. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A car designer – I would sketch cars all day long from the age of four until I was 18
3. If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
4. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
All my past mentors to say thank you
5. If you could go back in time, where would you go?
July 20, 1969 at Cap Canaveral
[On this day, American astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin landed on the Moon’s surface while Michael Collins orbited overhead in the Command Module.]
6. What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
To always treat people the way you want to be treated