Ian’s Highlights from Watches and Wonders Week 2024

Watches and Wonders 2024, has closed it’s doors on an exhibition that was bigger than ever with a record 54 exhibiting brands. Plus, there were many brands exhibiting offsite in hotels and their own premises. here are a few of Ian Skellern’s highlights from Watches and Wonders week 2024

M.A.D.Editions ✕ Jean Charles de Castelbajac ‘Time to Love’

With the M.A.D.Editions ✕ Jean Charles de Castelbajac ‘Time to Love’, not for the first time, nor I expect the last time, Max Büsser has surprised me. This time by making all previous editions of the hitherto bonkers looking M.A.D.1 look boring.

MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT Onyx Edition: Perhaps the Best FlyingT Yet

As the FlyingT is an MB&F it does things differently. This starts with its stacked movement. A significant part of the gear train is placed on top of each other and topped off with a flying tourbillon. But it’s that black dial that makes it absolutely stunning!

New Release: MB&F LM Perpetual EVO Blue

In 2015 with the launch of LM Perpetual. Irish watchmaker and movement designer extraordinaire Stephen McDonnell reinvented the previously breakage-prone perpetual calendar complication and LM Perpetual transformed MB&F from a serious design-led boutique brand into a very serious horological brand.
Now MB&F has introduced LM Perpetual EVO BLUE, in titanium with light blue dial plate.

MB&F HM11 Architect: A Slow Motion Fidget Spinner for the Wrist

The MB&F HM11 earns its name Architect by the inspiration for its case design. Its inspiration comes from 1960s architecture, and one could imagine seeing this shape, enlarged to life-size, as a comfortable home overseeing the Mediterranean.

M.A.D.1 Red Owner’s Review: The Spirit of Something Greater and the Most Affordable Horological Machine by Maximilian Büsser (Plus Videos) – Reprise

Joshua Munchow is the fortunate owner on a M.A.D.1 Red. Here he explains how he came to have a M.A.D.1 Red and what he thinks of it after a few months on his wrist.

A Must-See for Everyone! Horological Neophytes, All Industry Professionals (including Marketing/Communication/Admin), and Press, this talk by Stephen McDonnell is For You – Don’t Miss This!

I estimate I’ve seen – and have personally moderated 10 Dubai Watch Week Horological Forums talks – around 80 of these ‘events’, and many  have been very, very, good: either. But at the 2023 fair I saw one that just blew me away (and I’m a jaded old industry veteran). Don’t miss this!

H. Moser & Cie x MB&F Streamliner Pandamonium: The Most Unique Watch in the Only Watch 2023 Auction

For a minute repeater, the volume and clarity of the sound is important. The Moser x MB&F Streamliner Pandamonium is made from stainless steel and has hollowed-out segments inside the case to amplify the sound. But it’s the Panda playing DJ that makes this unique piece repeater so special.

MB&F LM Sequential EVO Dual Chronograph: An Ingenious Application of a Simple Idea (That Nobody had Thought of Before) – Reprise

Ian Skellern usually starts explaining a wristwatch with a tour of the watch’s dial and main features, but the LM Sequential EVO is a monument to its mirror-image dual chronograph with Twinverter function movement so here he starts with the best part: its movement.

5 of the World’s Most Expensive Pilot’s Watches from Patek Philippe, Breguet, MB&F, IWC, and Richard Mille – Reprise

Whether you are a desk pilot who enjoys aviation-themed watches or a jetsetter who flies the friendly skies in private Gulfstreams, these 5 watches will deliver the perfect flair of sophistication with an abundance of horological clout. And a price tag to match!