The movement inside is similar to that in the regular Octa with 120 hours power reserve and big date, with the main difference being the aluminium bridges in the Octa Sport. Together with the aluminium case, the Octa Sport weighs only 52 g. The case diameter is 42 mm. But given Journe’s reputation for delicate movements, I wonder how this will hold up as a sports watch. – SJX
Maximilian Büsser recently opened the MAD Gallery in Geneva, located at 11 Rue Verdaine, in the Old Town not far from the MB&F offices. This is not a boutique solely for his MB&F brand of horological machines, though some of the machines like the Legacy Machine 1 are on sale.
Rather it’s a store dedicated to all manner of Mechanical Art Devices (MAD). This is a toy store for the boy in every man. It is stocked with all manner of quirky and cool gadgets. It is easy to see how the whole carefully curated, idiosyncratic vibe fits in with the Horological Machines.
The most striking objects in the shop are undoubtedly the lamps, hand-made by Frank Buchwald. Herr Buchwald makes the entirely lamp by hand (true in-house craftsmanship), with each design being unique. They all resemble equipment from the lab of Dr Frankenstein.
Not only are the lamps visually impressive, they are very well made and finished. They feel and look like high quality products. These cost about CHF8000 each, and are already some of the most expensive items in the shop save the watches, which illustrates how affordable most of the gadgets are.
(More photos of other lamps at the end of the post.) Another thing that caught my eye was this display comprised of mini Stirling engines from Boehm. A Stirling engine works by expansion and compression of air inside a cylinder that drives a piston. Made from steel, brass and wood, these miniatures are driven by heat from burning alcohol. The Boehm website lists the dozens of models they make, including videos of each in action, which are enough to make you want to buy one.
And then there are these little battery-operated automatons made by Laikingland. The pair at the back are clapping hands. Turn them on and the little hands clap. But you know what they say about self praise.
The other object is a hand with tapping fingers for the impatient to show their impatience. In the window facing the street is a robot by Japanese engineer Tatsuya Matsui. Apparently it learns from the movements of people who pass by and interact with it through the store window.
MAD Gallery also has these little cars by Slovenian design Nika Zupac, which are literally toys. They are good for display or for juvenile locomotion.