This week we have chosen to do something a bit different than normal. In past articles we have written about the brand and picked a watch that we are interested in. This week we were fortunate enough to be able to ask Mitchell Button, the founder of Meisturwerk Machinen, a series of questions. We have also put a few photos in to showcase the merchandise that they have available. We hope you enjoy as we get to delve into the inner thoughts of Mitchell and find out were he hopes to take this brand.
Could you give us a bit of a history about yourself and Meisterwerk Machinen?
My name is Mitchell Button and I am an obsessive compulsive horology / auto / motorcycle / motorsport / couture / photography / design / decor mavin. Meisturwerk Machinen is and always will be a representation of my passions and an outlet for me to share with the world and to gain a following & foundation of like minded people. I founded Meisturwerk Machinen in London, England with nothing but a vision and 100GPB shortly after becoming accustomed to British standard & tradition. I believed that if I couldn’t build a business with only those two ingredients then it wasn’t a business I would care to pour my life & soul into.
Where does the name Meisturwerk Machinen come from?
Meisterstuck- German word for masterpiece.
Uhrwerk- German word for clockwork.
Maschinen- German word for machine.
Disected and fused to formulate Meisturwerk Machinen, this branding is informally translated as “Masterpiece Clockwork Machines”.
What started this whole venture off?
Collecting…or rather “hoarding” fine timepieces. I once worked for a retailer to all my beloved makers such as Audemars Piguet, Hublot, Rolex, Panerai, Patek Phillippe & many others. One of the benefits (and illnesses) of my mind is that I can only truly enjoy something after researching and learning everything that I can about said subject. While representing these historical giants I spent the vast majority of my time researching their history from beginning to present and while doing so participated in the many training levels offered by the brands to further dealer knowledge on manufacturing and production process. I believe that the rich history & implemented training is what poured gasoline on my fire and at that point I was hooked. Between studying Architecture & Design at university / building my motorcycles & cars from the ground up and basically since birth tearing anything in my possession apart to sort out its mechanics, I have had a niche for creating “something from nothing” and this was the moment that most people would consider the realization of what you were put on this earth to do…your contribution to society. I accumulated a vast collection of amazing pieces while working for the jeweler & shortly after stepping foot on British soil I embarked on a new addictive journey…custom leather straps. I find the beauty in leather straps to be their ability to completely transform a timepiece…they can mold something old into something new again. I always say “if it can be done, I will find a way”, so upon my entry to London and staying true to this I began the many trial and error phases of learning the leather trade so that I could fabricate my own straps. As time passed and techniques were perfected I began to receive requests for commissioned jobs and was always inclined to help. As you now know this evolved into my sole profession and I spent all of my time on leather straps / laptop sleeves / hand crafted buckles. Just as everything is, this was soon not enough so I began dissecting my collected timepieces & modifying them to fit my “vision” of how I would like them to be. As these techniques were perfected they evolved into the more intricate workings of fabricating my own pieces from scratch taking tips from the vintage pieces I was so accustomed to and the techniques of the watchmakers from that era that have currently subsided. This as you now know has evolved into a vast product line and the larger mass production of my individually branded timepieces. Somehow I feel that immortality is a metaphor in the way that we can live forever…but only by leaving a legacy. I would like for Meisturwerk Machinen to be my legacy.
What made you choose this direction for your brand (watches, straight razors, driving gloves)?
I base my designs and product lines off of my interests…Fortunately for myself and for my clients I have an addictive personality and while some opt for drugs or alcohol I choose to addict myself to the finer things in life which in turn makes for a vast array of interests & products.
What are the specifications of the MM-01?
For those interested in the specifications of the MM-01, click the following link.
What made you decide to try and do all of this by yourself?
For me the most important foundation of succession in any business is support…So if you believe in the same principals as I do, I am in fact the opposite of alone in this as my wife provides more support for my insanity than any corporation or financial institution could hope to match. I do however choose to work alone as I find it difficult to find anyone as obsessive and driven as myself and even if individuals who lived through their obsessions were an abundant resource it would then be difficult to find anyone who shares the same vision of the light at the end of the tunnel…and if that were abundantly available it would then be difficult to find anyone with the intention of traveling the tunnel in the same vessel at the same speed. The world is full of talented amazing people and everyone is fueled by a different octane but in the end what enables us to enjoy the passions of like minded people is that all artists do what they want, when they want and how they want to do it in order for their product to be as genuine as can be. While some find it easier to bounce ideas off of one another I somehow find clarity with keeping everything in my mind until laying it down on paper and ultimately manufacturing the product. I would like to expand Meisturwerk Machinen in the not too distant future so having explained my history and thought process I would like to add that I am leaving all doors open and will certainly not turn down any opportunities that enable this expansion.
Where do you see this taking you and where do you see Meisturwerk Machinen in the future?
I only have one formula and that is to never slow down…We have one life and with endless opportunities we would be wasteful to not take advantage of them all regardless of the outcome. I have noted one constant of my progress thus far with Meisturwerk Machinen and it’s that over time my work only amplifies and never decreases so I can guarantee that the one thing you can rely on is that you will only see my label grow and expand into more divisions over time. I live through my label and believe that the best labels are those built on a foundation of soul and experience so considering my vast array of interests I can honestly say that I haven’t even yet planted the first tree in the orchard that I plan to make the future of my Meisturwerk Machinen. In terms of the near future…You can expect the drop of MM-02 as we roll into 2014 and MM-03 following shortly after.
For more information on Meisturwerk Machinen head to their website http://www.meisturwerkmachinen.com or to their Instagram which is @meisturwerk_machinen
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All photos taken by the guys at Meisturwerk Machinen.
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