One of our favourite watches of MB&F is the Legacy Machine. We have a thing for their creative designs and stunning timepieces however the wearability of the LM makes it stand out. Sadly we just learned that they are launching their last version which brings and end to the series.
MB&F Legacy Machine
For this occasion they came up with a special limited edition that, unlike previous watches, has been made in stainless steel. Quite an unique thing as this metal is hardly used for their horological creations. Fitted with a dark brown dial and matching strap whilst comparing it to a bittersweet celebration. MB&F compares the colour to 85-percent chocolate which gives it a great contrast with the dial and case.
After the first launch of the Legacy Machine six years have gone by. About 435 watches have been made in that period. Now, the Legacy Machine N°1 Final Edition brings the LM1 series to a close. We are curious to see what MB&F will be hiding under their sleeve in the near future.
What ain’t broke
Convention dictates that you shouldn’t try and fix what ain’t broke. Products enjoying success and popularity should also get to enjoy longevity. The LM1 Final Edition overturns conventional thought by taking its last bow. Just as the Legacy Machine collection gains ever more acclaim and momentum.
Back in 2011 the Legacy Machine N°1 debuted three unique technical features. Two of which continue to set the LM1 series apart to this day. The cinematic balance which is suspended from an arched bridge is an icon of the Legacy Machine collection. The two time displays in enamel that are based on a single movement. Both allow autonomous setting without reference to fixed time zones. Then there is the vertical power-reserve indicator which offers a strongly intuitive and legible reading of barrel wind. Combining traditional mechanisms actually placed in modern configurations.
Steel over gold
Choosing a material for this last version of Legacy Machine N°1, MB&F went for steel over precious metals. The recent elevation of steel as a worthy case material for high-end watchmaking has a twofold outcome for the LM1 Final Edition. Echoing the strength and enduring appeal of the series which strengthens the focus on the beauty of the LM1 Engine.
The dark chocolate-toned face of the LM1 Final Edition is not the first instance of this colour appearing in an MB&F creation. Wherever and whenever it occurs in the MB&F collections, the deep brown hue signals a special occasion. Breaking out the treats and the Legacy Machine N°1 Final Edition is no exception to this rule. The launch of the last LM1 may be a bittersweet celebration for some as the edition is limited to 18 pieces. Hence MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser pinpoints it at 85-percent dark chocolate.
Retail price of the LM1 Final Edition is CHF/USD 79,000 + VAT.
- Available as final edition limited to 18 pieces in stainless steel.
- Dimensions: 44 x 16mm
- Three-dimensional horological movement developed for MB&F by Jean-François Mojon and Kari Voutilainen
- Manual winding with single mainspring barrel
- Power reserve: 45 hours
- Bespoke 14mm flying balance wheel visible on top of the movement
- 279 components / 23 jewels
- Superlative hand finishing throughout respecting 19th century style
FUNCTIONS / INDICATIONS
- Hours and minutes; completely independent dual time zones displayed on two dials; unique vertical power reserve
- Left crown at 8 o’clock for setting time of left dial; right crown at 4 o’clock for setting time of right dial and winding