There are only a handful of watches out there that carry with them the virtues of being a timepiece that combines theatrics with beauty in the same way that MB&F’s Legacy Machine Perpetual does. There is an ode to tasteful dramatism within the Legacy Machine Perpetual, and its aesthetic is one that is like a visual symphony, a harmonious take on a complex mechanism laid out to bare in a way that is unlike anything I’ve ever come across.
At 44mm in diameter and 17.5mm in depth, the Legacy Machine Perpetual Titanium’s dimensions seem quite large, but on the wrist, it wears incredibly well. Its high profile, engineered of course to cater for the 14mm wide flying balance wheel, is structured in a way that it blends seamlessly into the case. This reduces the dome’s height significantly so from the central apex of the crystal to its sloped edges. This is a very thoughtful design, and one I can imagine went through many different iterations.
The Legacy Machine Perpetual Titanium’s openworked dial is the piece de resistance, and if you’ve yet to see one in person I do implore you to see one in the flesh. It really is quite magnificent. The metallic green dial changes shades of colour depending the light it’s been exposed to. It can go from a striking green to a deep ocean-like green colour, and anywhere in between. There is a clear distinction between the indicators, too. At 6 o’clock you have the hours and minutes, at 3 o’clock you have the day indicator, at 6 o’clock you have the month indicator, and at 9 o’clock you have the date indicator. Additionally, between the day and month sub-dial registers you have the Legacy Machine Perpetual Titanium’s power reserve indicator, while the leap year indicator is located between the month and date sub-dials. And in the centre of the dial you have the stunning flying balance wheel, suspended between two polished bridges, hovering over the mass of mechanical mastery like a UFO.
The movement powering the Legacy Machine Perpetual Titanium is a thing of marvel, too. And lucky for you, virtually all of the 581-components of the movement are visible. The movement features superlative hand finishing throughout the integrated perpetual calendar system developed by Stephen McDonnell. This of course features a dial-side complication, as well as a power reserve of 72-hours. What you may not know is that MB&F and Stephen McDonnell have implemented a mechanical processor system with an in-built safety mechanism to prevent date skipping or gear jamming. This specific movement design allows for a more user-friendly experience and greater enjoyment of a watch that should ideally have brought ample amounts of thrill and joy to your life.
The Legacy Machine Perpetual Titanium represents true watchmaking artistry. The masterful approach Max Busser, Stephen McDonnell and the team at MB&F have taken to creating the Legacy Machine Perpetual Titanium is astounding, and it’s one that should be commended. The combination of the sleek look of the titanium case couples well with the ever-changing nature of that green metallic dial, and the movement architecture throughout really leads one to believe that this could very well be one of the world’s most incredible timepieces. It’s a thoughtful approach to intriguing mechanics and beautiful aesthetics, and its creation is a reflection of the ingenuity belonging to Max Busser & Friends. The MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual Titanium is available in a limited-run of only 50-pieces and costs $148,000 Usd.
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