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MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement.

Independent watchmaking in the 21st century is ripe with innovation, creativity, adventurous spirt and dynamism. I feel so privileged and fortunate to have the opportunity to cover watches of that calibre, and the Legacy Machine Split Escapement is definitely no exception. Created as an extension of the famed Legacy Machine family, the Split Escapement is […]

Our Favorite Tourbillons of 2017

Richard Mille RM 050 Jean Todt 50th Anniversary Made in honour of Jean Todt’s celebrated motorsports career, of which he delivered a whopping 14 Formula One world titles to Ferrari, the RM 050 is in itself a trophy for the ages. With Jean Todt’s favourite colour being one of the standout aesthetic features of the […]

MB&F L´Epée 1839 Octopod

Octopod continues MB&F’s exploration of aquatic themes with an eight-leg, eight-day clock inspired by cephalopods, marine chronometers and The Abyss – blending contemporary design with kinetic sculpture and a transparent bubblelled with precision horology. Conceived by MB&F and built by Switzerland’s premier clock maker, L’Epée 1839 Octopod stands or crouches thanks to its eight articulated legs. […]

Only Watch 2017 Charity Auction.

For the second time since its first edition in 2005, the world renowned biennial charity auction “Only Watch” will be staging in Geneva, epicenter of the world´s finest watchmakers. On 11 November, this exceptional fundraising for research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy will be opening the autumn Geneva watch auction week, in presence of hundreds of […]

MB&F Horological Machine Alien Nation N°6

Some might even say that the visitors landed a long time ago, in 1947, to be exact. It was 70 years ago that an unidentified flying object crash-landed in Roswell, New Mexico, sparking wild tales of alien visitations and government cover-ups. The nuclear age was slowly but surely giving way to the space age, and […]

The New Nixie Machine II by Frank Buchwald at the M.A.D.Gallery

Frank Buchwald’s impressively detailed works were part of the initial line-up of artists showcased at the inauguration of the first M.A.D.Gallery in Geneva. Buchwald’s intrepid Machine Lights followed by the first Nixie Machine inspired the admiration of MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser from the start, landing Buchwald’s work a permanent exhibit at the M.A.D.Galleries. Nixie Machine […]

MB&F Legacy Machine Nº1 Final Edition

The Legacy Machine N°1 Final Edition brings the LM1 series to a close, and does so with the signature MB&F flair for the unexpected. Convention dictates that you shouldn’t try and fix what ain’t broke, that products enjoying success and popularity should also get to enjoy longevity. The LM1 Final Edition overturns conventional thought by taking […]

SIHH 2017: MB&F HM7 Horological Machine N7, aka HM7 Aquapod

After pushing the boundaries of horological exploration by blasting into outer space (HM2, HM3, HM6), launching into the sky (HM4), and powering down the road and around the track (HM5, HMX, HM8), MB&F plunges into the water with Horological Machine N7, aka HM7 Aquapod. Indications On the MB&F Horological Machine N7 hours and minutes are […]

MB&F Legacy Machine 1 (LM1)

Wild, extreme, outrageous, unrestrained: all might be used to describe MB&F’s futuristic Horological Machines, but traditional, classical… round? With its monumental central balance; superlatively finished movement; completely independent dual time zones; unique vertical power reserve indicator and elegant annular case, Legacy Machine N°1 (LM1) is a tribute to the great innovators of traditional watchmaking; and above all, an authentic three-dimensional MB&F Machine.Legacy Machine 1

In fidelity to high-quality 19th century pocket watches, LM1 features a sedately oscillating (2.5 Hz), large diameter balance with traditional Breguet overcoil suspended from majestic twin arches, its enigmatic regulating mechanism in full view, but without apparent connection to the movement. Both the hours and minutes on each of the two sub dials can be set completely independently of each other  (dual time zone complications usually do not allow independent adjustment of the minutes) their domed dials further reinforcing visual references to the golden age of watchmaking (1780-1850). Looking like a miniature sextant, a world-first vertical power reserve indicator keeps track of available power while providing a visual three-dimensional counterpoint to the graceful arches supporting the balance.

Legacy Machine 1
Legacy Machine 1
Legacy Machine 1
Legacy Machine 1

Legacy Machine 1

Gazing down through Legacy Machine N°1’s crystal clear bubble sapphire dome to the micro-mechanical fantasy below, it’s easy to imagine Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo looking upon the mythical underwater city of Atlantis.

Legacy Machine N°1’s transcendental in-house movement bears testimony to the enormous talent of its creators. Jean-François Mojon and his team at Chronode (Best Watchmaker Prize at the 2010 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève) met the considerable challenge of developing the calibre for LM1 from a blank sheet, while acclaimed independent watchmaker Kari Voutilainen took responsibility for the aesthetic design and for strictly ensuring the utmost respect for tradition and finish. Immaculate Geneva waves, highly-polished gold chatons and bridges with impeccably executed bevels following deliberate internal angles (which cannot be finished by machine) showcase the movement’s absolutely peerless fine-finishing. The movement of Legacy Machine N°1 proudly bears the names of both its creators, and is the first calibre other than Voutilainen’s own to bear his name.

Retail Price: $92,000 USD, for more info. on MB&F, click here.

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