MB&F: Legacy Machine No 1

MB&F: Legacy Machine No 1

I have to admit that this watch exercises a certain difficult to describe fascination on me.

While I noticed MB&F for the first time at Baselworld in 2010, and initially was not sure what to think of their watches, it raised enough interest that I went out to learn more about their watches after I returned from Basel.

First, I think it is wonderful to see a more classic round shaped timepiece made by them.  More than that, it is amazing what they made of it.

MB&F creates avantgarde and futuristic timepieces that many people may call crazy, unbelievable, extreme, wild and they may consider their watches very polarising.  Some may love it, some may hate it.  All shall be fascinated one way or the other nevertheless.

With its monumental central balance; superlatively finished movement; completely independent dual time zones; unique vertical power reserve indicator and elegant annular case, Legacy Machine No.1 (LM1) is a tribute to the great innovators of traditional watchmaking; and above all, an authentic three-dimensional MB&F Machine.

Legacy Machine No.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 No.1 proudly bears the names of both its creators, and is the first calibre other than Voutilainen’s own to bear his name.

Dial and Indications: The rate keeping of the twin dials is controlled by the same regulator (balance and escapement) so that once set, the two times stay perfectly synchronised with each other. Both the hours AND minutes on both dials can be set to any time desired via their respective crowns.

(Source: text stems in part from the MB&F Pressrelease, pictures are from MB&F, courtesy to Charris Y.)

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