MB&F has unveiled its latest horological machine today, the LM101. Only Max Busser and Friends could create a watch like this! With an intention “to capture the very essence of the Legacy line” (which include the LM1 and LM2), MB&F describes the new LM101 is the most classic, purest Legacy variation to date. The new Legacy Machine clear shares DNA with the line, but at 40mm the case is -4mm vs. the prior LMs, and it is simpler in that it has only one subsidiary dial for the time and another for the power reserve. However, the magnificent 14mm flying balance wheel again takes center stage. There’s one more very special feature, one that cannot be seen: the Legacy Machine 101 houses the very first movement developed entirely in-house by MB&F.
As with Legacy Machine 1 of 2011, MB&F has again teamed up with two of the most talented watchmakers alive: Jean-François Mojon and his team at Chronode, and the inimitable Kari Voutilainen. Legacy Machine No.2, shown above in one of 18 pieces that will be done in platinum case and blue dial ($190,000 per), is also available in 18k red or white gold ($156,00 per). The movement has two independent escapements, with two beautifully shaped flying balance wheels floating high above the dial, linked by a a planetary differential which transmits the average rates of those balance wheels to a single gear train. The watch appears immaculately finished as well. Absolutely gorgeous, this is a beautiful evolution of LM1 and I love it. See it in action — video action — below.
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Inspired in part by an obscure 1970s watch known as the Amida Digitrend, MB&F today unveiled its fifth “horological machine”. Introducing the piece, MB&F says the HM5 (Horological Machine 5) “may appear relatively simple, but it’s complicated: the hour and minute displays look straightforward, but they are bi-directional jumping hours with indications inversed, reflected 90° to the vertical and magnified 20%; HM5 has a futuristic case design, but it’s from the 1970s; HM5 has a mechanical movement, but it was inspired by an era when quartz was King; the rear louvres on supercars block light, but on HM5 they let it in; HM5 has exhaust pipes, but they drain water.”
As shown below, the HM5 is direct homage to the daring and rebellious Amida Digitrend which refused to accept the quartz revolution of the 1970s. Though unlike the steel case and the acrylic prism of the Amida Digitrend, MB&F Chief Max Busser has brought the watch into the 21st century with modern day high tech materials and precision mechanics. Rear window lourvres of 70s supercars also played a key role in the HM5 design.
Price: 54000 CHF (about $58k at current f/x), limited to just 66 pieces.
Full run down with lots of pics, below
Outta this world…
First look at a splendid new release from the boundary-pushing watchmakers at MB&F (“Maximillian Busser & Friends”). This is the MB&F MOONMACHINE, by Finnish watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva. Before launching his own brand Sarpaneva Watches in 2003, Stepan Sarpaneva worked with some of the most prestigious Swiss brands including Piaget & Parmigiani where he worked alongside Kari Voutilainen, Vianney Halter and Christophe Claret. The MOONMACHINE is the first of the MB&F “Performance Art” done in collaboration with a watchmaker – and the first to endow a Horological Machine with a new complication (moonphase). According to MB&F, the HM3 Frog design was chosen as the MOONMACHINE platform because the large movement opening in the dial side provides space for the watchmaker to play – and the bulbous indication domes of the Frog are reminiscent of how science fiction buffs have long imagined habitable domes on the Moon. I think that the MB&F HM2 “Alain Silberstein” is still my favorite, but this is a very inspiring piece, kudos to MB&F on an excellent outcome! If you are interested, the MB&F Moonmachine price is $98,000 US.
MB&F HM3 MOONMACHINE
limited edition 18 pieces in each of 3 case metals (see below for more pics)
Maximillian Busser (left), “Sarpanea Moon”, Stepan Sarpaneva (right)
MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser explains how MOONMACHINE began: “Stepan and I were chatting and he said, ‘You know what, Max? You need a moon in one of your Machines’. I thought about it and then replied, “You know what, Stepan? I think you are right, we do need a moon.’ The rest, as they say, is history.”
MB&F HM3 MOONMACHINE (Video)
To create MOONMACHINE, Stepan has reconfigured the HM3 Frog by 90° and added his iconic “moon-face” moon-phase indicator complication set amidst a multi-layered panorama of northern stars.
Black Titanium Case
Based on Stepan’s own face, the phase of the moon is displayed through a signature Korona-shaped aperture, while the mystery winding rotor takes the form of a 22k gold disc with laser-pierced stars forming constellations visible in the northern sky.
Red Gold Case
Full details and more looks at http://www.mbandf.com/machines/performance-art/moonmachine/