MB&F Legacy Machine (LM-1)
by Kyle Stults on October 04, 2011
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FIRST LOOK…

Before it is *official*, you see it here first watch fans!  update:  My first call was “HM-5″ (they had me setup good expecting this), but now we know that the first in a new line of “legacy” watches has arrived — behold the new MB&F LM-1 “Legacy Machine”!   The rather “traditional” looking MB&F Legacy Machine (44mm round case–oh yea!!) features a gracefully suspended and slow oscillating (18,000 bph) balance wheel front and center on the dial (see 17-second video below) — the handiwork and creativity of Maximillian Busser’s Watch Jedi “Friends” Kari Voutilainen and Jean-François Mojon, it turns out (more on these guys below).  As well there is a “world first” vertical power reserve (near 6 o’clock), and dual independent time dials.  The dial has great symmetry, right down to the placement of the dual crowns.  The MB&F Legacy Machine price is $92,000.  What a sweet, sweet watch!!!!!

Without further ado, here’s the first *unofficial* look at the new MB&F Legacy Machine (full specs at bottom)…

MB&F “Legacy Machine” (LM-1)

note the beautiful symmetry!!!

Legacy Machine No.1 was conceived when Maximilian Büsser started fantasizing: “What would have happened if I had been born in 1867 instead of 1967? In the early 1900s the first wristwatches appear and I would want to create three-dimensional machines for the wrist, but there are no Grendizers, Star Wars or fighter jets for my inspiration. But I do have pocket watches, the Eiffel Tower and Jules Verne, so what might my 1911 machine look like? It has to be round and it has to be three-dimensional: Legacy Machine No.1 was my answer.”

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movement design:  Jean-François Mojon

movement finishing:  Kari Voutilainen

Both are horological masters in their own right, widely known and appreciated amongst elite watch collectors.  Voutilainen is known for his handmade pieces such as the Observatoire, among other masterpieces. Mojon is creator of the Harry Winston Opus X, among many other remarkable timepieces.  This is the first watch to bear Voutilainen’s name, other than his own.  Mojon has also signed the caliber of the LM1:

front/back of the rose gold model:

So there you have it — the first look at the fifth “horological machine” first “legacy machine” from Maximillian Busser and Friends.

FULL SPECS

Engine:

Three-dimensional horological movement developed 100% for MB&F by Chronode and created by Jean-François Mojon and Kari Voutilainen

Manual winding with single mainspring barrel

Power reserve: 45 hours

Balance wheel: Bespoke 14mm balance wheel with four traditional regulating screws floating above the movement and dials

Balance spring: traditional Breguet curve terminating in mobile stud holde

Balance frequency: 18,000bph/2.5Hz

Number of components: 279

Number of jewels: 23

Chatons: gold chatons with polished countersinks

Fine finishing: superlative hand finishing throughout respecting 19th century style; internal bevel angles highlighting hand craft; polished bevels; Geneva waves; hand-made engravings

Functions:

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

Case:

Available in 18k red gold or 18k white gold

Dimensions: 44mm wide x 16mm high

Number of components: 65

Sapphire crystals:

High domed sapphire crystal on top with anti-reflective coating on both sides; sapphire crystal on back with anti-reflective coating on single side

Strap & Buckle:

Black or brown hand-stitched alligator strap with gold tang buckle to match case

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