In the world of independent watchmaking, when Maximilian Büsser speaks, everybody listens. He has spoken today with the announcement of the latest watch in the MB&F collection, at a new entry level price.
The Legacy Machine series from MB&F are designed to be classical looking, yet with the movement which is visually arresting and beautiful. The LM101 was born from a desire to provide a more comfortable entry level to the world of MB&F watches, both to the wallet and for those who are perhaps smaller in wrist or prefer smaller watches. The new LM101 is offered in either a 18k rose or white gold case measuring 40mm in diameter, as opposed to 44mm for the LM1 and LM2.
The movement is now developed in-house in MB&F, instead of the collaboration of Mojon for the first two Legacy Machines. All three feature the finishing specification and aesthetic design by Kari Voutilainen. Though superficially looking similar to the other two, especially when looking at the sensuously flowing bridges of the movement, but the movement is almost totally redesigned and new.
The design is simplified from the LM1 by omitting the second timezone and replacing the vertical power reserve indicator with one which is more classical and simpler. The same stretched vinyl over the slightly convex dial technique is used to provide a unique 3 dimensional look and feel to the watch. Note also the hands are curved to follow the contour of the curved dial, an attention to detail which makes MB&F interesting.
The movement is very classical in design and execution. With large, some would describe it as oversized jewels held in gold chatons. The anglage on every bridge edge is beautifully done, nicely polished and gleams in the light. The Côtes de Genève decoration applied to the bridges are magnificently executed, with a course graining aesthetic which is rather fetching.
We think this sets a new level for MB&F fans, with the finishing and the innovative features we have come to expect from them. What do you think?
I like it, lovely detail and finishing. I could look at the movement all day. However, you forgot the most important detail. What is the price? A new entry level price will still probably be out of reach of most people and with the fit and finish here, I suspect it will be in the 30 – 60k range. I would love to be wrong, but I doubt it. Great watch though!