MB&F Legacy Machine No. 1 Watch
Welcome to a new side of MB&F. This new watch is not a new Horological Machine. It does not exist as part of any current collection from the forward thinking brand. Rather, this is the first watch in MB&F’s new product family – this is the Legacy Machine 1 (LM1). The Legacy Machine watches will exist as the other side of MB&F. Their products from now on will either fall into the Horological Machine range or the Legacy Machine range. Retaining the MB&F DNA all around, these watch collections will be like family members separated by 100 years of history.
For Max Busser of MB&F, the Horological Machine collection of watches are extensions of the things that inspired him while growing up. Things such as race cars, planes, and spaceships. The Legacy Machines use this same idea, but under the fantasy assumption that Max was born 100 years earlier. The idea makes sense when he talks about it. Busser is talented at delivering his ideas and motives so naturally you’d believe them to be part of his overall life plan. Spoken from anyone else’s mouth, this concept might make you scratch your head. So please, imagine if you will a Max Busser born in the late 19th century and focused on the future, as see by the world then. What would inspire him? Well according to Busser it would be things such as the Eiffel tower and people such as Jules Verne. This watch is about retro-futurism.
The movement of the LM1 is where MB&F wants you to focus most of your attention. The design of the movement was conceived by master watch movement architect Jean-François Mojon and his team. He worked closely with MB&F to bring to life the idea of having a large prominent balance wheel inspired by the golden-age of pocket watches. The balance wheel not only looks unique but is large being 14mm wide and running at the hypnotic rate of 18,000 bph. This slower rate allows you to really see it moving more clearly and appreciate the movement of the wheel on your wrist at all time. The balance wheel and escapement mechanism are mounted on two arches and use a Breguet overcoil and special regulation screws unique to the LM1 watch. While a different concept all together, the case and balance wheel design of the LM1 reminds that of Bernhard Lederer’s Gagarin Tourbillon watch.
The movement itself is very interesting and actually produced and finished by another very admired watch industry talent: Kari Voutilainen. Kari is more or less considered by watch makers and collector’s alike as being a “super guy.” He is also pretty good at making timepieces. Mojon is the movement architect and Voutilainen is the guy who makes them. Both gentlemen are honored on the movement itself with their names being signed in cursive on a bridge visible through the exhibition caseback. The movement is highly finished and beautiful, but not in an ostentatious manner. MB&F has always impressed us with their movement finishing, and here they get to express their dedication to detail on a very classic looking caliber.