In the exclusive world of classic watch collectors and enthusiasts – Haute Horlogerie to those in the know – a watch that certainly created a storm to remember, was the aptly-named Legacy Machine 1 by MB&F (Max Busser and Friends).
The LM1 broke boundaries in looks, finishing and complications.
In watch engineering circles, the word complication means any function on a watch other than the time display. Complications can range from the very simple and commonplace to extremely rare works of high horology that combine numerous functions – and can take years to create.
As such, the very limited numbers of LM1s produced were snapped up, and collectors had been eagerly anticipating a successor ever since…
So when the Legacy Machine 2 arrived on the scene, they were greeted by both the familiar and the unexpected.
At first glance the LM2 has a similar look and feel as its predecessor; the same huge domed sapphire crystal, the same white lacquered dial and balance wheel that hovers over the dial, hanging from an arched bridge. However this time it isn’t one balance that is suspended above the dial, but two.
To quote the technical description: “The two bespoke balance wheels are equipped with four fully functional timing screws. The two balances feature a Breguet overcoil, for more precise timekeeping. Because of their mirror positioning the balances react differently to all kinds of forces that have effect on them. The distance between the balance wheels has been carefully calculated to avoid resonance, as this would negatively interfere with regulation.”
The engineering that goes into this mechanical precision is breathtaking – matched only by the intricate artistry that gives the watch its stunning good looks. The LM2 is produced in 18k red gold, 18k white gold and a limited edition of 18 pieces in platinum 950 that features a striking sky-blue dial.
Want one? Well as its name suggests, this is a timepiece with a value that will only increase through the years and the generations – so its a real, tangible investment.
The white gold and red gold version are priced at $156,000 USD. The limited edition platinum LM2 comes at a price of $190,000 USD. MB&F also launched a Titanium LM2 earlier this year, limited again to just 18 pieces, with a price-tag of $142,000…
Watch this spectacular work of art and engineering in action: