Wednesday, December 18, 2013

MB&F - Legacy Machine No 2

MB&F has done it again - with Legacy Machine Number 2, it changed from one-engine-two-dials to two-engines-one-dial.

Max calls it Kinetic Art - art in motion and I cannot agree more. Watching the two escapement beats simultaneously driving the watch is amazing. In actual fact, LM2 continued from LM1 with both technical experts Jean-Francois Mojon and Kari Voutilainen continuing from LM1. There are a lot of similarities but the one-to-two was changed to two-for-one. Coming in three metals, the platinum with blue dial is limited to 18 pieces while the rose gold and white gold versions are unlimited although production is limited to a very small number per year.
Legacy Machine No 2 Trio photo LegacyMachineNumber2Trio01.jpg

Inspired by the Duality by Philippe Dufour, Max felt he needed to create a watch with double balance wheel. What the team came up with not only pays homage to the past but also created a watch where two balance wheels driving one single gear train. Without going too much into the technical, the differential basically averages out the variation of the two balance wheels.

The lacquered dial is at the 12 o'clock position and the differential at the 6 o'clock position. The two balance wheels are suspended over the dial and the differential. The platinum comes with a blue (PVD) dial.
Legacy Machine No 2 Platinum photo LegacyMachineNumber2Plat04.jpg
Legacy Machine No 2 Platinum photo LegacyMachineNumber2Plat06.jpg

The rose gold version comes with a silver dial. Notice the high domed sapphire crystal.
Legacy Machine No 2 Rose Gold photo LegacyMachineNumber2RG03.jpg
Legacy Machine No 2 Rose Gold photo LegacyMachineNumber2RG02.jpg

The movement is well finished - very compact and reminiscent of a three quarter plate.
Legacy Machine No 2 Movement photo LegacyMachineNumber2Movement02.jpg

Movement comes with 44 jewels and a power reserve of 45 hours. Balance oscillates at 18,000 vph. The movement is hand finished.
Legacy Machine No 2 Movement photo LegacyMachineNumber2Movement03.jpg

Here's a wristshot. I thought the weight is more balanced on the LM1. Size of the watch is 44mm for both but the LM2 is slightly thicker.
Legacy Machine No 2 Rose Gold photo LegacyMachineNumber2RG01.jpg

Enjoy the sketch of the watch.
Legacy Machine Number 2 Sketch photo LegacyMachineNumber2Sketch01.jpg

All I can say is that the LM2 is a great continuation of the LM1 and it is exquisite! If only I could afford one. Thanks The Hourglass for the invite and also Max for explaining his new Legacy Machine. Can't wait for the next HM...