MB&F – LM1 FINAL EDITION
THE END OF A REIGN
“End on a high note” after a last farewell to the crowds: six years after conquering the hearts of its public, the Legacy Machine 1 gives way to new watches in the MB&F range.
In 2011, when I was taking my first steps in watchmaking journalism, I met Charris Yadigaroglou, the communications director at MB&F, who introduced me to the brand’s new creation with his warm smile. Named the Legacy Machine 1 (LM1 for the fans), the piece was totally different from the models that could usually be found in the HM collection. Quite the reverse, in fact, comparatively, with its painstakingly elaborated and even zany (in a positive way!) style, the LM1 looked like a well-behaved and shy little sister, but endowed with a big personality once you get to know it. So, thanks to the first version of the LM1, back in 2011, I fell head over heels in love with MB&F. Over time, my love grew and extended to all the models made by the brand from Geneva, including all the versions of this fabulous watch, such as the LM2 and the LM Perpetual, but in particular I’m fond of the Legacy Machine 1.
In 2017, in the presence of Maximilian Büsser, the founder of MB&F, Charris Yadigaroglou introduced me to a new version of the LM1, while announcing that this would be the last, that the collection will conclude with this piece, fittingly named the LM1 Final Edition, and that after they would be no more… Even though I do understand the “reason”, even though I did do marketing studies, even though I know that everything has an end, as well as a beginning, it still breaks my heart. So, here I have this last jewel in my hand and I feel sad. It is beautiful, so beautiful. This is something like a Greek tragedy, but I will try to keep my emotions in check.
Taking up the aesthetic codes used in the family, the LM1 Final Edition nonetheless stands out from the original version through the shape of its balance wheel bridge. The two polished steel arches arise at 12 o’clock and support the balance wheel like two metal beams, but now have rounded, ergonomic curves. The gentle frequency of the balance wheel oscillating at 18 000 vibrations an hour (2.5Hz) means you can watch its rhythmic dance under the sapphire glass dome.
Two dials are set on a disc decorated with a black chocolate colour and grooves. The dials’ concave shape recalls the stripes on nautilus shells (a pattern called Côtes de Genève or “Geneva stripes”). Bevelled with polished metal and coated with a translucent white colour, the dials contain two independent time zones, each with its own crown. The two hour rims feature black Roman numerals, with a pair of blue hands floating above them. The information on the left-hand disc, at 9 o’clock, is adjusted using the crown placed at 8 o’clock, while the hands on the disc at 3 o’clock are moved by a crown at 4 o’clock, which is also used to wind the watch. The vertical power-reserve indicator at 6 o’clock and looks like two metal tusks pointing up to the sky (but perhaps I’m letting my imagination get carried away…).
The steel case on this edition, limited to 18 pieces, is 44mm wide and 16mm thick. The case back is equipped with a wide sapphire glass window, displaying the mechanical heart of the LM1 Final Edition, a manual winding movement specially developed by Jean-François Mojon (Chronode) and Kari Voutilainen for MB&F and providing 45 hours of power reserve.
After this majestic grande finale, the LM1 can finally say goodbye.
Price: 79 000 CHF mb&f.com
By Sharmila Bertin