MB&F has announced the end of series production of Legacy Machine N°1 (LM1) line with the launch of a Final Edition in steel with a “dark chocolate” dial. First unveiled in the 2011, the tradition-inspired LM1 ushered in a second collection of MB&F which was up until then making the audaciously designed Horological Machines that stood in complete defiance of existing watchmaking conventions.
Designed by longtime collaborator Eric Giroud, the LM1 has its own distinct design philosophy but its biggest draw was the presence of a dramatic balance suspended from an arched bridge. A former architect, Giroud was inspired by the girders and crossbeams of industrial structures seen at the famous expositions of the 19th century, when he designed the sharply designed angles of the open-worked balance bridge. This arched balance bridge is now emblematic of the Legacy Machine collection.
The LM1’s other characteristics include a round case, white lacquer dials with an enamel-like gloss, Roman numerals, classically finished movement plates and bridges decorated with Geneva stripes and polished chamfers. The two time displays, indicated on convex dials of stretched lacquer, are based on a single movement and allow autonomous setting without reference to fixed time zones. Then there is the vertical power-reserve indicator. The watch’s reputation was furthered helped by the fact that it had a movement developed by Jean-François Mojon with a finish specified by the peerless Kari Voutilainen.
According to MB&F, a totally of 435 LM1 pieces will be produced in total. It has appeared in red gold, white gold, platinum and titanium, in faces of blue, grey and green and has also spawned two special editions produced in collaboration with artists – 2014 Legacy Machine N°1 Xia Hang edition and 2016’s LM1 Silberstein produced in association with Alain Silberstein.
The Final Edition is encased in 44 mm stainless steel, the domed sapphire crystal takes the thickness of the watch to 16 mm. The dial has a dark brown face (MB&F refers to the dial as a dark chocolate) and features two white lacquer dials and that characteristic suspended balance. A new balance bridge, cambered and tapered in the style MB&F introduced to audiences in the Legacy Machine 101, is the one departure from the original design and acknowledges the evolution and maturation of the Legacy Machine collection.
The LM1 Final Edition is limited to 18 pieces in stainless steel, with a dark chocolate-brown face. The watch is expected to retail at $79,000