If you ever wanted to buy a high-end timepiece with an eye-catching sea green dial, the new MB&F Legacy Machine LM2 Titanium watch is here to quench that thirst. This is the third iteration of the Legacy Machine series, which they first introduced in 2013 with red gold and white gold versions. The Ti-6Al-4V (grade 5), the same high-tech titanium alloy used in aerospace and medical applications, offers a lot of flexibility in terms of blend of strength and lightness – making it comfortable to the wearer.
The PE-CVD-treated beautiful sea green dial acts as a rainbow of its own – when it catches the light from different angles, the color changes to different hues of green and blue. Thanks to its dome-shaped sapphire crystal cover, the watch looks like a spacecraft, importantly it also provides the extra room needed to house double flying balances, suspended high above the dial by four arms that resemble “spider” legs.
According to MB&F, legendary watchmakers from 18th century Breguet, Berthold and Janvier have perfected the art of using two balances. And the Legacy Machine collection allows MB&F to reinterpret and honor great innovations of master watchmakers in history. The lofted double balance wheels of LM2 are one of the borrowed elements from the past – the dual regulator. MB&F has gone further with the improvements, here they are using a differential to produce a single average rate, and the other method of doing this is to use two distinct movements.
The white lacquer subdial at 12 o’clock with Roman hour markers and blued hour and minute hands are controlled by the raised differential at 6 o’clock. This differential practically is the brain that runs the machine and fulfills three important roles – 1. Transferring power to each of the regulators; 2. Receiving the individual timing rates from each balance 3. Transmitting the average rate of the two regulators to the gear train, where it finally manifests itself as the displayed time. Located at 3 and 9 o’clock are two flying balances and their escapements – the two mirror each other so much, they even have identical stud holders pinning the balance spring.
Housed inside the highly polished slimmer titanium case is a custom-made Jean-François Mojon movement with aesthetic inputs from independent watchmaker Kari Voutilainen. Inspired by 19th-century movements. The movement features traditional hand-finishing such as Geneva waves, gold chatons, mirror-polished bevels and bridges designed with deliberate internal beveled angles. Also, hand engraved on the back are names of the movement creators – Mojon and Voutilainen. The movement in addition to hours and minute offers 45 hours of power reserve. Workings of the movement are visible from the sapphire crystal case back.
The MB&F Legacy Machine LM2 Titanium is priced to set you back $138,000. Just like the rest of the collection, this too is limited to just 18 pieces. If interested contact your local MB&F authorized retailers.