Limited Edition of just 18: MB&F Legacy Machine No.2 Titanium

 

 

The eye-catchingly vivid green dial of MB&F’s new Legacy Machine No.2 Titanium (LM2 Ti) is likely to be the first thing that draws the gaze of admirers; it’s the subtle sophistication of a multitude of initially less obvious features that encourages deeper appreciation and differentiates LM2 Ti from its stable mates. Coupling that with the fact that only 18 pieces of this very limited edition horological wonder are available, should make it highly desirable to watch aficionados.

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The rounded profiles of Legacy Machine No.2 Titanium’s majestically arching balance wheel bridges impart a softer aesthetic than the original LM2 models. A keen eye might notice that the highly polished bezel visually slims the elegant case, but that’s not just a trompe l’oeil: the redesigned bezel makes the case a full one millimeter slimmer than those of its predecessors. Ti-6Al-4V (grade 5), the high-tech titanium alloy used in aerospace and medical applications, offers a perfect blend of strength and lightness, ensuring that LM2 Ti sits seductively and comfortably on the wrist. When that spectacular PE-CVD-treated green dial catches the light from alternating angles, it comes alive with constantly changing iridescent sheens and hues of green and blue.

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Legacy Machines are wondrous reinterpretations of significant horological inventions by the greatest watchmakers in history. So the contemporary look endowed by the otherworldly appearance of Legacy Machine No.2’s dual flying balances, suspended high above the dial from four gracefully arcing arms, may at first appear paradoxical. But make no mistake; LM2 is a timepiece tracing its lineage back over 250 years to three of the greatest watchmakers who ever lived: Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747–1823), Ferdinand Berthoud (1727– 1807) and Antide Janvier (1751– 1835).

Oscillating on high, the exalted double balance wheels of LM2 were inspired by, and pay homage to, one of the rarest mechanisms in the history of watchmaking: the dual regulator. And rarer still, the average rates of Legacy Machine No.2’s dual regulators are transmitted by a differential to a single gear train, where the majority had two separate movements.

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The movement of Legacy Machine N°2 was developed to MB&F’s specifications by award-winning watchmaker Jean-François Mojon (Best Watchmaker at the 2010 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève) and his team at Chronode. Acclaimed independent watchmaker Kari Voutilainen ensured that the movement’s aesthetic style was consistent with high-quality traditional timepieces of the 19th century and for specifying the superlative hand-finishing. Consistent with MB&F’s spirit of transparency, the names of the two men responsible for the movement are hand engraved on the back.

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