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Introducing the LM1 Silberstein

French designer, Alain Silberstein, and MB&F recently announced a new collaboration which combines the MB&F LM1, with styling from Silberstein. The result is a colorful limited edition of the LM1. Highlights of the new design include a new sapphire crystal balance bridge, concave subdials, and of course, Silberstein’s signature yellow, red, and blue accents throughout. The LM1 Silberstein is available in three variations: grade 5 titanium, black PVD titanium, 18K red gold – each a limited edition of only 12 pieces.

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MB&F shocks industry by extending warranty on ALL timepieces

Josh Shanks

MB&F gives early holiday present to all owners in the form of an across the board warranty extension for ALL timepieces they have ever made. Via an email newsletter sent to owners today, MB&F has just announced an unprecedented warranty extension for ALL of the timepieces the brand has EVER produced. Regardless of where you purchased the watch, all timepieces are receiving a two-year warranty extension! You may have seen Rolex and Audemars Piguet adding warranty extensions for some of their modern/newly purchased pieces, but extending the warranty on any watch ever purchased is totally new. Also notable is the launch of the manufacture’s new “The Tribe” initiative. Which seeks to unite owners and friends of the brand in a new online portal. www.mbandf.com/thetribe Official statement on the warranty extension: “Oh, and one more thing…to celebrate the end of this

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Introducing the Legacy Machine Perpetual

Early this week MB&F debuted a new Legacy Machine with a fully integrated perpetual calendar. Developed for MB&F by Irish watchmaker, Stephen McDonnell, the movement features a 14 mm dial-side balance wheel, like the other Legacy Machines, which offers a perfect central view as it oscillates to-and-fro. Unique to this LM model is a perpetual calendar that does a few things different than a traditional perpetual. According to MB&F, “The default month has gone from 31 days to 28, and the central “grand levier” has been replaced by an innovative, patent-pending “mechanical processor” – solving a very frustrating issue with conventional calendars: they break easily due to faulty manipulations. This new Legacy Machine is fool-proof! Just as important, we’ve traded the standard “sandwich” construction – base movement + calendar module + display – for a spectacular, fully integrated architecture, offering

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MB&F Melchior Robot Table Clock for Only Watch

MB&F created a unique version of “Melchior” robot table clock to be sold at the Only Watch auction in Geneva on 7 November 2015 to support Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. Melchior is a high-end table clock conceived by Maximilian Büsser with the help of Xin Wang and manufactured by L’Epée 1839. The clock is encased in palladium-plated brass, stainless steel, red anodized aluminum and polished glass. It features a jump hour function with sweeping minutes, double retrograde seconds and a remarkable 40-days of power reserve. The left forearm (Gatling gun) is a detachable winding key. Hours and minutes are displayed via discs on Melchior’s chest. A combination of fixed vents and revolving discs gives the impression that Melchior is blinking his eyes, endowing the robot with a hint of human-like personality. Further animation is provided by the regulator which can

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Arachnophobia Mechanical Clock

Arachnophobia is a mechanical table clock shaped like a spider. It was conceived by MB&F and produced by L’Epée 1839. Aptly, in addition to sitting horizontally as a table clock, it can be mounted vertically on the wall as well. A total of 218-components make up this high-end clock that was inspired by a spider sculpture called “Maman,” which means mother in French and was created by Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010). According to MB&F, “The spider’s head and torso is a modified high-end L’Epée clock movement boasting a power reserve of 8 days. The body’s black dome and white numerals display the hours and minutes. At either end of Arachnophobia’s abdomen, important mechanical processes take place: the head houses the regulator with its oscillating balance wheel (and a set of jaws), while the other end contains the mainspring barrel powering the

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Nixie Machine by Frank Buchwald

German artist Frank Buchwald designed this stunning Nixie tube clock in collaboration with MB&F’s M.A.D.Gallery (which is their Geneva based boutique which carries not just watches, but art and other high-end merchandise for those whose pocket books are deep). The Nixie Machine is the best looking Nixie tube clock we’ve ever seen, and unfortunately it is priced higher than any clock of its kind. We have found much more accessible Nixie Tube clocks, like this one, but none as good looking as this. The six tubes are arranged in pairs: one for hours, one for minute and one for seconds (or day, month, year). The beautiful glowing tubes are displayed on top of a burnished steel and brass structure, that MB&F refers to as a “retro-futuristic design.” The Nixie tubes (Z568M) were originally manufacture by RFT is East Germany in

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The HM6 "Space Pirate"

This is MB&F’s sixth Horological Machine. Also known as the “Space Pirate,” the HM6 comes in a solid titanium case with 10 domed sapphire crystals and a bespoke mechanical movement. The caliber is made of 475 components, 68 jewels and boasts a 60-second tourbillon, with a retractable “tourbillon shield.” According to MB&F, the watch has “vertically-revolving hour and minute spheres driven by complex angular gear trains, dual regulating turbines connected to a central winding rotor in platinum 950.” The HM6 is technically impressive. Visually bizarre. And exactly what we have come to expect from MB&F.

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The MB&F Legacy Machine LM101

Last week, MB&F released a new Legacy Machine, the LM101, similar to their Legacy One and Two, but in a much more wearable 40 mm case. In fact, this is their most conservatively sized and wearable timepiece ever. It also has the lowest price of any MB&F timepiece, but let’s not get carried away — calling any $59,000 timepiece “affordable” would be ludicrous.

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Introducing The MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2

Today MB&F launched their second Legacy Machine. Like the Legacy Machine No. 1, the No. 2 comes in a classic round shaped case, as opposed to the brand’s Horological Machines which come in a variety of non-round cases, such as the Thunderbolt which is shaped like an airplane. The Legacy Machine No. 2 has two fully independent escapements, with two flying balance wheels floating above the dial. A planetary differential transmits the average rates of those balance wheels to a single gear train. “To produce Episode II of the Legacy series, we have teamed up once again with two of the most talented watchmakers alive: Jean-François Mojon and his team at Chronode, and the inimitable Kari Voutilainen.” The Legacy Machine No. 2 is available in 18k red or white gold, and a limited edition of 18 pieces in platinum 950

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MB&F LM1 - Legacy Machine One

MB&F introduces their first round watch, the Legacy Machine No. 1 (LM1). Inspired by 19th-century timepieces, the LM1 is MB&F's most traditional watch yet. However, if you know anything about MB&F you know their timepieces are anything but traditional. The LM1 features a number of cool design elements. The balance wheel and escapement are located on the "dial side", as opposed to the traditional "movement side" location. Suspended by two bridges, is an oversized 14 mm balance wheel which floats over the center of the dial. Underneath is the exposed escapement. Needless to say (video below), watching the balance and escapement work in unison will be a visual treat. At 3 and 9 o'clock are two separate dials that display completely independent time zones (hours and minutes). Left crown at 8 o'clock for setting time of left dial; right crown

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