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MB&F LM Split Escapement

The MB&F LM Split Escapement, like past Legacy Machine models, features a highly domed sapphire crystal with the balance wheel elevated in the center of the dial side of the watch beating at 2.5Hz (18,000 vph). Where the LM SE differs is from previous models is that the escapement (escape wheel and anchor) portion of the regulation assortment has been moved to the movement side, almost 12 mm underneath the dial. The dial layout consists of the time at 12 o’clock, the date by hand (which can be set easily with a pushbutton on the side of the case) at 8 o’clock, and the 72-hour power reserve indicator at 4 o’clock. Each of the four different colored dials is frosted but instead of using acid baths to achieve this rich textured surface like with antique watches, the method used for

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Jason Pitsch

Video: L’Epée 1839 and MB&F Octopod

Jason Pitsch

MB&F and L’Epée 1839 have collaborated on numerous futuristic table clocks, and thus far, in this writer’s opinion, all are so good. This time, they may have outdone themselves with one of their most badass table clocks yet: the Octopod. “Think octopus, cephalopods and other eight-limbed creatures. Think marine compass – and the bathysphere from the 1989 classic The Abyss… Put that all together, with 468 fine-finished components, and you get Octopod: blending contemporary design with kinetic sculpture and a transparent bubble filled with traditional horology,” according to MB&F. Designed by MB&F and made in Switzerland by L’Epée 1839, the Octopod can be positioned to stand or crotch thanks to eight articulated legs. A transparent sphere connects the legs houses an eight-day hand-wound movement including a rotating escapement located on the minute hand. Time is read by looking down

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HM6 Alien Nation

Jason Pitsch

Originally launched in 2014, the Horological Machine No.6 (aka HM6) is one of the more eccentric watch designs, from a company that has basically defined the genre of unconventional independent high-end watchmaking. This week, Max Busser (and friends), announced the next step in the HM6 saga: the HM6 Alien Nation. With a case now made entirely of sapphire crystal, the complexity of production has been increased many times over. There will be only 4 unique pieces, and they have already been pre-sold to one collector. In order for the twelve separate sapphire crystals, which need to come together perfectly and seamlessly, the milling and polishing alone for a single case, exceeds 500 hours. Not including assembly, and the inevitable breakage. This is a space ship and so it needs lights, and in this case, a mix of Superluminova, which highlights

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Nixie Machine II

MB&F’s so-called “M.A.D.Gallery” is celebrating their 5th anniversary with the introduction of the Nixie Machine II by Berlin-based artist Frank Buchwald. Like their first collaboration, with the first Nixie Machine, the clock features a metal base with glowing Nixie tubes. With its 47.24-inch long structure in Buchwald’s signature “heavy engineering” style and, the Nixie Machine II is handcrafted out of burnished steel and brushed brass. Each of its glowing six digits is displayed via modern Nixie tubes – also known as cold cathode displays – presented as three pairs for hours, minutes and seconds. It will be available in as a 12 piece limited edition available exclusively from the M.A.D.Galleries in Geneva, Dubai, and Taipei. The retail price is $30,000.

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LM1 Final Edition Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

Six years after the launch of the Legacy Machine N°1 (LM1), MB&F has announced the LM1 Final Edition. Consisting of round cases, white lacquer dials, Roman numerals, and traditional finishing – the Legacy Machines contrast the signature eccentric designs of MB&F’s Horological Machines. The LM1, produced with the help of Jean-François Mojon and Kari Voutilainen, represented three world firsts: a suspended flying balance wheel, fully independent dual time displays, and a vertical power reserve indicator, according to MB&F. Over the six years since the initial LM1, approximately 435 LM1s have been manufactured, in gold, platinum, and titanium; with dials in blue, gray, and green. And now, MB&F presents the final LM1 in stainless steel, a first (and last) for the LM1. Additionally, the dial color, brown, is new. Moreover, the LM1 Final Edition has a new balance bridge, cambered and

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Destination Moon by MB&F + L’Epée 1839

Jason Pitsch

MB&F’s latest collaboration, Destination Moon, is a table clock that looks like a rocket ship, made with the help of L’Epée 1839, and revealed last month at Baselworld. It is hard to imagine any watch collector that would not want one of these displayed on their desk or shelf, or really any of the collaboration clocks, such as the Melchior Robot Table Clock, the Arachnophobia Mechanical Clock, or the Nixie Machine by Frank Buchwald. The Destination Moon clock is 15.75” tall (40 cm) and features 237 finely finished parts within the vertically-stacked movement, which displays hours and minutes on two revolving horizontal rings. The mechanism, produced by the clock experts at L’Epée 1839 is regulated by a lateral balance wheel and escapement. It is powered by manually winding the oversized thruster (crown) at the base of the rocket, and can

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HM7 Aquapod

Jason Pitsch

Last month at the SIHH trade show in Geneva, MB&F unveiled one of their craziest horological creations yet: the HM7 Aquapod. It is essentially their version of a dive watch. Although as you might expect, it is like no other dive watch you’ve ever seen. The HM7 Aquapod features a unique spherical construction with a 52.8 mm x 21.3 mm case crafted from either grade 5 titanium or 18K 5N red gold, with a massively domed sapphire crystal on the top, and a less domed sapphire crystal on the bottom. Most notably, there is a circular open space in between the main dial area of the watch the rotating bezel, which MB&F has dubbed a “floating” a bezel. The profile view clearly looks like a jellyfish! The inspiration for the watch was, of course, dive watches, but also a gelatinous

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SIHH 2017: MB&F HM8 Can-Am

This the new MB&F HM8 Can-Am, with a design that correlates with Maximilian Büsser’s love of Can-Am race cars from the 1960s and 1970s. Specifically, the polished roll bars link the HM8 to Can-Am supercars. According to MB&F, “At first glance it may appear that the sapphire crystal covering the HM8 Engine is circular and positioned above the battle-axe rotor, but it’s not. The complete top of the case is one piece of sapphire crystal with sections of the crystal metallized to create a bluish border. That crystal, combined with the polished roll bars on each side, the oil sumps underneath, and the time displays created by optical prisms highlight HM8’s unrestricted horological creativity.” The roll bars are in grade 5 titanium, milled from a solid block of titanium Ti-6Al-4V, a blend of pure titanium with 6% aluminum and 4%

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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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Josh Shanks

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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