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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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Jason Pitsch

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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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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