With the LM1 Final Edition, a legacy comes to an end, but not without the signature MB&F style of boldly ushering in elements that are unexpected!
The famed Legacy Machine series now comes to an end. The LM1 Final Edition recalls to mind the very first time the series of the Legacy Machine was introduced. It all happened in 2011, six years back. This introduction was a tribute to traditional watchmaking, without compromising on the MB&F touch and its original design aesthetic.
It all began with a simple thought, or rather question, by Maximilian Busser on how would he have conceived three-dimensional machines for the wrist if he had been born in 1867 instead of 1967? They had to be round (tradition) and three-dimensional (MB&F Machine). One thought led to the fabulous design, which was an homage to tradition and to the future as well.
MB&F – LM1 Final Edition
Going back in time
Back in 2011, Legacy Machine N°1 debuted three unique technical features, two of which continue to set the LM1 series apart to this day.
Firstly, the iconic cinematic balance, suspended from an arched bridge. Then, the two time displays, indicated on subtly convex dials of stretched lacquer, are based on a single movement and allow autonomous setting without reference to fixed time zones. Lastly, there is the vertical power-reserve indicator, offering a strongly intuitive and legible reading of barrel wind.
In addition to these innovations, the series had the contribution of experts. The technical expertise of watchmaking veteran Jean-François Mojon and the peerless levels of finish specified by Kari Voutilainen, provided the framework for a fresh form of independent watchmaking.
The wearability of the legacy machine also made it a very popular watch. After all, it had all the attributes of an MB&F piece, carried the DNA of the brand and was still the most wearable ‘machine’.
What are the features of this last edition? Well, one of the most important choices relates to choosing a material to house the movement. In this case it is steel.
Why did MB&F pick steel over precious metals such as gold or platinum? The reason is steel is now increasingly seen as a worthy case material for high-end watchmaking. For the LM1 Final Edition, it represents the strength and enduring appeal of the series. Moreover, it directs focus on the main thing- the engine rather than the value of the exterior elements of the watch.
A bittersweet celebration
The watch has a dark chocolate face, and a strap to match. In fact, MB&F compares the colour to 85-percent chocolate! The dark brown of the dial and the strap contrasts beautifully with the steel case.
The white lacquer dials, suspended balance and gracefully arched power reserve indication exist in their well-known configuration. There is a new balance bridge, cambered and tapered which is a nod to the evolution and maturation of the Legacy Machine collection. It is limited to 18 pieces.
If there is one thing MB&F is known for, it is breaking conventions. Well, here is one more convention broken. Convention says that if something is successful and popular, it must have longevity. The collection had been consistently garnering critical approval and acclaim, but here is the end…all against conventional wisdom! A very typically MB&F approach!
It is said that ends are often new beginnings. The LM1 Final Edition thus sets a new wave of creative momentum rolling! We can’t wait to see what’s next!