Maximilian Büsser, well Max to most of us is no stranger to those who appreciate and understand the unconventional world of watches, clocks and horological machines. Needless to say, originality seems to be quite a rare notion these days. However, Max Büsser and his friends never cease to intrigue me with their unique and innovative machines, be it the turtle, his extended robotic family, the spaceships and of course the visionary and futuristic horological machines and mechanical creations. Max’s creativity knows no bounds.
The Legacy Machine now in green.
From the HM3 Frog to the HM9 Flow, this Swiss-Indian creative genius has built a brand that has evolved into a wildly successful and extremely creative space.
When I think MB&F, my fondest work of art is the HM3. Yes I am talking about that gorgeous red gold three-dimensional horological engine designed in collaboration with master watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht. But MB&F also has a collection with a regular ‘conventional’ round dial that most people find more wearable, so to say. Yes, I am talking about the Legacy Machines.
Two years ago MB&F introduced the first LM Split Escapement editions, in four different versions all in 18K white gold cases, with those striking “frosted” dial plates in blue, ruthenium, rose gold or yellow gold. This new titanium edition of the Legacy Machine Split Escapement gets a royal twist with a sun-ray, green CVD dial. I have to say the green does grow on you.
The Split Escapement label is quite self-explanatory – the balance has been separated from the escapement. Lets take a quick look inside this unconventional Split Escapement movement created with Stephen McDonnell.
Unconventional, because the regulating system has been split between the top of the movement – where you can admire the oversized flying balance wheel, revolving on its own, suspended high above the dial while displaying three sub-dials – the time, the date and the power reserve. As you can also see, there is no sign of the lever and escape wheel on the face of the dial side, instead, they are situated on the back of the watch, thus featuring an aesthetically perfect dial, clear of the so called complexities.
The secret of this unorthodox construction? An extra-long shaft of 12mm that goes right through the movement, connecting the regulating system’s essential components.
Although personally, I am still an ardent fan of the HM collection (the horological machines), I have to say that the legacy machines do seem to add a contemporary twist to the MB&F portfolio.
So there you have it, the Legacy Machine Split Escapement Titanium Green, a lightweight 44m horological wonder, limited to 33 pieces, retailing at CHF 64,000 + VAT.