When Maximilian Büsser and Friends (MB&F) introduced the Legacy Machine No. 1 (LM1) in 2011, it was a departure from their unusual (and very cool) looking watches. The LM watch line was created to showcase the company’s technical knowhow, not just their aesthetic genius, by incorporating some very challenging technologies into these watches.
A few months ago, MB&F introduced the Legacy Machine No. 2, which has the same design DNA as the LM1. The LM1 watches come with a pair of sub-dials with two time zones, these time zones can be individually adjusted, down to the minute, which was a world first I believe. The LM2 uses the area for those two sub-dials to place a pair of balance wheels (escapements) on the dial; it’s very rare for a watch to have two balance wheels.
A balance wheels is the wheel with a spring inside it (on mechanical watches, don’t go looking for it on your quartz watches), it’s usually found on the back of the watch. The reason for having two balance wheels on a watch is to make it more accurate, by taking the average of the two balance wheels. Mechanical watches are not as accurate as their quartz counterparts, watchmakers continuously work on making them as accurate as possible.
The MB&F LM2 watches are extremely beautiful, and having the balance wheels on the dial makes them very interesting to look at; if I owned one, I would waste a lot of time just looking at the moving parts. The watches come in 44 mm cases that can be had in white or rose gold and the limited edition platinum finishes (only 18 of these watches are made). All three watches come with different colored dials and are equipped with black or brown alligator leather straps with case-color matching buckles.
Like the LM1, the LM2’s hand-wound mechanical movement is designed by Jean-Francois Mojon and Keri Voutilainen. The movement comes with a 45 hour power reserve and is made up of 241 components with 44 jewels.
As for prices, the MB&F LM2 watches are a bit more expensive than the LM1’s, because of the complexity of the design. The non-limited edition white and rose gold pieces are priced at $156,000 and the limited edition platinum pieces are priced at $190,000. Via: MB&F