In October 2011, MB&F launched Legacy Machine N°1 – an authentic three-dimensional MB&F Machine. Now 10 years and eight Legacy Machines later, the Swiss luxury watch brand unveiled the new LMX. The anniversary timepiece utilizes the same expression of the original Legacy Machine from 2011 comprising a central flying balance wheel and two dials but brings something new as well.
MB&F LMX features two dials of stretched white lacquer, each with its own display of hours and minutes. The dial on the right is set by the crown at the 2 o’clock position, which shows an engraving of the MB&F battle-axe and also winds the movement. The crown at 10 o’clock, engraved with a globe, sets the time of the left dial. Both dials are tilted at an angle.
The Swiss watchmaker outfits the new watch with various functional elements like the battle-axe-shaped escapement bridge and gear-train components. Three large wheels are visible: placed next to each winding crown, two are set in motion when setting the time on the corresponding time display, while the gear at 6 o’clock is the common seconds’ wheel. The new 13.4mm bespoke balance wheel with inertia blocks offers greater accuracy to the watchmaker in regulating the heart of LMX. Other improvements include the polished arms of the straight bridges exposed on the dial plate.
Inspired by the world-first vertical power reserve indicator of Legacy Machine No1, LMX features a completely new three-dimensional display that showcases the engine’s impressive seven days (168 hours) of power reserve. In this evolved display, there is the option to select between two modes of counting down the power reserve. Two markers are positioned on opposite sides of a hemisphere; one framed by an arched scale numbered 1 to 7, another with a scale showing the days of the week. The wearers can rotate the entire power-reserve display itself to choose their preferred mode of power-reserve indication. By continuing to wind the battle-axe crown even after the power reserve is fully replenished, they can alter the orientation of the indication in order to make the day-of-the-week or numeric scale more visible when LMX is on the wrist.
The symmetrical engine of the watch can be admired through the sapphire case back. It has three barrels placed evenly around the center, accentuated by the sunray pattern of the Côtes de Genève finishing.
LMX is available in two limited launch editions: 18 pieces in 18k red gold with black NAC treatment on plates and bridges and 33 pieces in grade 5 titanium with green CVD treatment on plates and bridges.