In October 2011, MB&F launched Legacy Machine N°1 – a three-dimensional MB&F Machine. 10 years later, in 2021, the Swiss luxury watch brand unveiled the new LMX. The anniversary timepiece used the same expression of the original Legacy Machine from 2011 and included a central flying balance wheel and two dials but also incorporated new features. This year, MB&F updated the model to feature 316L stainless steel case and frosted finish. The LMX Steel & Brass watch limited to 33 pieces only.
The watch 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 has an engraving of the MB&F battle-axe and also winds the movement. The crown at 10 o’clock sets the time of the left dial. Both dials are tilted at an angle. The LMX Steel & Brass features the battle-axe-shaped escapement bridge and gear-train components. Three large wheels are particularly 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 bespoke balance wheel offers greater accuracy to the watchmaker in regulating the heart of LMX. Other refinements include the polished arms of the straight bridges exposed on the dial plate, manually finished to impart a curved, or bercé, profile on their upper surfaces. The timepiece is fitted with a completely novel three-dimensional display that showcases the engine’s impressive seven days (168 hours) of power reserve. 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 engine of LMX is symmetrical – not only dial-side but also as observed through the sapphire case back, revealing the three barrels placed evenly around the centre, accentuated by the sunray pattern of the Côtes de Genève finishing.
LMX was crafted in three limited launch editions: 18 pieces in 18K red gold with black NAC treatment on plates and bridges; 33 pieces in grade 5 titanium with green CVD treatment on plates and bridges; and in 2022, the new LMX Steel & Brass limited edition in 316L stainless steel with frosted face.
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