MB&F unveiled Legacy Machine No.2 White Gold Purple timepiece, the latest of the Legacy Machine No.2 series that was launched in 2013 and redesigned in 2017. The new watch is a limited edition of just 12 pieces.
The sunray-finished dial plate of the watch is given its purple color via the process of chemical vapour deposition (CVD), which evenly coats the dial surface and gives it a multi-faceted colouration under different angles of light — ranging from a deep violet to an almost electric shade of plasma purple.
At first glance, Legacy Machine No.2 White Gold Purple looks like a traditional round watch. However its three-dimensional architecture gives it complex and sophisticated look. The main dial is actually the top plate of the movement, which has been finely engraved, plated and then hand-engraved with Legacy Machine below the differential. The hour-minute sub dial is slightly raised above the surface. Its fine gold circumference accentuates the pure white of the stretched lacquer dial, which is created by applying and heating multiple layers of lacquer, causing them to stretch tightly over the surface of the dial. The white contrasts superbly with the bright blued 18k gold hands.
The planetary differential on the surface is supported by a double-arc mirror-polished bridge inset with three large jewels. The complex differential is the key element in the double regulator system and raising it just above the movements enables the mechanism to be better appreciated.
Suspended above both the sub dial and the differential are the two oscillating bespoke balance wheels. The dual balances feature Breguet overcoils, inset with four fully functional timing screws. The distance between the balance wheels has been calculated to avoid resonance.
Independent master watchmaker Kari Voutilainen ensured the historical accuracy of the style and finishing of the Legacy Machine No.2 movement. A finely engraved sun-ray pattern on top of the movement plate (dial side) subtly catches the eye at certain angles without distracting attention from the pure white sub dial, flying balances and raised differential. The back of the movement features over-sized ruby jewels set in highly-polished countersunk gold chatons provide striking visual counterpoints to the Geneva waves traversing the sensually curved bridges.
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