It’s hard to believe that it was 10 years ago already that MB&F released its first-ever round watch. It was so unusual for the brand that it was revolutionary. From the first Legacy Machine version with a flying balance wheel to a version with an alien sculpture that raises and lowers its head to indicate vertical power reserve, and the FlyingT tourbillon with tilted dials in 2019 — the Legacy Machines have captures hearts and souls. Now, to honor the 10th anniversary, MB&F unveils the LMX/10 Years watches with dual time zone indication – another first for MB&F.
Conceived of and developed in house, the new watch features two independent time zones –each on a tilted dial on the lower portion of the watch for great 3D appeal and harmonious balance. Each dial also has its own crown for setting, so there is a crown at 2:00 and at 10:00 on the case. Other than that, much of the movement mechanics is visible from the dial side beneath the large sapphire crystal dome. This includes the battle-axe shaped escapement bridge and the gear train components. The three wheels include the seconds’ wheel and the two wheels that fly into motion when setting the dual time dials. The watch also boasts a new balance wheel with inertia blocks instead of screws for greater accuracy.
The LMX/10 Years watch also features a three-dimensional hemispherical power reserve display that showcases the seven days of reserve. There is an option to select one of two modes of counting down the power reserve. Essentially, there are two markers on either side of the hemisphere, one that counts numbers (1-7) and the other that shows days of the week. The entire power reserve display also rotates to make viewing easier.
Via the transparent sapphire case back, one can study the three barrels harmoniously placed and finished with a sunray pattern in Côtes de Genève finishing. Two versions of the new watch will be made. One in titanium retailing for $112,000 and ccreated in a limited editon of 33 pieces, and one in 18-karat 5N rose gold, retailing for $128,000 and created in a limited editon of 18 pieces.
Technical Specs of the MB&F LMX
Two limited launch editions:
– 18 pieces in polished 18k 5N+ gold with black NAC treatment on plates and bridges
– 33 pieces in polished grade 5 titanium with green CVD treatment on plates and bridges
Three-dimensional horological movement developed exclusively by MB&F
Manual winding with three mainspring barrels
Power reserve: 7 days (168 hours)
Balance wheel: new bespoke 13.4mm balance wheel with inertia blocks, floating above the movement
Time display on two inclined dials in stretched lacquer
Balance spring: traditional Breguet curve terminating in mobile stud holder
Balance frequency: 18,000bph/2.5Hz
Number of components: 367
Number of jewels: 41
Chatons: gold chatons with diamond countersinks
Fine finishing: superlative hand finishing throughout respecting 19th century style; internal bevel angles highlighting hand craft; polished bevels; Geneva waves; hand-made engravings; polished arms of the straight bridges exposed on the dial plate, manually finished to a curved “bercé” profile on their upper surfaces.
Hours and minutes: completely independent dual time zones displayed on two dials.
Unique hemispherical power reserve with choice of weekday or 7-day indication; rotates to adjust the preferred power reserve indication.
Left crown at 10 o’clock for setting time of left dial; right crown at 2 o’clock for setting time of right dial and winding
Two launch editions: 18k 5N+ red gold case limited to 18 pieces or grade 5 titanium case limited to 33 pieces
Dimensions: 44 mm wide x 21.4 mm high
Number of components: 27
High domed sapphire crystal on top and sapphire crystal on back with anti-reflective coating on both sides.
Strap & Buckle
Black hand-stitched alligator strap with 5N+ gold folding buckle for red gold version, and grey hand-stitched alligator strap with titanium folding buckle for titanium edition.