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It was 10 years ago when we witnessed the unveiling of the first Legacy Machine, by MB&F which had by that time, already launched 4 Horological Machines which had come to define the Swiss independent watch label, up until then When Max did put his mind to it, he opined, "What would have happened if I had been born in 1867 instead of 1967? In the early 1900s the first wristwatches appear and I would want to create three-dimensional machines for the wrist, but there are no Grendizers, Star Wars or fighter jets for my inspiration But I do have pocket watches, the Eiffel Tower and Jules Verne, so what might my 1911 machine look like? It has to be round and it has to be three-dimensional: Legacy Machine No1 was my answer" For the Legacy Machine No2 that followed in 2013, MB&F found inspiration by going 250 years back to the age of Ferdinand Berthoud, Antide Janvier and Abraham-Louis Breguet in the 18th century, when the three horological grand masters first worked with dual balance wheels within a timepiece.
In 2014, for the first time in its collections, the Legacy Machine 101 that was launched boasted the very first hand-finished movement conceived, designed and developed entirely in-house by MB&F Whilst its predecessors were sized at 44mm, the LM101 is slightly smaller at 40mm but still boasting a suspended "Flying" balance wheel that is now iconic of the Legacy Machines of MB&F In 2015, MB&F would take on one of grand complications fo watchmaking, the Perpetual Calendar, by first presenting a skeletonized display of its 581-component mechanism, an-inhouse movement, which is rare in the industry.
For its entirely novel approach to the Perpetual Calendar complication, and aesthetically-breakthrough skeletonized presentation, the LMP would take home the Best Calendar Watch Prize at the 2016 edition of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, the third GPHG prize won by a Legacy Machine in the collection's 4 years of existence 2014 was the first for the Legacy Machine, with Chinese artist Xia Hang, who reinterpreted the vertical power reserve indicator of LM1 2016 saw a throwback within a throwback, with Alain Silberstein who had previously worked on MB&F's Horological Machine 22, the "Black Box," eight years ago returning to give his signature treatment, inspired by miniature box cameras of the 1940s, to the LM Silberstein.
Launch of the New LMX Finally, this new year, on the 10th anniversary of the birth of the Legacy Machine, we welcome the LMX It follows the naming convention dear to MB&F - the HM3 FrogX launched in 2020 marked a decade of the first HM3, whilst the HMX launched in 2015 celebrated the 10th birthday of MB&F.
The LMX builds on the rule-breaking, innovative breaking of barriers approach that Legacy Machine established ten years ago. . Source
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