This is the latest addition to MB&F's Legacy Machine range, the LM2 Red Gold Blue. As the name suggests, it is cased in red gold with a blue dial plate (technically, the 'dial' is the classically-influenced enamel dial at twelve o'clock). Finished with a sunray pattern, the plate is given its rich blue colour via a CVD (chemical vapour deposition) process.
On the face of it, that is that. But the LM2 is one of those watches that we have a real soft spot for here at QP; it's the product of a collaboration between Jean-Francois Mojon and Kari Voutilainen, (Mojon on movement design, Voutilainen on decoration) which should make any watch fan sit up and pay attention; plus, it is one of very few multiple-balance watches in the world, and easily one of the more elegant.
A quick technical re-cap: the Legacy Machine No.2 is powered by a single-barrel, handwound Chronode movement with 45 hours of power reserve. It has two balance wheels beating at 2.5Hz, suspended above the mainplate, joined by a planetary differential system that averages out the regulatory energy of each balance wheel for more accurate timekeeping (and top-drawer steampunk looks).
Originally released in three different configurations (non-limited white gold and red gold, and an 18-piece platinum run), it has been released in titanium with a green dial (2017, limited to 18) and white gold with a purple dial (2018, limited to 12), both consistent with MB&F's usual pattern of colour and material iterations. In 2017 it was also lightly revamped, with the arcing balance bridges swapped from stencilled to polished, and that's what we see here.
Compared to the other five - even against the vivid sea green or the imperial purple - this is in our view, easily the most opulent take on the LM2. It's the first model to combine the warmth of red gold with a colourful interior, and at first impressions, there's something quite Mediterranean about the whole thing. We might even dare to suggest that it has a faint genetic link to a bi-metal Rolex Yacht-Master II, that most grandiose of Rolexes. And not in a bad way, either.
The MB&F Legacy Machine 2 Red Gold Blue will be limited to 12 pieces, costing CHF 148,000 + VAT (USD 156,000 or EUR 137,000 + tax).
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