MB&F adds two new versions of its FlyingT

Without diamonds, the domed tourbillon takes on a more unisex appeal

MB&F FlyingT
MB&F

MB&F's first legacy machine aimed overtly at women, the FlyingT, is now available in two diamond-free versions that broaden its appeal. Cased in red gold and platinum respectively, they also gain a pair of dials from Kari Voutilainen's workshop.

The FlyingT was released in 2019 as the indie brand's first watch with a specifically feminine focus: founder Max Busser told of his inspiration from the many women that have played a role in his life, starting with his mother. Later in the year it was awarded the GPHG award for Ladies' Complication.

MB&F
MB&F

The watch, in the tradition of MB&F's legacy machine creations, is constructed to site the escapement above the "dial" alongside an actual, smaller, timekeeping dial display in enamel. In this case, we have a 60-second flying tourbillon with a dial set at a 50 degree angle, intended to only be readable by the wearer.

MB&F FlyingT
MB&F

Almost as impressive as the movement are its surroundings: the design of the watch relies on the huge domed sapphire, which gives the impression that we are beholding a world in miniature beneath it - something we've since seen repeated with MB&F's Thunderdome.

MB&F FlyingT
MB&F

The original FlyingT came with either a fully diamond-set dial, or a plain black lacquer, the better to provide a backdrop against which to admire the gems and the movement. Now, however, the dial is given its own time to shine, courtesy of a Voutilainen hand-guilloché treatment, in a scalloped pattern that radiates out from the centre. On the platinum model, it's blue; on the red gold version, black.

MB&F FlyingT
MB&F

The movement's automatic rotor is visible on the reverse, taking the form of a stylised red gold sun and providing the watch with up to 100 hours of power. Each model is limited to 18 pieces.


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