Ahead of the BaselWorld watch and jewelry show, Maximilian Busser and friends present the Legacy Machine No2 in titanium. Just like the rest of the Legacy Machine collection, the Legacy Machine No2 in titanium is inspired by some of the world’s most significant horological inventions of the past. This retro futuristic range comprises amazing designs influenced by the inventions of the greatest watchmakers in history, a watches that MB&F would have created 100 years ago.
Legacy Machine No 2, a watch that is already available in 18k red gold, 18k white gold, and platinum 950 limited edition of 18 pieces; now welcomes a new limited edition, a slightly redesigned version in Ti-6Al-4V (grade 5) titanium, available in only 18 pieces. The most prominent feature of the model is its dual flying balances suspended above the dial to form four arching arms. The complication is a "hat tip" to three of the greatest watchmakers of the 18th century: Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747– 1823), Ferdinand Berthoud (1727– 1807), and Antide Janvier (1751– 1835).
What all these extraordinary gentlemen have in common are their unique designs of clocks and watches with two balances. The Legacy Machine No2 pays homage to these horological legends, as well as to one of the rarest mechanisms in the history of watchmaking: the dual regulator. In the contemporary reinterpretation of this horological invention, the average rates of Legacy Machine No.2's dual regulators are transmitted by a differential to a single gear train, while they typically have two separate movements encased together.
Each of the balances beats independently, but they are linked by a differential that produces a single averaged rage, thus improving the overall accuracy of the watch!
The beautiful, marine blue, symmetrical dial of the Legacy Machine is actually the upper plate of its movement finely engraved with a sun-ray pattern, and equipped with a lacquer sub dial at 12 o'clock. The hours and minutes sub-counter is visually balanced by the large, raised differential at 6 o'clock. Left to right: the two flying balances and their escapements mirror each other, right down to the position of the stud holders pinning their balance springs.
The differential has three roles:
- Transferring power to each of the regulators;
- Receiving the individual timing rates from each balance; and
- Transmitting the average rate of the two regulators to the gear train, where it finally manifests itself as the displayed time.
MB&F Legacy Machine No 2 Titanium is powered by a three-dimensional horological movement, developed exclusively for MB&F by Jean-François Mojon at Chronode, and Kari Voutilainen. The manually wound mechanism is assembled from 241 individual components and 44 jewels. It beats at a frequency of 18000 vibrations per hour, and provides approximately 45 hours of power reserve. The movement is finished in the spirit of the 19th century style: polished internal bevel angles highlighting handcraft; polished bevels; Geneva waves; gold chatons with polished countersinks; hand-made engravings.
The new Legacy Machine 2, from a grade 5 titanium with a blue-green dial, is available in a limited edition of just 18 pieces. The watch is priced at $138,000 and already available at select authorized retailers. For more details, visit mbandf.com.
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