Celebrate an award-winning timepiece
I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I’m a huge fan of MB&F. Their creations embody passion and vision like – in my opinion – no other brand in the industry does. There are a lot of different models to be found in the collection realised by Max Büsser and Friends; resulting in a great variety and a favourite look for almost each watch enthusiast.
My personal favourite – the Legacy Machine Perpetual – is in my opinion the most well-balanced and cool looking piece created by these artists. The levitating balance-wheel, the crazy lay-out and the fact that the details are visible from each angle make this the perfect creation for me. As you all know – if you don’t; shame on you! – last Thursday, MB&F won the ‘Grand Prix d’Horlogerie De Geneve’ in the category for ‘Calendar’ watches. Hooray! A prize that’s on the wish list of each watchmaker. If you win this prize, you can take a look in the mirror and say: ‘Who’s the man? I’m the man!’ Something each and every man should be able to do at least once in his life.
Two new Legacy Machines in white gold
To celebrate this marvellous success, MB&F decided to send two more Perpetuals to planet Earth. After all, you know these pieces are from outer space, right? So following up the two editions launched in 2015, in platinum and rose gold (both limited to 25 pieces and sold out), we welcome two new pieces in 18Ct white gold. There’s one with a purple face and there’s one with a grey face. The last one will be non-limited, whereas the purple variant will also be available in a limited number of 25 pieces. Let’s be honest, how f*cking cool is that purple one? I’m in love, the design was already mind-blowing; adding a cool non-standard colour to it makes it cooler than anything you can imagine.
Max Büsser and Stephen McDonnell
If you’re not familiar with this Perpetual Calendar, you should do some research. Why? Because Mr. McDonnell, the North-Irish watchmaker created a movement far from a conventional perpetual calendar movement. Rather than the 31 days used in a ‘normal’ perpetual movement, this Legacy Machine uses a default of 28 days for each month, adding up days if necessary. Resulting in a – as they describe it themselves – ‘fool-proof’ movement. I like the choice of words here. We all know that perpetual calendar watches are very fragile because of the technique used within the movement. By revisiting the whole idea of a perpetual movement, Mr. McDonnell created a movement that can withstand more adjustments than traditional perpetual movements. Not only fancy from the inside – also from the inside.
A welcome addition or just an easy way for a quick buck?
I know we often discuss brands that give a watch a different colour and sell it as ‘new’. I have to admit – since I have to stick to my opinion – I hate that when it happens. Is it the same with these new Legacy Machines? Yes, essentially it is. However, there’s a huge difference with these timepieces in my eyes.
You see, a Legacy Machine is that warm cosy feeling that you never want to end. I find it hard to believe that this piece of art wouldn’t be available anymore after the first 25 pieces. You can’t compare them of course, but I would rather be at a party full of Legacy Machine-wearing wrists, than the ones with Subs or Royal Oaks. Now, that’s not a comparison, it’s just me expressing my love for real art within horology. A timepiece that embodies a vision, a passion. Of course it would be a sad story if everyone across the globe would wear a Legacy Machine Perpetual, but then again.. the chance I would get to see one, or even wear it, would be bigger. So I’m not complaining. I think that the fact that this watch is so special, so magical, kind of justifies the fact that there’s a non-limited production. After all, we can agree that it will never be an ordinary timepiece. Besides that, it’s not available for everyone, so one way or another – there will never be too much Legacy Machines. I like that thought.