It’s time to say goodbye to the Legacy Machine 1. Sort of. This is the LM1 Final Edition, the last member of the LM1 family, first released back in 2011, kicking off the entire Legacy Machine project for MB&F. To close out the much-loved model, MB&F is introducing three major updates for this extremely limited piece.
The LM1 is a relatively straightforward watch, and one that gave people a totally different look at MB&F when it debuted. There are two totally separate time displays on white lacquer dials with blued hands, over which hangs a massive balance wheel on an arched bridge. Just below that is a unique vertical indicator for the 45-hour power reserve. The 44mm case is large by most standards, but extremely conservative and wearable by MB&F standards. Even for those who prefer smaller watches (such as me), it’s comfortable and one heck of a fun watch to wear. In total, 435 LM1 have been produced over the years, with different metals for the cases and different colors for the dials (and a few unusual editions too).
There are three things that make the LM1 Final Edition special. The first is the stainless steel case and the second is that rich brown dial. You’ve seen these two before from MB&F, but only once – on the MB&F LM101 Limited Edition for HODINKEE. After our collaboration, the folks at MB&F liked the combo so much they decided to use it again for this special piece (and we’re told that steel could find its way into future Final Editions too). You’ll also notice that the balance bridge is different from what you’ll typically find on the LM1. Instead, this watch uses the more rounded, brightly polished bridge found on the LM101 and Legacy Machine Perpetual.
Turn the watch over and you’ve got the same movement that’s been in all the LM1 editions. It was developed by Chronode for MB&F and was created in partnership with both Jean-Francois Mojon and Kari Voutilainen. It has architecture reminiscent of super-traditional Swiss pocket watch movements and is a real watch lover’s caliber. The finishing is top-notch too, as you’d expect with Mr. Voutilainen involved.
The LM1 Final Edition is limited to just 18 pieces, with a price of $79,000. For more, visit MB&F online.