Initially launched in 2013, the MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2 was only available in 18K white gold with dark grey dial, 18K rose gold with silver dial, a limited edition of 18 pieces in platinum with blue dial and in an 18-piece limited edition in titanium with its strikingly beautiful vivid blue greenish dial. Then, a fourth iteration of the MB&F LM2 was released last year 2018 in white gold with an unconventional purple dial. MB&F started using purple as far back as 2011 in their winding rotors on the HM3 Frog Zr, HM5 CarbonMacrolon and on the HM8 Only Watch. Today, six years later from its original launch and less than a year later after the release of the purple edition, MB&F presents the last edition ever of the Legacy Machine No. 2 in an 18K red gold case with a striking blue dial.
Available in a highly exclusive 12-piece limited edition the new MB&F LM2 Red Gold Blue could very well become the most desirable of all LM2s due to its rich, deep blue dial plate, obtained thanks to a CVD process —chemical vapour deposition.
The stars of the LM2 are undoubtedly the dual “flying” balance wheels, which are now secured by the second-generation, rounded and polished bridges introduced on the most recent LM2 editions. The two fully independent regulating systems, each beating at its own rate, are averaged out by the central planetary differential. The complex movement was conceived for MB&F by award-winning watchmakers Jean-François Mojon and Kari Voutilainen. The LM2 is a tribute to some of the greatest watchmakers ever: Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823), Ferdinand Berthoud (1727-1807) and Antide Janvier (1751-1835), three men united by their inventive genius and their experimentations with dual regulators. The LM2 is also a tribute to perhaps the greatest watchmaker today: Philippe Dufour, creator of the “Duality”, the first wristwatch to contain dual regulators and a differential.
Immaculate Geneva waves, gold chatons, mirror-polished bevels and bridges designed with deliberate internal beveled angles showcase the movement's peerless fine finishing. Consistent with MB&F's spirit of transparency, the names of the two men responsible for the movement —Jean-François Mojon and Kari Voutilainen— are hand engraved on the back. The manual wound three-dimensional calibre is composed of 241 parts, 44 jewels, a planetary differential comprising 3 gears and 5 pinions, two bespoke 11 mm balance wheels with four traditional regulating screws floating above the movement and dials and a Breguet balance spring and when fully wound, it provides a power reserve of 45 hours while beating at a frequency of 18,000 vph.
On the wrist the watch wears true to its size and extremely comfortably. Even when the other five editions of the LM2 are already to die for, there’s something very special about the warm tones of the red gold case combined with this hue of blue on its dial. Kudos to MB&F.
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