MB&F Legacy Machine No. 1 LM1 Final Edition. Hands-on with the First and Last Stainless Steel LM1.

For the very first time and for its final edition, the MB&F Legacy Machine No. 1 LM1 gets a stainless steel case. This Final Edition closes the chapter for the MB&F LM1 which is also available in a 33-piece limited edition in platinum, in a 13-piece limited edition in titanium for the M.A.D Gallery Dubai, in 18K white gold and in 18K red gold. First launched in 2011, the Legacy Machine No. 1 —LM1— is a tribute  to the great innovators of traditional watchmaking, with its  monumental central balance, superlatively finished movement, completely independent dual time zones, unique vertical power reserve indicator and elegant angular case.

Things you Need to Know

The case on the new MB&F LM1 Final Edition maintains the same proportions as its predecessors with a case measuring 44 mm in diameter and 16 mm in thickness. Just like an all other LM1s, the 14 mm flying balance wheel takes the center stage as viewed from the top of the domed crystal and suspended by a double bridge that for this final edition is now tubular instead of angular. For this final edition in stainless steel, only 18 pieces have been created sporting a dark chocolate dial created via CVD —Chemical Vapor Deposition. 

Equipped with a dual time function, both the hours and the minutes on each of the two sub dials can be set completely independently of each other. While the left crown located at 8 o'clock is used for setting the time on the left dial, the right crown at 4 o'clock sets the time of right dial but also winds the watch.

Looking like a miniature sextant, the world's first vertical power reserve indicator keeps track of available power while providing a visual three-dimensional counterpoint to the graceful arches supporting the balance.

The Movement

LM1's transcendental in-house movement bears testimony to the enormous talent of its creators, Jean-François Mojon of Chronode and Kari Voutilainen. Immaculate Geneva waves, highly polished gold chatons, and bridges with impeccably executed bevels following deliberate internal angles —which cannot be finished by machine— showcase the movement's absolutely peerless fine finishing. The LM1’s movement proudly bears the names of both its creators, and is the first calibre other than Voutilainen's own to bear his name. This movement, composed of 279 parts and 23 jewels beats at a frequency of 18,000 vph to provide a power reserve of 45 hours when fully wound.

On the Wrist & Price

On the wrist, the MB&F LM1 Final Edition wears true to its size and just like all other iterations of this watch. The MB&F LM1 Final Edition is equipped with a dark chocolate brown alligator strap with pin buckle. As far as looks, prepare yourself to have one of the most amazing horological creations on your wrist and the best looking LM1 out there. Available in a limited edition of only 18 pieces.

Sticker Price $79,000 USD. For more info on MB&F click here.