This new edition of Legacy Machine No1 celebrates the opening of MB&F’s M.A.D. Gallery in Dubai opened in partnership with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. LM1 M.A.D. Dubai is a limited edition of just 13 pieces in Ti-6Al-4V (grade 5) titanium. It is the first Legacy Machine available in this high-tech aerospace grade alloy.
First launched in 2011, 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 annular case.
The LM1 M.A.D. Dubai edition is easily distinguished from its stable mates by the eye-catching vivid green of its CVD-treated movement main plate, as well as the Arabic-Hindi numerals of the “home time” sub dial. It is also worth emphasising that LM1 is one of very few dual time zone watches offering completely independent setting of both hours and minutes. Green CVD has only recently become an option; the colour has long been considered too unstable for commercial applications. While applying green CVD is a long process, light playing over the verdant surface creates spectacularly contrasting hues of blue and purple.
The specific alloy of titanium used for LM1 M.A.D. Dubai is Ti-6Al-4V, which is a blend of pure titanium with 6% aluminium, 4% vanadium and trace amounts of iron and oxygen. The Ti-6Al-4V alloy is significantly stronger than commercially pure titanium and has an excellent combination of lightness, strength, and resistance to corrosion.
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. 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.
LM1 M.A.D. Dubai is a limited edition of 13 pieces in grade 5 titanium, available exclusively through the MB&F M.A.D.Gallery in Dubai.
LM1 M.A.D. Dubai
Three-dimensional horological movement developed exclusively for MB&F by Chronode with bridge design and finishing specified by Kari Voutilainen
Manual winding with single mainspring barrel
Power reserve: 45 hours
Balance wheel: bespoke 14mm balance wheel with four traditional regulating screws floating above the movement and dials
Balance spring: traditional Breguet curve terminating in mobile stud holder
Balance frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 bph
Number of components: 279
Number of jewels: 23
Chatons: gold chatons with polished countersinks
Fine finishing: superlative hand finishing throughout respecting 19th-century style; internal bevel angles highlighting handcraft; polished bevels; Geneva waves; handmade engravings
Hours and minutes; completely independent dual time zones displayed on two dials (left with Roman numerals and right with Arabic Hindi numerals); unique vertical power reserve
Left crown at 8 o’clock for setting time of left dial; right crown at 4 o’clock for setting time of right dial and winding
Grade 5 titanium
Dimensions: 44mm diameter x 16mm height
Number of components: 65
Sapphire crystals: High domed sapphire crystal on top and sapphire crystal on back with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Strap and buckle
Black hand-stitched alligator strap with titanium tang buckle