The new MB&F LMX

It’s been 10 years since the LM1

and the first iteration featured a round case, white lacquered dials, blued hands, and a hallucinatory
“flying” balance wheel, plucked from its expected rear-mounted location and suspended like a sky-hovering extra-terrestrial visitor, oscillating under a domed crystal.

While Horological Machines represent the out of the box thinking and pure imagination the Legacy Machines series focusses more on traditional watchmaking .

The LMX is a celebration of 10 years of creation, inspiration and watchmaking. It returns to its beginnings with a central flying balance wheel and two dials, however everything else is different.

One of the most significant features on the LMX are 2 independent time zones on tilted dials. The dial on the right is set by the crown at the 2 o’clock position, which bears an engraving of the MB&F battle-axe and also winds the movement. The crown
at 10 o’clock, engraved with a globe to acknowledge the potential use of a second time zone, sets the time of the left dial. Unlike the first Legacy Machines however, both dials are tilted at an angle – a more complex feature present on the most recent Legacy Machines, requiring the transfer of energy from horizontal to vertical planes thanks to conical gears. The LMX also follows this latter approach of the brand revealing functional elements such as the battle-axe-shaped escapement bridge and gear-train components.

Of particular note is the new bespoke balance wheel, a 13.4mm behemoth with inertia blocks that marks a departure from the more traditional screwed balances and offers greater accuracy to the watchmaker in regulating the heart of LMX. Other refinements include the polished arms of the straight bridges exposed on the dial plate, manually finished to impart a curved, or bercé, profile on their upper surfaces.

LMX is available in two limited launch editions:

  • 18 pieces in 18k red gold with black NAC treatment on
    plates and bridges;
  • 33 pieces in grade 5 titanium with green CVD treatment
    on plates and bridges.

Which of the 2 do you like best?

Cheers Niko!

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