In the style of the Legacy Machine 1, Maximilian Busser & Friends’ LM101 sports a balance wheel that appears to float over the watch face. But it also contains MB&F’s first in-house designed caliber: there are 229 components and 23 jewels in the timepiece’s hand-finished movement.
The LM101’s aesthetics are striking—it conjures an unusual grace out of the complexity expressed in its dial, and harmoniously balances the history of watch mechanics with contemporary tastes. Part of the appeal rests in the sapphire crystal, a domed design that makes it virtually disappear, allowing the raised subdials to stand out even more dramatically. The back of the watch also boasts a crystal, so Kari Voutilainen’s artfully designed arrangement can be seen.
The LM101 is available in 18k red or white gold; the platinum 950 dial is limited to 33 examples, and a version with a dial in palladium 950 is limited to 18 examples. Also available are 33 pieces in frosted 18k red gold, as are 18 examples in frosted 18k yellow gold.