Introducing The MB&F LM1 In Platinum, A 33-Piece Limited Edition With A Electric Blue Dial (With Specs And Price)

The MB&F Legacy Machines combine retro-steampunk aesthetics with lovingly finished movements, and now the very first watch of the series, the LM1, is available in platinum with a bright blue dial in a limited edition of just 33 pieces.

Last year MB&F presented the second Legacy Machine with twin balance wheels, including a limited edition in platinum of just 18 pieces. Despite costing over US$200,000, the electric blue dial of the platinum LM2 proved popular and sold out quickly. Now MB&F has applied the same formula to the first watch in the Legacy Machine series, the dual time zone LM1 in a limited edition of 33 pieces, priced at half its more expensive cousin.

The new LM2 in platinum has a blue dial in a shade so striking it is unmistakable on the wrist; naturally it is the exact same colour as the platinum LM that proved surprisingly popular despite the price.

Dial and case material aside the platinum LM1 is exactly the same as the gold versions. The case is 44 mm in diameter and 16 mm high, hefty in gold and even more so in platinum. Much of the height of the case is due to the large, domed crystal that provides a panoramic view of the oversized, 14 mm balance wheel and vertical power reserve indicator.

Turn it over and the movement – constructed by Jean-Francois Mojon of Chronode with the finishing devised by Kari Voutilainen – is impressively decorated with sleekly shaped bridges and large gold chatons.

The platinum LM1 is limited to 33 pieces and priced at 98,000 Swiss francs before taxes, with the US retail price being US$114,000.

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Pre-SIHH 2015: Introducing The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar With Meteorite Dial – A Piece Of The Heavens For Just A Bit More (With Specs And Price)

Jaeger-LeCoultre has given its signature Master Calendar some extraterrestrial flair with a dial made of a thin slice of meteorite – all for an attractively small extra cost compared to the regular model.

SIHH 2015 will see Jaeger-LeCoultre present several calendar and astronomical themed timepieces, one of which is the new Master Calendar with meteorite dial. Launched two years ago with a conventional silvered dial, the Master Calendar has the traditional triple calendar layout with three windows and a date pointer. That is now made a little more interesting with a dial made from meteorite discovered in Sweden that originated much farther afield, from the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars. The dial is made from an iron meteorite, the type most commonly used for watch dial. Sliced  and then etched in acid, the material then reveals the distinctive, brushstroke-like Widmanstätten pattern, formed by the iron-nickel crystal in the meteorite, that make for a unique and attractive dial.

Though exotic, meteorite watch dials are neither rare nor new. They began appearing in watch some twenty years ago, with Corum and Rolex prominently promoting watches with such dials.

Dial aside the new Master Calendar is identical to the regular model. Case dimensions remain 39 mm wide and 10.6 mm high, with the self-winding calibre 866 inside. It is available in rose gold or steel. Best of all this does not cost very much more than the regular model, reflecting the straitened times for the watch industry. The price premium for the meteorite dial is small – 5% extra for the steel version and 10% for the gold. Prices for the meteorite dial Master Calendar are 16,000 Singapore dollars in steel and 33,100 Singapore dollars in rose gold. 

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