Introducing the MB&F LM1 M.A.D. Dubai, a CVD-Green Limited Edition For the Emirate

Limited to just 13 pieces, the LM1 M.A.D. Dubai is exclusive to MB&F's store in the Gulf city, featuring a green dial as well as Eastern Arabic numerals.

Available solely at the recently opened M.A.D. Gallery in Dubai run by retailer Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the new Legacy Machine 1 (LM1) features a striking metallic green base plate achieved via chemical vapour deposition (CVD) coating, a colour used for the first time in watchmaking. The finish is a nod to a colour synonymous with the region, just like the Eastern Arabic numerals on the right sub-dial of the twin time zone display.

The case is 44 mm and made of a titanium alloy, unlike most MB&F watches that are in precious metals. In fact, the LM1 M.A.D. Dubai is the first of this model in titanium, with one reason for the case material being Islam, the dominant religion in the Middle East, prohibits men from wearing gold objects.

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The hand-wound movement inside is identical to that in the original LM1, being a hand-wound calibre constructed with the oversized balance wheel sitting on the front, under an enormous domed sapphire crystal. Designed by Jean-Francois Mojon of Chronode, a noted movement specialist, the movement boasts classical aesthetics that are the work of Kari Voutilainen, the Finnish independent watchmaker highly regarded for his movement decoration.

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The LM1 M.A.D. Dubai is availably only at the M.A.D. Gallery in the city and is priced at 308,000 dirhams, equivalent to US$84,000.

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IWC Introduces the Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 Laureus – the First for Ladies

Engineered for the ladies for the very first time, the 2016 Laureus limited edition takes the form of the Portofino Automatic Moon Phase.

Since abandoning its once famous slogan “Engineered for men”, IWC has tiptoed into the world of ladies’ watches. Now for the first time the Schaffhausen watchmaker has made the annual Laureus limited edition a ladies’ watch, in contrast to earlier editions (like last year’s Ingenieur Laureus) that were large watches engineered for men.

A variation of the Portofino Midsize introduced two years ago, the Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” still retains the deep, metallic blue dial that characterise the Laureus timepieces. But the dial also features 12 round diamonds marking the hours and a moon phase display at 12 o’clock. It’s powered by a self-winding calibres made by Sellita, favoured for its robust and affordable movements.

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The stainless steel case is 37 mm in diameter, and in the tradition of the series the back is engraved with a facsimile of a child’s drawing. Done by a 16-year old Cypriot girl, the drawing won the contest IWC holds each year to select the case back decoration.

HANDOUT - The winning drawing of Elena Partakki on the competition theme “Time for Sport” shows girls and boys playing with a ball. Eleni Partakki is a participant of Peace Players Inter¬national Cyprus (PPI), a project that actively encourages Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot boys and girls living in the divided Cyprus to play basketball together (PHOTOPRESS/IWC)

A charity established by Richemont, the Swiss luxury conglomerate that owns IWC, as well as the corporate parent of Mercedes-Benz, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation helps children in disadvantaged places with sports-related projects. For instance, the winner of this year’s drawing contest is active in a project that encourages Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot children on the divided island to play basketball together.

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Pricing and availability

The Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 Laureus edition (ref. IW459006) is fitted to a blue Santoni alligator leather strap finished in variegated tones that’s a signature of the Italian shoemaker.

Available in stores now, it’s limited to 1500 pieces, with a price tag of S$13,300 (including taxes) in Singapore. That’s equivalent to US$9860, and just about three percent higher than the list price of the regular model. Part of the proceeds from the sale of each Laureus wristwatch will go to the foundation.

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Hands-On with the Longines RailRoad, the Beautifully Functional Remake of a Railway Engineer’s Watch

A handsome, affordable watch that's modelled on a 1960s railroad watch, Longines' latest Heritage timepiece is appealingly uncomplicated.

Railroad watches were once vital to railway systems, necessary to keep trains running on time and safely. Used by key personnel of the railroads like conductors and engineers, railroad watches were made according to strict standards laid down by the railway operators. Today it is hard to imagine how crucial railroad watches once were, but the reliability of these timekeepers were a matter of life and death. In fact, railroad watches were important enough that railway companies had watch inspectors, as well as rules prohibiting railway employees from setting or regulating watches themselves.

The best known railroad watches are the pocket watches made by American companies like Ball, Elgin and Hamilton for domestic railway companies starting in the mid 19th century – these are amongst the finest mass produced pocket watches ever made. But railroad watches were used by railway companies all over the world, with wristwatches succeeding railroad pocket watches in the 20th century. In the 1960s Longines supplied the R.R 280 chronometer to railway companies around the world, with railway personnel in places as diverse as China, the United States, Italy, Canada, Romania and Persia all sporting the same precision wristwatch.

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The 1960s original

With quartz watches and centralised traffic control on railways, expensive and precise railroad watches are irrelevant. But the Longines RailRoad (ref. L2.803.4.23.0/3) is true to the spirit of railroad timekeeping, being a legible, reliable, mass produced timepiece at an affordable price.

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The design of the RailRoad remake is practically identical to the original, with an ivory dial sporting oversized Arabic numbers for the hours, as well as an inner 24-hour track. Lance-shaped hands do a splendid job of telling the time without a fuss, with the only superfluous markings on the dial being the logo and lettering at six o’clock. “R.R 888” is a nod to the 1960s original, which was marked “R.R 280” since it was equipped with the calibre 280.

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The calibre L888.2 inside the RailRoad remake is an ETA A31.L01, the type of movement that would be found in a modern day railroad watch if trains still ran on mechanical time. It’s an upgraded version of the robust ETA 2892, made only for Longines and other brands in the Swatch Group, the watchmaking conglomerate that owns movement maker ETA. One of the key improvements is the extended power reserve: while the ordinary ETA 2892 has a shortish 42-hour power reserve, the upgraded version used by Longines will run for at least 64 hours.

At 40 mm in diameter the RailRoad is slightly larger than the 35 mm original, but still modestly sized by modern standards, making it an easy watch to wear under a cuff. While the size and form give it the feel of a dress watch, the look is overtly functional. The case has a brushed finish, while the bezel is mirror polished – nothing fancy but it suits the style. A more compelling detail is the domed sapphire crystal that approximates the look of the mineral crystal of the original, but with the convenience of being scratch-resistant. Being relatively expensive to produce, domed or box-shaped sapphire crystals are rarely found on watches in this price range, though they are becoming more common as sapphire cutting technology improves.

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The case back is the only ornamental part of the watch, featuring an engraving depicting a speeding locomotive over the Longines logo. But it is hidden on the back, leaving the watch looking as functional as its historical inspiration.

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Pricing and availability  

Available starting summer 2016, the Longines RailRoad (ref. L2.803.4.23.0/3) is priced at a reasonable SFr1700 or S$2700. That’s equivalent to US$1760.

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