In 2014, MB&F unveiled the Legacy Machine 101 (LM101), its most affordable classically-styled watch, but nonetheless equipped with a beautifully executed, hand-wound movement that had its styling and decoration conceived by Kari Voutilainen. Several editions later, including the pair of “Frost”watches and one in platinum, the brand unveils the Legacy Machine 101 Palladium.
Limited to 18 pieces, the watch has the same dimensions as the earlier versions of the LM101, so the case 40mm wide, making it the smallest Legacy Machine. It is made of palladium, a bright white metal that resembles platinum – they are both in the same family of metals – but is considerably lighter, yet harder and more resistant to scratches. The case has a polished top surface on the lugs and bezel, with a contrasting brushed case band.
It is combined with a pale blue, sunray-brushed dial, on which time is indicated on a sub-dial at two o’clock and a power reserve on a smaller sub-dial at six o’clock. Both sub-dials are in white lacquer with printed markers, giving them a vague resemblance to porcelain dials on antique pocket watches.
Like all other Legacy Machines, the balance wheel is suspended high above the dial by an arched balance bridge. The balance is 14mm large with four adjustable weights for regulation and a hairspring with a Breguet overcoil.
Visible through the sapphire case back, the movement demonstrates a significant degree of fine finishing and classical details, no doubt thanks to Mr Voutilainen, including elegant, wavy bridges with polished, bevelled edges and large jewels in gold chatons with wide, polished countersinks.
Key facts and price
Legacy Machine 101 Palladium
Water resistance: 30m
Functions: Hours, minutes and power reserve indicator
Frequency: 18,000bph, or 2.5Hz
Power reserve: 45 hours
Strap: Black or brown alligator
Limited edition: 18 pieces
Availability: Already available at retailers
Price: US$58,000, or 84,500 Singapore dollars
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