As a watch enthusiast, I understand the pain and pride behind developing an in-house movement. So this time around when MB&F announced their Legacy Machine 101, my interest piqued as it houses the very first movement developed entirely in-house by MB&F. Dominating the dial is a monumental suspended balance wheel, which is another point of interest in terms of design and functionality.
Classically sized as a 40mm wristwatch, the Legacy Machine 101 (LM101) features two pristine-white subdials and is placed above the sunray-engraved movement top plate: the top right showcases the highly legible hours and minutes that are indicated via blued-gold hands and the 45-hour power reserve indicator is displayed in a smaller, but similar subdial below.
What I really like about the design is that the sapphire crystal protecting the dial appears to be invisible; thus creating an illusion that you can touch the balance wheel. The display back crystal has been domed to reduce the thickness of the caseband and also showcases the hand-finished movement.
Inspired by the pocket watches from the eras gone by, the award-winning independent watchmaker Kari Voutilainen is the man behind the movement’s fines finishing. Legacy Machine 101 is available in an 18k red gold or 18k white gold case.
- Engine: Three-dimensional horological movement developed in-house by MB&F
- Aesthetical design and finish specifications: Kari Voutilainen
- Manual winding with single mainspring barrel
- Power reserve: 45 hours
- Number of components: 229 components
- Number of jewels: 23
- Functions: Hours, minutes and power reserve indicator. Large suspended balance wheel over dial
- Strap & Buckle: Black or brown hand-stitched alligator strap with gold tang buckle to match case.