I have a strange affinity for antique watches; they make me wonder how regal the old times would be and how the stunning watches’ class and elegance despite being around for so many decades. I don’t seem to be alone in pondering, as MB&F also has decided to take a step back in time to come out with the Legacy Machine No.1 (LM1). The stunning watch is created from scratch with the help of Jean-François Mojon and Kari Voutilainen. The fascinating part of the watch is its balance wheel that appears right in the front; in fact, it seems to float above the dial! Another notable reminder that it is indeed a modern watch is the “sextant-shaped instrument,” at 6 o’clock position, which is said to be “the world’s first vertical power reserve.”
Available in 18 carat red and white gold, the 44mm wide and 16mm high watch sports a high domed sapphire crystal with a two sided anti-reflective coating and a sapphire caseback with anti-reflective coating on one side. The watch offers 45-hours of power reserve and is finished with a black or brown hand-stitched alligator strap and a gold tang buckle.