Back in 2015 MB&F launched the phenomenal Legacy Machine Perpetual with the help of watchmaker Stephen McDonnell in developing the movement, and about which we wrote here, in launch editions of 25 pieces in 18k 5N+ red gold and 25 pieces in platinum 950. Now, following models in red gold, platinum, white gold, and titanium, a new 18k yellow gold model with a blue dial joins the Perpetual family.
Following the models in red gold, platinum, white gold and titanium, not to mention the fact that the Legacy Machine Perpetual won the Best Calendar Watch Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2016, a new 18k yellow gold case with blue dial now joins the Legacy Machine Perpetual series in a limited edition of 25 pieces.
The Legacy Machine Perpetual is, as the name indicates, a perpetual calendar, with what was then a new manual-wind movement (with a patented ‘mechanical processor’) created by watchmaker Stephen McDonnell. Rather than having a module and base movement, the Legacy Machine’s perpetual calendar consists of a 581 part integrated movement that was designed to be foolproof in terms of date adjustments via the pushers which automatically deactivate when the calendar changes, to avoid accidents.
Whereas the standard perpetual calendar is designed for 31 day months, fast forwarding past redundant dates during the monthly changeover, McDonnell’s design skips past the extra days via a date lever, which starts ‘reading’ the days in the relevant month when it hits day 25. The ‘mechanical processor’ utilises a default 28 day month and adds extra days when required. The Legacy Machine Perpetual also has a quick set pusher to adjust for leap years. This movement beats at 18,00VPH and has a power reserve of three days.
The distinctively MB&F Legacy Machine (14mm) balance wheel flies over the movement on the blue dial. From the time at 12 o’clock we have the day of the week at 3 o’clock, power reserve indicator between 4 and 5 o’clock, month at 6 o’clock, retrograde leap year indicator between 7 and 8 o’clock, and the date at 9 o’clock.
The 18k yellow gold case measures 44mm x 17.5mm. It has double AR-coated sapphire crystals and it is water resistant to 30m.
The new MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual Yellow Gold comes on a navy blue alligator strap with a yellow gold folding buckle. Limited to 25 pieces, its RRP is CHF 158,000 / EUR 147,000 (excluding tax).
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