MB&F teased us a little bit at SIHH saying they had something big coming up for Baselworld. I initially assumed it would be a daily wearer from MB&F (how cool would that be) in the sub-20K price range. Much to my surprise however, they decided to go after women’s wrists! This is a very welcome move by the company. Non other than the Legacy Machine sees the introduction of the FlyingT. Funnily enough, at the meeting with MB&F in Geneva we mentioned to our host (a woman) how good that her Legacy Machine fit her wrist. Little did we know of course…
Now, when you think women’s watches, I find it terribly difficult to find a great looking piece that isn’t plastered full of diamonds and what not. It seems that for the first release, MB&F has also chosen to go down this route. While the women in my house would surely pass on the watch for this reason (ignoring budget concerns for a second), I do get why MB&F had to do this. The reason, I have little doubt here, that they had to go with the diamond settings,was to make a proper statement and leave no doubt about it: This watch is for you, women of the watch world. And to those looking for a more classical look, without the diamonds, I am entirely positive that they will eventually release one without any stones set in the case or on the dial. This is the introduction of an entirely ‘new’ world for MB&F, so it had to come with a bang.
Legacy Machine FlyingT launches in three editions, all in white gold and set with diamonds: black lacquer dial plate with case set with brilliant-cut diamonds; dial plate and case both fully set with brilliant-cut diamonds; dial plate and case both fully set with baguette-cut diamonds. On all three editions you will see the round case in white gold, with a steeply cambered bezel and slender, elongated lugs, and fully set with diamonds. A high, extravagantly convex dome of sapphire crystal rises from the bezel, a familiar sight to anyone familiar with the Legacy Machine family of wristwatches.
On the reverse, the automatic winding rotor takes the shape of a three-dimensional red gold sun with sculpted rays, providing LM FlyingT with four days of power reserveRéserve de marche Also known as Power Reserve. A watch's power reserve refers to the amount of time a mechanical watch can run without being wound. The power reserve of a mechanical watch can vary depending on the size of the mainspring, the efficiency of the gear train, and the rate at which the mainspring releases energy. If a watch has a Power Reserve 'complication' it simply means that the status of the power reserve can be seen on the watch itself (either on the dial or movement side of the watch). [Learn More].
Three-dimensional vertical architecture, automatic winding, conceived and developed in-house by MB&F
Central flying 60-second tourbillonTourbillon A tourbillon is a complication in a mechanical watch that is designed to improve the accuracy of the watch by compensating for the effects of gravity on the balance wheel and escapement. It consists of a rotating cage that holds the balance wheel and escapement, which rotates on its own axis once per minute. This rotation helps to average out the positional errors caused by gravity, making the watch more accurate [Learn More]
Power reserve: 100 hours
Balance frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 bph
Three-dimensional sun winding rotor in 18k 5N+ red gold, titanium and platinum.
Number of components: 280
Number of jewelsJewels Watch jewels are small, synthetic sapphire or ruby bearings that are used in mechanical watches to reduce friction and wear on moving parts. They are typically made from corundum. They are used as bearings for a.o. the pivots to reduce friction. [Learn More]: 30
Hours and minutes displayed on a 50° vertically titled dial with two blued serpentine hands.
Two crowns: winding on left and time-setting on right
Material: launch editions in 18k white gold and diamonds
High domed sapphire crystal on top with anti-reflective coating on both sides, sapphire crystal on back.
Dimensions: 38.5mm x 20mm
Number of components: 17
Water resistance: 30 m / 90’ / 3 atm
Women’s watches just got exciting again.