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 reserve.
Three-dimensional vertical architecture, automatic winding, conceived and developed in-house by MB&F
Central flying 60-second tourbillon
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 jewels: 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.