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  • Manufacturer: MB&F
    Year: 2017
    Case No: O4WG51779
    Model Name: Legacy Machine Split Escapement
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Manual, inhouse, 35 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 44mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by fitted box, guarantee, folder and product literature

  • Catalogue Essay

    It is an interesting choice of words to say that Maximilian Büsser made a very audacious move when he decided to move away from the convention defying designs of the Horological Machines his brand is known for to create a round classical timepiece with Roman numerals. However, the Legacy Machine – originally launched in 2012 – is not a classic watch in the conventional sense but a tribute to 19th century watchmaking that has its feet firmly set in this millennium.

    The present Split Escapement keeps the design codes of the Legacy Machines with its domed crystal, extra-large 14mm balance suspended over the dial and held by an arch shaped bridge, and its superlative finish. However, it differentiates itself from its siblings from the fact that there is absolutely no other element of the escapement to be seen other than the balance! The anchor and escape wheel are in fact concealed on the opposite side of the movement, almost 12 mm below, rendering the oscillations of the balance even more magnetic to behold.

    An incredibly daunting task requiring tight tolerances to function and extreme skills to assemble, the Split Escapement was developed with independent watchmaker Stephen McDonnell.

    The watch features a 72 hour power reserve indicator and date on white lacquer subdials placed upon a beautifully hammered slate grey dial.

    Limited to 18 pieces, the present Legacy Machine Split Escapement is a watch that powerfully merges technical prowess with aesthetic harmony.

    Please note that MB&F generously offers a complimentary service of the watch to the successful bidder.

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MB&F

A technically and aesthetically impressive limited edition white gold wristwatch with suspended balance, date and power reserve indicator

2017
44mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF40,000 - 60,000 
€37,700-56,600
$41,300-62,000

sold for CHF47,500

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: XI

Geneva Auction 27 - 28 June 2020