MB&F - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV Geneva Friday, November 5, 2021 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: MB&F
    Year: 2011
    Case No: 50A39200P caseback further stamped Prototype
    Model Name: Legacy Machine 1 Prototype "Longhorn"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel MB&F deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 44mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by MB&F fitted box, International Warranty dated 7 November 2021, instruction manual, original sketches and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Max Busser has been rocking the horological boat for close to 15 years with his Sci-Fi pop culture kinetic wrist sculptures that also happen to be incredible wristwatches, however, with his Legacy Machines he is paying an incredible tribute to the horological greats of the 19th century.

    Presented in 2011 and discontinued in 2017, the Legacy Machine 1 sets the design language for the ensuing models: a domed crystal, extra-large 14mm balance suspended over the dial held by an arch shaped bridge and, superlative movement finish done in conjunction with none other than Kari Voutilainen.

    In celebration of the Legacy Machine 1’s 10th anniversary, we are delighted to have been entrusted by MB&F to offer this visually arresting and technically captivating unique stainless steel prototype (a rare occurrence as the brand never makes unique pieces).

    The present LM1 is nicknamed “Longhorn” due to its extra long lugs – something that didn’t make it into the production pieces. The idea of “long horns” was explored, but the placement of the holes for the strap bars seemed problematic - close to the case or at the tip of the lug? Depending on the wearer’s wrist size, both options could lead to a bad fit. As a result, Max Büsser and designer Eric Giroud ended up going for shorter lugs.

    However, during a recent brainstorming session, Büsser had an Eureka moment and decided to drill two holes in the lugs for the spring bar – one hole at the tip of the lug and the other closer to the case so the wearer could decide where to place the strap.

    Other unique elements in the present watch, other than the case, include glossy black sub dials instead of the signature white lacquer combined with the blued hands. Furthermore, the bridge holding the balance is also different to the original version and more organic.

    Finally, the case is in stainless steel, a metal only used in the 18 examples of the “LM1 Final Edition”

    The LM1 was an instant hit when it was launched, receiving both popular and critical praises. The watch received both the Public Prize and the Best Men’s Watch Prize at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève in 2012.

    An incredible timepiece in any combination, the present LM1 Longhorn prototype demonstrates MB&F’s aesthetical and technical prowess in creating a modern day icon that 10 years after its original launch is still cutting edge and groundbreaking and provides a unique opportunity to own a piece of contemporary independent horology history.

    A large portion of the proceeds of the sale of the present unique prototype will be given to Save the Rhino International, a non- governmental agency that works to conserve rhino species, by supporting rhino conservation programmes across Africa and Asia.

This Lot is Offered With No Reserve


Lot offered with No Reserve

A unique cutting edge stainless steel dual time prototype wristwatch with vertical power reserve display and suspended balance with box and guarantee, proceeds going to charity

44mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

CHF80,000 - 150,000 

Sold for CHF277,200

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Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East Director

The Geneva Watch Auction: XIV

Geneva Auction 5 & 7 November 2021