MB&F - The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII Geneva Saturday, May 8, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: MB&F
    Year: 2015
    Case No: 51A39575 and 5/10
    Model Name: Legacy Machine 101 for Hodinkee
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Manual, inhouse, 23 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel MB&F pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated and un stamped MB&F Guarantee, user manual, fitted box, outer packaging and 5 extra straps.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since the establishment of Max Büsser’s radical horological troupe, otherwise known as MB&F, the brand has consistently managed to generate a buzz around each of their extraordinary kinetic sculptures. In 2015, MB&F joined forces with the online watch publication HODINKEE to launch yet another sensational timepiece that redefined the traditional concepts of haute horlogerie with a blend of modern ‘neo-vintage’ panache.

    Limited to only ten pieces, the present iteration of LM101 in stainless steel is the rarest in the collection of Legacy Machines. The design is consistent with that of its predecessor LM1, featuring a round case that measures substantially smaller at 40mm in diameter. In fact, the wearable size is the smallest of MB&F’s creations. The present example is also their most affordable model to date, but it is certainly not lacking in its superb quality of craftsmanship.

    Beneath the domed sapphire crystal lies an asymmetrical array of the principal elements of a wristwatch—a 14mm “flying” balance wheel dominating the center of the metallic chocolate brown dial, a sub dial positioned near 2’ o clock for easy time telling under the cuff, and a smaller sub dial indicating the 45-hour power reserve. Yet, the heart of this artisanal wristwatch can be admired through the sapphire caseback: a symphony of undulating Geneva waves, deep internal bevels, countersunk screws, and meticulous hand-engravings all developed by one of Max Büsser’s most talented friends, Kari Voutilainen. Thia first three-dimensional movement pays homage to traditional 19th century horology all the while channelling a unique, avant-garde exterior in direct juxtaposition.

    Arguably one of the most coveted renditions in the line of Legacy Machines for its divine artistry, wearability and exclusivity, the HODINKEE special edition LM101 is a rare gem for the non-conformist connoisseurs and daring traditionalists alike.

    Please note that MB&F generously offers a complementary servicing of the watch to the winning bidder within a period of 6 months after the sale.


An unusual and cutting edge limited edition stainless steel wristwatch with suspended balance, power reserve, guarantee and presentation box, made for Hodinkee

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for CHF94,500

Contact Specialist

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

41 79 637 1724



The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021