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  • Manufacturer: MB&F
    Year: 2017
    Case No: No. 14/33; 04T51273
    Model Name: Legacy Machine Split Escapement (LM SE)
    Material: Titanium
    Calibre: Manual, developed by MB&F x Stephen McDonnell, 35 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Titanium deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 44mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.

  • Catalogue Essay

    If the Horological Machines are Maximilian Büsser’s attempt to rework the way one conceptualizes and visualizes time, then the Legacy Machine is his way to retell and reinterpret the narrative of traditional watchmaking on his own terms. After several iterations of Horological Machines that greatly stymied the collecting community, in 2012 Büsser introduced the Legacy Machine, his first classically round wristwatch that still managed to defy contemporary trends. In 2017, MB&F released this fourth iteration of the Legacy Machine, following the LM 1, LM 2, LM 101, and LM Perpetual. Four limited releases each with different dial colors were released in 18 karat white gold, and one limited edition series, the present example being number 14 thereof, in titanium with teal dial.

    The present Split Escapement retains the design codes of the Legacy Machines with domed crystal, white lacquered subdials, oversized 14mm balance suspended over the dial and held in place by an arch shaped bridge, and superlative finishing throughout. However, it differentiates itself from its siblings by the fact that other than the balance, every other element of the escapement has been cleverly hidden. The anchor and escape wheel are in fact concealed on the opposite side of the movement, almost 12 mm below, a technical feat using an 11.78mm long balance staff connecting the balance wheel to the pallet fork. Exquisite finishing is found throughout the movement, with each part meticulously shaped, angled, and covered in Geneva stripes. For this movement, Max Büsser teamed up with Irish watchmaker Stephen McDonnell, who he had previously worked with for the LM Perpetual, to create this convergence of traditional Swiss watchmaking and rogue futuristic design. An incredibly daunting task requiring tight tolerances to function and extreme skills to assemble, it features 72 hours of power reserve.

    To match the high-end reverse of the watch, the iridescent, textured teal dial was created using PECVD, or plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition, a technique wherein metal is vaporized using a chemical reaction and then a thin layer covers the surface of the dial. The combination is a magnificent vista of shimmering aqua, with a light texture almost resembling a fine guilloché. Offered here in flawless condition and its full set of original accessories, the watch was part of a limited release of 33 pieces.

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


A cutting-edge and impressive limited edition titanium wristwatch with suspended balance, date, and power reserve indicator, accompanied by guarantee and presentation box

44mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.

$40,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $94,500

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

New York Auction 11 - 12 December 2021