Amazing Timepiece For Men:MB&F Legacy Machine 2 (LM2) Titanium Watch
At SIHH 2017, Geneva-based MB&F released a new limited-edition version of the Legacy Machine No. 2 watch with a fascinating greenish-blue dial and a titanium case. It was back in 2013 that MB&F released its second iteration of the then still fresh Legacy Machine collection which eschewed the very modern design sensibilities of the brand for something more classic and traditional. I reviewed the MB&F LM2 watch here, playfully calling it the “watch playmate of the year” given its dazzling good looks and visual mechanical spectacle.
The 2017 MB&F Legacy Machine No. 2 Titanium watch will be a rare product given that fewer than 20 of this version will be produced. With that said, MB&F wanted to further improve the LM2 by offering continuous refinements and experimenting with aesthetic styles. The former refinement can be seen in the fact that the new titanium case is 1mm thinner than the previous 18k gold cases, which according to MB&F, has been shaved off the bezel. That brings the total case thickness down to a “mere” 19mm. That is thick, but much of it is due to the dramatically domed sapphire crystal.
It takes a careful eye to notice that the bezel of this Grade 5 titanium case is polished, whereas on previous versions of the MB&F LM2 the bezel along with much of the rest of the case were given a brushed finishing. This polished area helps frame the otherwise shiny elements of the dial which are glorious and aplenty on the MB&F LM2 watch’s face. Finishing of the movement (which includes elements of the movement which are visible on the dial) are designed by independent watchmaker Kari Voutilainen, along with the technique used by the craftsmen to apply the decoration. Finishing is actually performed by excellent company C-L Rochat.