MB&F LM1 Final Edition Watch In Steel Case Men’s Watch Hands-On
MB&F will close the chapter on the Legacy Machine No. 1 watch with the 2017 MB&F LM1 Final Edition. This “last of the collection” limited-edition LM1 will be offered with a “chocolate brown” dial matched to a steel case. This is the first time the MB&F Legacy Machine 1 watch has been offered in steel.
It feels like a long time ago that MB&F introduced the then rather disruptive LM1 watch (here in 2011). That year marked a major shift for the brand as they transitioned from being exclusively about “Horological Machine” watches set in modern times to also including “Legacy Machine” watches inspired by more classic themes. Since then, MB&F has also diversified by including many clocks into their product portfolio, as well more generally the MB&F MAD Gallery stores now open in at least three cities around the world.
While the MB&F LM1 watch was controversial when it was released, for many people it was “the first MB&F I want to wear.” This makes sense since the MB&F LM1, with its elegant dial and round case, was actually the most traditional MB&F ever made. It allowed people who respected the brand for their quality and personality to enjoy something that matched a more traditional watch taste profile a bit better. Thus, while the MB&F Legacy Machine collection forever changed the way people saw the MB&F brand, the undeniable attractiveness of the product helped overcome most concerns about what it meant for the future of MB&F.
MB&F Men’s Watch founder Max Busser always characterized the LM1 as a thought experiment of what he would have designed a Horological Machine watch to look like if he had been born about 100 years earlier. The MB&F LM1 opened up into a few watches including the smaller and less expensive MB&F LM1.1 and the more expensive and exotic MB&F LM2. For many people, the MB&F LM1 was still the ideal model with its straightforward and attractive movement, symmetrical dial layout, and 44mm-wide case size.
In steel, the MB&F LM1 doesn’t feel out of place. While titanium models exist, most MB&F watches are produced from precious metals, which is the case with most previous Legacy Machine 1 watches. Steel is a preferred metal by collectors for its durability and non-pretentious nature. MB&F has hinted (for now) that it will consider using steel as the material for future “final edition” watches.