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The Legacy Machines from MB&F first appeared just about 5 years ago. The LM1 was the first MB&F watch that returned to the classical round case but with a dramatic twist of having a huge convex crystal to allow the watches to have multi layered elements on the dial. Chrome wishbone arches were used to suspend the escapement sitting right on the centre of the dial with porcelain subdials of two time zones. Jean Francois Mojon and Kari Voutilainen partnered with MB&F to create this watch.  The new LM Split Escapement - by Stephen McDonnell - continues with much of this line of design but with two differences. The frosted dial and the rotating balance wheel with its escapement moved to the back of the watch. An innovation that was designed by Stephen McDonnell. 

When I put the question to Mr Max Busser - the CEO and visionary extrodinaire - What is the essential difference that McDonnell brought to the watches compared to the Mojon/Voutilainen piece? 
His answer was that the LM1 was created by master watchmakers with classical philosophies of perfection of watchmaking. McDonnell however was the engineer who sought to find a technical innovation. The differences can't be seen on the dial but it becomes obvious (apart from the words "Legacy Machine" is not found on the dial on the new watch) on the movement back. 

Here are photos of the LM1 from Mr Busser's wrist photographed side by side with the new SE. Visually, I prefer the classical flowing curved bridges of the LM1 but the SE is certainly equally well finished.

The Dual Time LM1 is no longer produced and there remains only one piece in Singapore for sale. Orders are being taken for the Split Escapement and it appears that they are selling out fast despite being priced at over S$120k retail.


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