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MB&F's Stainless Steel Legacy Machine Perpetual

Kaweesa Abubakr 06/14/2023
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MB&F's Legacy Machine Perpetual (LMP) - Now in Steel

Image: MB&F

The relatively young Swiss watch company was founded with the goal of blending art with watchmaking in ways no one else had. Oddly though, the company does have a collection of watches that look more traditional.

MB&F's Legacy Machine Perpetual (LMP) - Now in Steel

Image: MB&F

Earlier this year, the LM Perpetual timepiece received a new color scheme; a Stainless Steel case with a salmon dial (a first for the brand). This new addition to the collection enriches the variety of the LMP with the previous designs in red gold, platinum, white gold, titanium, yellow gold, and palladium.

The new edition also features ergonomic corrector pushers that avid followers of the brand's LM Perpetual EVO lineup will instantly recognize. These pushers not only facilitate easy adjustment of the watch's calendar function but also enhance its overall functionality and user-friendly design.

MB&F's Legacy Machine Perpetual (LMP) - Now in Steel

Image: MB&F

With a diameter of 44mm and a thickness of 17.5mm, the watch possesses a robust profile, providing a substantial and commanding presence on the wrist.

Dials &ٍ Subdials

The dial of the LM Perpetual showcases a striking balance between complexity and elegance. While it might be a little too much for some, the dial shows how seriously the company takes its designs. The open design allows for an immersive view of the intricate mechanisms at play, while the huge center balance adds drama and exhibits technical prowess.

MB&F's Legacy Machine Perpetual (LMP) - Now in Steel

Image: MB&F

Thanks to their hidden studs, the subdials cleverly appear to float above the movement, further enhancing the dial's spectacular look. The hours and minutes subdial sits at the 12 o'clock position, while the days of the week subdial takes up the 3 o'clock position. Slightly below, the power reserve indicator occupies 4 o'clock providing the watch's user a precise timing of when the next wind would be required. The month subdial is found at 6 o'clock, the retrograde leap year indicator at 7 o'clock, and the date at 9 o'clock.

Movement

At the heart of the LM Perpetual is the 581-component caliber, specially crafted to eliminate traditional perpetual calendar problems. The movement utilizes a mechanical processor system consisting of a series of superimposed disks that ensure precision when compared to the conventional "big lever" system architecture.

MB&F's Legacy Machine Perpetual (LMP) - Now in Steel

Image: MB&F

The system also utilizes a 28-day calendar system that only adds an extra day as required, eliminating issues like date skipping and gear jamming common with conventional systems. In addition, unlike traditional systems that require users to scroll through up to 47 months to set a leap year, the processor enables quick setting of the year to allow correct display in the leap year cycle.

Even if you're a fan of the more unconventional MB&F designs, the approach the watchmaker uses for its perpetual calendar timepieces should draw your attention. Its bold elements still stand out and arguably don't stray too far away from the artistic theme the brand is known for.


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