MB&F Legacy Machine 1 rewarded


With its monumental central balance, superlatively finished movement, completely independent dual time zones, unique vertical power reserve indicator and elegant annular case, the MB&F Legacy Machine No.1 (LM1) is a tribute to the great innovators of traditional watchmaking; and above all, an authentic three-dimensional MB&F Machine.

Maximilian Büsser

On November 15th, the MB&F star Legacy Machine No.1 (LM1) won two awards at the “Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève” (GPHG), the year’s most prestigious watchmaking awards. The LM1 took the Public Prize and Best Men’s Watch prizes, which according to industry experts, this is the first time in Grand Prix history that the same timepiece is rewarded a prize both from the public and the professional jury.


The prize-giving ceremony was held in Geneva’s “Grand Théâtre” last Thursday, November 15th. The event was attended by Federal Councillor Alain Berset, representatives of the Geneva authorities, along with the most influential figures in the watch industry – all gathered to celebrate the 12th Art. The Grand Prix has established itself as the awards event of reference on the international watchmaking calendar.


In fidelity to high-quality 19th century pocket watches, LM1 features a sedately oscillating (2.5 Hz), large diameter balance with traditional Breguet overcoil suspended from majestic twin arches; its enigmatic regulating mechanism in full view, but without apparent connection to the movement.

Both the hours and the minutes on each of the two sub dials can be set completely independently of each other – dual time zone complications usually do not allow independent adjustment of the minutes – their domed dials further reinforcing visual references to the golden age of watchmaking (1780-1850). Looking like a miniature sextant, a world-first vertical power reserve indicator keeps track of available power while providing a visual three-dimensional counterpoint to the graceful arches supporting the balance.