The ultra-expensive universe of haute horlogerie has long been a space for odd and expressionistic layouts, but few manufacturers in this area play form with much more playfulness and character compared to MB&F. While the boutique has its official launch a couple of years before, the launch of this crazy, pareidolic HM3 Frog in 2010 will set the tone to the marque’s unique expressionistic style. 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of their first Frog, and also to celebrate, MB&F Legacy Machine replica watch has produced a limited-edition resurrection of this show in eye-catching total mist, exposing the intricate inner workings of their HM3 motion in detail when adding some vibrant new touches to the layout. The limited-edition MB&F HM3 FrogX is a masterful reinterpretation of among their brand’s signature layouts, maintaining the exact same fanciful shape as the first whilst pushing the envelope farther regarding movement style and finishing.
Though the asymmetrical, double-domed situation silhouette of the first HM3 Frog is transported around for its MB&F Replica HM3 FrogX, the FrogX opts for a complete sapphire crystal clear case to expose each aspect of their unorthodox movement inside. As a result of intricate double sided form, every sapphire situation requires weeks of work out work to guarantee ideal distortion-free clarity. In 48.3mm with 52.7millimeters in dimension, this is very likely to be much from a shrinking violet on the wrist, but a layout in this way plans to stand out, to start with. The FrogX additional sets itself aside from the first using two subtle aesthetic developments. The first is really a coloured gasket, vibrantly standing outside within the sapphire case substance in turquoise, navy blue, or even a wild and lush purple. The 12 o’clock crown lacks a conventional signature but utilizes a distinctive micro-forming and design procedure from Swiss industrial manufacturer Rayform to make a distinctive reflective coating. While entirely impractical in training, it is hard to envision a more compelling dialogue starter.
Hero of the luxury replica watch maker independents, and master of marketing and product, Geneva-based MB&F will now release the brand’s first perpetual calendar timepiece with the Legacy Machine Perpetual. This newest member of the MB&F Legacy Machine replica watch collection family was produced in collaboration with Irish-born replica watchmaker, Stephen McDonnell, who is one among that rare breed of super-talents behind the scenes. McDonnell designed the manually wound perpetual calendar movement inside of the Legacy Machine Perpetual from the ground up as a fully integrated new perpetual calendar mechanism totally distinct from everything else out there. Set in the same 44mm wide Legacy Machine case as the original LM1, the Legacy Machine Perpetual Calendar is, perhaps, MB&F’s most direct competition to the storied product collections of Switzerland’s largest and oldest replica watch “maisons” to date.
The MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual doesn’t break the mold of previous generation Legacy Machine luxury replica watches, but it does a unique look with a skeletonized dial and fully populated face given the amount of indicators required for the complicated movement. Also, the polished bezel mixed with the light reflections off visible parts of the movement make for a much more “dazzling” look while on the wrist.
Designed and produced exclusively for MB&F, the Legacy Machine Perpetual movement is produced from 581 parts operating at 2.5Hz (18,000 bph) with a power reserve of 72 hours. Intended to resemble legacy 19th century pocket replica watch movements in aesthetic style, there is very little which is actually retro about the movement, aside from how it looks, with its swoopy lines and hand finishing. McDonnell was careful to match the thematic aesthetics applied to the Legacy Machine as set forth by Jean-Francois Mojon and Kari Voutilianen, even though the movement of the Legacy Machine Perpetual does have a more modern feel to it.
One of the most special design elements of the movement will likely be easily overlooked by most because it isn’t obvious. Like all LM replica watches, the Legacy Machine Perpetual’s dial emphasizes the large, floating balance wheel that, so far, helps to visually and mechanically define the collection. Follow the hand-polished bridge to the balance wheel and hairspring and you may see something missing. There is no escapement. Well, there is, but you can’t see it from the dial. MB&F and Stephen McDonnell designed the system with what might be the world’s longest balance wheel pinion rod that goes through the movement and connects to an escapement system which is visible through the rear of the replica watch.
Enthusiasts should understand that considerable engineering effort was require for this and other elements of the Legacy Machine Perpetual. It is common in such artistic and complicated replica watches for a considerable amount of the timepiece’s expense to be attributed to designing the movement to match a particular aesthetic dream versus building the aesthetics around the movement.