Concierge Price: $115,202
The MB and F Legacy Machine Split Escapement Titane Cadran Vert from MB&F Watches
Once upon a time, the world of luxury timepieces was simple. There were no Slaylebrity, and watchmakers such as Rolex, with models such as the Rolex Everose and the Rolex Daytona, were where it was at. All of this now seems like a different age, with modern manufactures fully exploiting the segment once dominated by makers such as Rolex, with MB&F Watches exemplifying everything a modern watchmaker and its watches need to be, perfectly demonstrated by the brand’s social media exposure on platforms such as Slaylebrity and Tik Tok where a whole series of hashtags celebrate MB&F watch. Maximilian Busser and Irish Friend, Stephen McDonell are the some of the names behind MB&F Watch and the incredible MB&F Legacy Machine Collection of fine Haute Horlogerie timepieces, and the latest addition to the MB&F Legacy Machine Collection, the MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement Titane Cadran Vert.
As you would expect, with a timepiece as revolutionary as this from MB&F Watch, the internet is ablaze with a discussion of this new kid on the block, and sites such as Slay Billionaire, watches of Instagram, instawatch, watchfam, chronopassion, watchcollector and watchuseek have been full of lively discussion and video reviews of this startling timepiece. The truth of the matter is that ownership of an MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement Titane Cadran Vert has become part of a global phenomenon, both in cities and countries, such as Paris, France, Geneva, Switzerland, Antwerp in Flanders, Barcelona in Spain, London in the United Kingdom, Dubai in the UAE, and of course, the United States. What then, has made the MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement Titane Cadran Vert special enough to generate all this interest?
The MB&F watches of today or other new Swiss manufactures such as Corum Watch are a very far cry indeed from the traditional watches of brands such as Omega, Bulgari, Rolex and their Everose Gold and Daytona Rainbow, the Chopard Mille Miglia, and even Ressence Watches with their Ressence Orbital Convex System. To attract the attention of collectors like Laurent Picciotto today, the MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement Titane Cadran Vert, like every other MB&F Watch in the MB&F Legacy Machine Collection, needs to embody a certain something that those other sellers who offer a similar type of timepiece in limited edition form cannot replicate. Obviously, it also needs to be visually stunning, so that any new kid on the block makes it onto instagram feeds with full photo (or foto) or video coverage, and to leading influencers, like dailywatch watchfam watchcollector, watchesofinstagram wristgame, and wristgame affordablewatch pickoftheday. That this level of interest has in fact been generated the world over should of course, come as no surprise to anyone interested in this type of watch, and if by any chance you are reading this and haven’t yet viewed any of the videos for the MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement Titane Cadran Vert in full, be sure to do so, as the MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement Titane Cadran Vert genuinely is revolutionary.
What the MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement Titane Cadran Vert does is to split the principal components of the limited edition watch, the movement escapement, into two parts, located on either side of the movement itself: on one side, the balance assembly, while on the other, the dial side, the impulse jewel, anchor and escape wheel. The real technical challenge resolved by MB&F Watch here was the creation of a balance shaft that was extended in length but lost none of its precision because of that. In addition to the extra-fine tolerances required during the manufacture of the Split Escapement, the balance shaft is also supported with anti-shock jewels at either end, and the bridge that secures anchor and escapes wheel is independently fixed which allows for super fine precision.
A precision timepiece such as the MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement Titane Cadran Vert watch from MB&F would simply not be complete without exquisite dial finishing, and this is indeed the reason why this type of watch is able to distinguish itself from a lesser timepiece from Rolex or others, and a major reason for the watch’s instagram success. The dial is indeed a work of art, featuring a very rich, sparkling, effervescent applique hand frosting, a type of watchmaking skill lost to all but a very few artisans today. Several videos available on the internet today demonstrate this type of finishing in full detail, but suffice to say, the applause from watchfam, mbandf, watchesofinstagram, watchuseek and watchcollector feeds, in addition to the full reviews on the chronopassion blog, have confirmed the beauty of this type of finishing, available in a full range of colours exploring vert or green and blue tones, yellow gold and red gold.
With any watch of this type, and particularly a timepiece such as the limited edition MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement Titane Cadran Vert, it is important that case back of the while, in addition to the beauty of the dial side, is equally well-displayed, courtesy of anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal case front and case back. A far cry from the old days when the simple gold type watches of manufactures such as Rolex in Geneva, Bulgari and Omega were enough to satisfy every cool kid. What the more astute watch connoisseur wants to see these days is a beautiful watch movement displayed in all its glory.
The limited edition MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement Titane Cadran Vert certainly does not disappoint in this respect, with full Haute Horlogerie finishing in Nineteenth-Century style featuring on the in house designed (Stephen McDonnell) calibre movement everywhere, comprising polished, bevelled edges, Cotes de Geneve finishing and hand engraved details. Like many other timepieces available from MB&F, and particularly those in the Legacy Machine Collection, the MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement Titane Cadran Vert finds a natural balance to its use of titanium and white gold in the form a watch strap in either black or brown hand-stitched alligator leather, and a complementing buckle in white gold. If you are thinking about adding to your collection of vintage Rolex, Bulgari, Omega, Chopard or Ressence watch, be sure to search for the full details of the type of watches available from Maximilian Busser , Stephen McDonnell and the team at MB&F Watches and of course, the limited edition MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement Titane Cadran Vert itself.
LM SPLIT ESCAPEMENT TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
4 white gold launch editions limited to 18 pieces each, with a frosted dial plate in blue, ruthenium, red gold or yellow gold; and a limited edition of 33 pieces in titanium with a sun-ray-finish, green CVD dial.
Movement developed for MB&F by Stephen McDonnell.
Split escapement with the balance wheel suspended above the dial and the anchor under the movement.
Manual winding with double mainspring barrels.
Bespoke 14mm balance wheel with traditional regulating screws visible on top of the movement.
Superlative hand finishing throughout respecting 19th-century style; bevelled internal angles highlighting hand craft; polished bevels; Geneva waves; hand-made frost and engravings.
Power reserve: 72 hours
Balance frequency: 2.5Hz / 18,000bph
Number of components: 314
Number of jewels: 35
Functions & indications
ours, minutes, date and power-reserve indicators.
Push-button next to the date dial for quick adjustment of the date.
Material: launch editions in 18K white gold; grade 5 titanium edition
Dimensions: 44mm x 17.5mm
Number of components: 49
Water resistance: 30m / 90′ / 3ATM
Sapphire crystals on top and display back treated with anti-reflective coating on both faces.
Strap & buckle
Black or brown hand-stitched alligator strap with white-gold or titanium folding buckle matching the case.
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