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MB&F LM101 Watch Is Entry Level Legacy Machine: Hands-On

MB&F LM101 Watch Is Entry Level Legacy Machine: Hands-On Hands-On

The third MB&F Legacy Machine timepiece is this LM101 model, which represents not only a smaller case size but also a new and more “affordable” price. Let’s be clear, MB&F watches have been, and will continue to be high-end luxury products, but the new Legacy Machine 101 comes in with a new accessible price that is over $30,000 less than the LM1, and over $100,000 less than the LM2. So let’s see just where this new Legacy Machine fits in with the overall product range.

As you may know, MB&F vacillates between producing new Horological Machine (HM) and Legacy Machine (LM) products. One collection looks into the future while the other looks into the past. The LM101 continues in the same direction as the previous Legacy Machine models, but is meant to be a simplified model taken down to its most basic level. MB&F wanted to include only those key elements that makes the Legacy Machine, a Legacy Machine.

MB&F LM101 Watch Is Entry Level Legacy Machine: Hands-On Hands-On

MB&F LM101 Watch Is Entry Level Legacy Machine: Hands-On Hands-On

So, in simplifying the LM101 what did they do? If you recall, the first Legacy Machine LM1 (hands-on here) had two dials for the time and a neat “vertical” power reserve indicator. Going much higher-end, the Legacy Machine LM2 (hands-on here) featured a much more complex movement with dual balance wheels. So how is that all simplified? The LM101 has just one dial for the time, one balance wheel, and a more traditional power reserve indicator.

Of course, the major dial element of the Legacy Machine will continue to be the towering balance wheel which dominates the face with its 14mm wide diameter and impressive arching bridge. It looks fantastic as ever and even larger, given the smaller dimensions of the case. The dial now features a new a asymmetric layout, which nevertheless does its best to appear balanced. Having said that, the gorgeous symmetry of the LM1 and LM2 are difficult to forget given their very successful dial designs.

MB&F LM101 Watch Is Entry Level Legacy Machine: Hands-On Hands-On

MB&F LM101 Watch Is Entry Level Legacy Machine: Hands-On Hands-On

MB&F continues to find success with the brushed and striped face upon which the complications are placed. The large, domed sapphire crystal is an amazing design element which is imbued with a generous amount of anti-reflective coating. While proportions of the case are different given its smaller size, the overall effect of the Legacy Machine design continues to be impressive, especially compared with other available classic yet avant-garde-designed luxury timepieces.

So how much smaller is the LM101 compared to the LM1 or LM2? The previous models arrived in 44mm wide cases, while the LM101 is just 40mm wide. That is easily the smallest MB&F watch ever made, and it is difficult to consider that MB&F produced it without pressure from clients who wanted something smaller in size. While we felt that the Legacy Machine 1 was a wonderful daily wear for most wrist sizes, if your wrists are on the smaller side then the LM101 might be a better bet.

MB&F LM101 Watch Is Entry Level Legacy Machine: Hands-On Hands-On

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  • ZL

    More affordable perhaps, but I wish it were even more “affordable.” Like about $55K less. Because it looks like an actually very wearable watch. I always liked the legacy machine, and I like this one even more because it’s sized down and toned down. It’s got a lot of the appeal of a skeleton watch, but most skeleton watches I see I want to look at more than to wear. But anything $59K is instantly a museum piece to me and not for wearing. Might as well cost the same as the other ones as far as I’m concerned. There’s a lot of ultra-high-end watches I’m happy to just look at, but I wouldn’t complain if I didn’t actually want to wear this.

  • Nice, but just so much less than the LM1 and LM2, so it;s hard to get past it. Looking at some of the bare parts on the face just sitting there alone, they look like non functional design elements, not parts of the actual movement. Pretty, and desirable, but the thought is likely fleeting – every time I see the MB&F name, I think we’re about to see the next HM or LM; in your multi-part interview with M. Busser last year, he mentioned that the next 4 or 5 iterations of each are in various stages of completion, and I’m sure their beauty and technical prowess (as well as price) will respectfully put this one to shame.

  • Kar Wai Law

    Nice try..I STILL WANT MY LM2!!!*rolling on the floor screaming*

  • Ulysses31

    It just doesn’t look right any more.  Pass.

  • JasonDunn

    Why call it “entry level?”  It’s still only for the 0.1% at that price.

  • When we were at BaselWorld and MB&F told us there was a new Legacy Machine, I naturally asked if it would the “LM3”. The “101” part (instead of “3”) like a basic college class, like English 101. The basic or starting point. Took me a second to ‘get’ that when they said 101.
    The watch is quite attractive on the wrist and very wearable. $59K puts in a league where there are lots of interesting watches. But if you had your heart set on an MB&F watch (and Legacy Machine in particular), then this is not a bad option. As everyone seems to note, it older brother (LM1 and LM2) make it tough being the little brother and living in their shadows. But a cool watch in its own right – but still with an MB&F price tag.

  • Super nit picky/tyo thing: 2.5 Hz = 18,000 (not 18,800)

  • floriancourtial

    It is a beautiful watch, it is great that MB&F continues to do research and do not rest on their laurels ! 🙂

  • Too much empty space on the dial…

  • IanE

    There you go – raising one’s hopes with this entry-level terminology. Still, I’m not fond of gold watches so I would probably have given it a miss anyway: great to look at though!

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