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MB&F LM101 Watch Now In Platinum With Blue Dial

MB&F LM101 Watch Now In Platinum With Blue Dial Watch Releases

2016 marks the first year in the history of SIHH when this massive and indeed very luxurious watch fair populated mostly by Richemont brands will also officially welcome an impressive number of smaller independent watchmakers. We will, of course, be there at the fair the entire time, and among the nine new-to-attend independents we will get to see is MB&F – but this should come as no surprise, as they clearly belong to the crème de la crème of indie watch brands. To heat things up a bit for SIHH 2016 that is starting in just 11 days from today, MB&F has released the MB&F LM101 in a new platinum version with the typical blue dial we have come to expect to see from the brand’s platinum creations.

MB&F LM101 Watch Now In Platinum With Blue Dial Watch Releases

MB&F LM101 Watch Now In Platinum With Blue Dial Watch Releases

We originally debuted the MB&F LM101 (hands-on) here back in 2014, and in that article we discuss it in greater detail. What you need to know is that MB&F designed the MB&F LM101 as a continuation of their Legacy Machine series, and in doing so, also as the entry level piece to this collection. The MB&F LM101 in gold is more than $30,000 less than the LM1, and over $100,000 less than the LM2 – the magnitude of these differences apply for the platinum versions as well.

MB&F LM101 Watch Now In Platinum With Blue Dial Watch Releases

Don’t for a second be fooled by its admittedly lower positioning in the horological food chain, though: the MB&F LM101 still sports the trademark floating balance wheel and beautifully curved arches of the Legacy Machine line and boasts a hand-wound movement that is still decorated in the workshops of Kari Voutilainen – one of the all-time greats in watch movement finishing.

The movement – or as MB&F likes to call it, the “Engine” – inside the MB&F LM101 is the first one to have been designed in-house by MB&F – and so it has lost the engraved name of Jean-Francois Mojon, the engineer behind previous Machines, on one of the movement’s bridges. The movement runs at 18,000 vibrations per hour and provides 45 hours of power reserve – forcing you to enjoy the task of re-winding it every now and then.

MB&F LM101 Watch Now In Platinum With Blue Dial Watch Releases

Now that the 40mm-wide and 16mm-thick case of the MB&F LM101 is in platinum, MB&F equipped this 33-piece limited edition with that staggering blue dial we have been seeing exclusively on other MB&F pieces crafted from this dense, precious, gray-white transition metal. Engraved “Legacy Machine,” featuring that subtle blue sunburst finish, and serving as the backdrop for the two enamel sub-dials for the time and the power reserve, this combination of the deep hues of platinum and this fantastic blue proves to just never get old.


MB&F LM101 Watch Now In Platinum With Blue Dial Watch Releases

MB&F did tease us with some “radical new Machines” that it will unveil at SIHH 2016 – so make sure you stay tuned for our pre-, live, and post-SIHH 2016 coverage here to see them the moment they are officially released. Until then, the MB&F LM101 in platinum is here to quench your thirst for some MB&F Machine insanity – with a sobering price tag of $72,000.

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  • Dinkee, H. O.
    • Marius

      Is that really a limited edition for Hodinkee? If so, I have to congratulate you, my esteemed colleague! I mean, you were telling me, a few weeks ago, about a future limited edition watch for the house of Hodinkee, but I wasn`t expecting this. I thought you would consider a Bulgari, or Ralph Lauren limited edition, but not this beauty. You, Sir proved once again that you are trully the king of horology. Imagine what the owners of lesser blogs like ABTW, or Quill&Pad must be thinking right now. They are not even able to come up with a $2000 jacket, or a $3,500 anonymous watch meeting, and you come up with this. Brilliant.

  • SuperStrapper

    How are the movement markings applied? The verbiage. It’s doesn’t come off as very impressive, when compared to the rest of the finishing. An interesting relief, or a lovely engraving like the dial text would go a long way I think.

  • Shinytoys

    I love this company for their style and innovation. No one can present a watch like the MB&F crew. Kudos and well done.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Worth every cent. Absolutely wonderful.

  • iamcalledryan

    I love MB&F, and when Kari Voutilainen is the “F” it can’t be beaten.

    • SuperStrapper

      Too bad he look more like the ‘Fwith’. Reads like a speech impediment.

  • DanW94

    Beautifully executed dial, but I’m partial to the dual balance wheels on the LM2 watch. I also like the cool medieval catapult power reserve on the LM1. I just love the whole Legacy series…

    • iamcalledryan

      I like the term “catapult” reserve indicator.

      Did you see this crazy version??!

      • DanW94

        Yes, the “slumping man” power reserve indicator! One of their art meets horology pieces. Different but interesting, with a touch of humor. They’re certainly not afraid to try new things design wise.

        • iamcalledryan

          Just look at the polished edges of the plate he is sitting on. He could do his hair in the reflection of the balance wheel rim. Honestly, I would struggle not to chew on this watch if I owned it.

          • DanW94

            It’s does look impeccably finished, but that would be one expensive snack : )

      • egznyc

        I can only imagine it’s wound down when the man is fully slumped. Crazy but super original!

  • IanE

    I rather like my crowns at 3 o’clock. For this, however, I would most happily make an exception, should I ever win the lottery (unlucky since I never enter!) – and I think I’d have one of the frosted gold ones too!

  • While I’m still partial the gold case & silver dial of the original, this is a lovely execution in blue and platinum. If Ian wins the lottery (which is doesn’t even enter), he should have enough to buy all of us one (there is some Powerball jackpot in the news today at $700,000,000).

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I can hardly stop looking at this piece, just gone through all the youtube vids, the movement both back and front are totally memorizing. The UK lottery is a must win £53,000,000 tonight and i have a ticket !!

    • spiceballs

      Yes, very beautiful and indeed mesmerizing.

  • I_G

    Desperately gimmicky.

    • DanW94

      Yes, but hand wound gimmicky….

  • Nelson

    I am a big fan of the LM series. The 40 mm MB&F will fit my wrist better but I like the design of LM1 & LM2 better. Sadly, I still can’t afford the most affordable MB&F.

  • Absolutely stunning design ruined by the need to include what appears to be the name of some teenager’s racing whip on the dial.


    the case polish is pretty darn impressive mix of vertical and horizontal brushes on different surfaces. I am sure this is for sure even more more impressive in hand. Unfortunately I need a new ride this year so this will have to wait a long time.

  • egznyc

    I like this a lot. All of their legacy machines are an amazing combination of radical design with traditional techniques. The platinum with blue dial is also quite appealing, and probably more so in person.

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