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A green dial for the MB&F Legacy Machine Split...
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A green dial for the MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement

Thursday, 16 May 2019
By The FHH Journal editors
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MB&F is presenting a 33-piece limited edition of its Legacy Machine Split Escapement in grade 5 titanium. The green dial shifts to blue tints as light catches its sunray finish.

There is one technical constant that defines every single watch in the MB&F Legacy Machine collection. Functions may vary, and different complications come to the fore in each edition, but the suspended balance wheel remains literally and metaphorically above everything else. In Legacy Machine Split Escapement, this feature is not only highlighted, but raised to another level of achievement.

Legacy Machine Split Escapement Green © MB&F
Legacy Machine Split Escapement Green © MB&F

Just below the highest point of the domed dial crystal, the balance of LM SE beats at a sedate, traditional 2.5Hz / 18,000bph. What is rather less traditional is its construction. Unlike most of the other suspended balances in the Legacy Machine collection — indeed, unlike any other balance outside of MB&F — the balance of LM Split Escapement seems to oscillate on its own, without any visible intake of energy. The essential remaining parts of the escapement, which provide the driving impulse – anchor and escape wheel – are concealed on the opposite side of the movement, almost 12mm below; hence the name ‘Split Escapement’.

Legacy Machine Split Escapement Green © MB&F
Legacy Machine Split Escapement Green © MB&F

Under the balance, the triple-dial design of LM SE gives the time at 12 o’clock, the power reserve indication at 4 o’clock and the date at 8 o’clock. The date can be quickly and easily adjusted thanks to a push-button on the side of the case, next to the date dial.

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