There are very few watches that can get us excited over a change of paint. Normally it’s a case of rolling our eyes and moving on, but the MB&F LM2 is different. Every time we see it in a new, ever more beautiful colour we want it more – making the new LM2 Red Gold Blue almost unfair.
The architecture of the watch is the same as it has been since the Legacy Machine No. 2 was first launched in 2013, with the twin balance springs suspended above the dial of the watch. A tribute to some of the greatest watchmakers ever born, it’s a phenomenal movement and has been an MB&F signature since it was incepted.
The difference here is the metal – the rose gold hasn’t been used since the original LM2 run – and the dial, which is a truly magnificent blue. The rich hue is thanks to chemical vapour deposition rather than any other form of colouring, allowing it to pop against the precious metal surrounding it.
We’re well aware this is nothing ground-breaking, well aware that it is indeed just a palette swap. But that doesn’t stop the deep, pressing urge to try it on. Not by a long shot. Still, it won’t be cheap: the LM2 Red Gold Blue is priced at EUR 137,000 + tax – just under £125,000.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: MB&F Legacy Machine No.2 Red Gold Blue
Case/Dial: 44mm diameter x 19mm thickness, 18k red gold
Water Resistance: 30m (3 bar)
Movement: Three-dimensional horological movement developed exclusively for MB&F by Jean-François Mojon at Chronode and Kari Voutilainen, manual winding with single mainspring barrel
Power Reserve: 45h
Frequency: 18,000 vph (2.5 Hz)
Functions: Hours, minutes, planetary differential comprising 3 gears and 5 pinions
Strap: Blue hand-stitched alligator strap with 18k gold buckle
Price: €137,000 + tax, limited to 12 pieces
More details at MB&F’s website.