MB&F LM1 M.A.D. Dubai Limited Edition watch

The “F” in MB&F stands for Friends. It’s such an integral part of the brand that it’s featured in the name. The brand believes that few friends have been as supportive to the creative horological lab as the Seddiqi family in Dubai.

Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons was one of the six core retailers that supported Maximilian Büsser’s vision of a horological laboratory focused on creating kinetic sculptures that give time. And their support was given well before the first watch had been produced.

The Seddiqi family also recently opened an MB&F M.A.D. Gallery in Dubai. So it is that LM1 M.A.D. Dubai is not so much an MB&F Machine as a heartfelt micro-mechanical thank you note.

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The watch is a limited edition of just 13 pieces in Ti-6Al-4V (grade 5) titanium. It’s the first Legacy Machine available in this high-tech aerospace grade alloy.

First launched in 2011, Legacy Machine No.1 (LM1) is a tribute to the innovators of traditional watchmaking, with its monumental central balance, highly finished movement, completely independent dual time zones, unique vertical power reserve indicator and elegant annular case.

The 44mm LM1 M.A.D. Dubai edition is distinguished from its stable mates by the eye-catching vivid green of its CVD-treated movement main plate, as well as the Arabic-Hindi numerals of the “home time” sub dial. The LM1 is also one of very few dual time zone watches offering completely independent setting of both hours and minutes.

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Green CVD has only recently become an option; the color has long been considered too unstable for commercial applications. While applying green CVD is a long process, light playing over the verdant surface creates spectacularly contrasting hues of blue and purple.

While Legacy Machines are generally cased in precious metals, the specific alloy of titanium used for LM1 M.A.D. Dubai is Ti-6Al-4V, which is a blend of pure titanium with 6% aluminum, 4% vanadium and trace amounts of iron and oxygen. The Ti-6Al-4V alloy is significantly stronger than commercially pure titanium and has an excellent combination of lightness, strength, and resistance to corrosion.

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LM 1s in-house movement was created by Jean-François Mojon of Chronode and Kari Voutilainen. Featuring immaculate Geneva waves, highly polished gold chatons, and bridges with impeccably executed bevels following deliberate internal angles (which cannot be finished by machine) showcase the movement’s peerless fine finishing. LM1’s movement proudly bears the names of both its creators, and is the first caliber other than Voutilainen’s own to bear his name.

With Legacy Machine No.1, MB&F has reinterpreted traditional 19th-century watchmaking excellence to create a contemporary, three-dimensional objet d’art.

Legacy Machine No.1 was awarded the Public Prize (voted for by horology fans) and the Best Men’s Watch Prize (voted for by the jury) at the 2012 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.

Priced at AED 308,000 (about $84,000 USD), LM1 M.A.D. Dubai is a limited edition of 13 pieces in grade 5 titanium, available exclusively through the MB&F M.A.D.Gallery in Dubai.

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