What happens when two of the most meaningful and grounded autonomous watchmakers get the phone and examine an expected watch? The appropriate response is here, the consequence of a coordinated effort among MB&F and H. Moser & Cie. Despite the fact that the ties restricting the two brands have existed for over 10 years, this time it’s not tied in with exchanging components. It’s about mixing DNA. In the casing of a two-way cooperation, bringing about two watches (the other introduced in a different article), here’s what happens when a piece by Büsser gets a fumé dial. Meet the MB&F x H. Moser & Cie. LM101.
The thought of a shared lab is one of the establishing standards of Max Büsser’s MB&F, co-marking the watches with probably the most capable craftsmen, watchmakers, parts makers, designers… It’s about the ‘F’ (which represents ‘friends’) in the MB&F name. On the other side is Edouard Meylan and H. Moser & Cie., which make their own watches as well as been working together with Büsser for more than 10 years, through Precision Engineering AG – a sister company of Moser that provisions balance springs. In any case, today, the cooperation between these two energetic men, who know and regard each other for quite a long time, is moving a couple of steps further, in a two-way road project. On one side is a H. Moser & Cie. with MB&F elements.
On the other side is the present LM101 with numerous components acquired from Moser, as Max explains: “When I considered Edouard to disclose to him that I needed to work together on a creation, I referenced that I truly loved the twofold equilibrium spring, the Moser fumé dials and the Concept watch arrangement. Edouard quickly revealed to me that he would allow me to acquire these highlights, yet on condition that he could likewise reevaluate one of my machines” (which brought forth the other watch). So here we are with a MB&F idea watch… No name, no logo, no engravings, simply the super cool and quickly conspicuous fumé dial , so dear to H. Moser & Cie.
“Back to basics”, the 101 of the Legacy Machine, the quintessential MB&F… This coordinated effort piece depends on the LM101, a watch presented a couple of years prior as a reasonable offering from the typically crazy brand. More modest, at 40mm, yet no less strong in idea, the LM101 is Moserized and conceptualized to become something bare and striking simultaneously. The watch is housed in a tempered steel case, with the typical MB&F plan and shift of brushed and polished surfaces. It is worn on a generally serene earthy colored calf tie, so nothing can meddle with the pièce de résistance, the theatrical dial/display.
What truly changes in this MB&F x H. Moser & Cie. LM101 is the essence of the watch, which gets another dial as well as a greater amount of Moser’s subtleties. The dials are the ordinarily Moser sunray-brushed, slope (purported fumé) and strongly hued base, accessible here in four tones – Funky Blue fumé, Cosmic Green fumé, Red fumé or Aqua Blue fumé (the last being an exclusive for Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons). Additionally, along these lines, much the same as idea watches by Moser, the LM101 disposes of the logo, tracks, indexes and engravings generally found on its dial. A little update is to be noted on the bezel, which is slightly thinner than usual.
What doesn’t change is the showcase, composed of an off-focused sign with hours and minutes at 2 o’clock and a force hold marker at 6 o’clock. Additionally, the mark arched scaffold, holding the larger than average and halfway situated equilibrium, just as the obvious escapement, have been kept – in evident Legacy Machine soul. However, there’s additionally some Moser DNA here, as the pulsating heart has been fitted with a twofold equilibrium spring delivered by Precision Engineering AG. Thanks to this pair of matching equilibrium springs, the dislodging of the purpose of gravity gone through by each spring as it expands is remedied, altogether improving exactness and isochronism in a ceaseless mission for flawlessness. Furthermore, the combined equilibrium springs likewise decrease the erosion impact ordinarily experienced with a solitary equilibrium spring, coming about in advanced isochronism.
Through the caseback of the MB&F x H. Moser & Cie. LM101 is the brand’s in-house created hand-twisted type, with its pocket-watch propelled extensions and improvement – with, as co-maker of the finishes, Kari Voutilainen. The extensions are dim with a NAC treatment, enhancing their excellence and diverging from the polished or brilliant parts, such as the screws, the wheels, the chatons and the anglages. The development pounds at 2.5Hz and stores to 45 hours of force reserve.
Availability & Price
The four versions of the MB&F x H. Moser & Cie. LM101 will each be restricted to 15 pieces – a gesture to the 15th commemoration of MB&F just as honoring the 15th commemoration of the relaunch of H. Moser & Cie. The Aqua Blue variant may be accessible at retailer Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. This release of the LM101 will be evaluated at CHF 53,000. www.mbandf.com .