legacy machine n°2

legacy machine n°2



Legacy Machines are wondrous reinterpretations of significant horological inventions by the greatest watchmakers in history. So the contemporary look endowed by the otherworldly appearance of Legacy Machine No.2's dual flying balances, suspended high above the dial from four gracefully arcing arms, may at first appear paradoxical. But make no mistake; LM2 is a timepiece tracing its lineage back over 250 years to three of the greatest watchmakers who ever lived: Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747– 1823), Ferdinand Berthoud (1727– 1807) and Antide Janvier (1751– 1835).

These horological legends of the 18th century are united not only by their inventive genius, but also by the fact that they have all constructed clocks and watches with two balances. Oscillating on high, the exalted double balance wheels of LM2 were inspired by one of the rarest mechanisms in the history of watchmaking: the dual regulator. And rarer still, the average rates of Legacy Machine No.2's dual regulators are transmitted by a differential to a single gear train, where the majority had two separate movements.

On display under a domed sapphire crystal cupola, the dial of Legacy Machine No. 2 is an object lesson in symmetrical simplicity. Top to bottom: the white stretched lacquer sub dial at 12 o'clock, with its blued gold hour and minute hands, is visually balanced by the large, raised differential at 6 o'clock. Left to right: the two flying balances and their escapements are identical mirror images, right down to the position of the stud holders pinning their balance springs.

While the levitated oscillating balance wheels of the binary regulators catch and hold the viewer's gaze, it is the large planetary differential sitting proud of the dial that is the real heart of Legacy Machine No. 2. In an incredible feat of micro-engineering − and the sheer paucity of timepieces with multiple regulators connected via a differential attests to the enormous difficulty in creating such a complex high-precision mechanism.

Immaculate Geneva waves, gold chatons, mirror-polished bevels and bridges designed with deliberate internal bevelled angles showcase the movement's peerless fine finishing. Consistent with MB&F's spirit of transparency, the names of the two men responsible for the movement (Jean-François Mojon and Kari Voutilainen) are hand engraved on the back.

Two and a half centuries after three of the world's greatest watchmakers put two balance wheels into their movements, MB&F celebrates their pioneering works by creating LM2, a timepiece with two balances hovering outside the movement.


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Stefan Schwab
Anne Guiter
Marc André Deschoux
Bertrand Sagorin-Querol
Benjamin Signoud
Olivier Berthon
Martin Stettler
Denis Garcia
Ian Skellern
Pierre Chillier
Dominique Mainier
Maximilian Büsser
Eric Giroud
François Bernhard
Régis Golay
Guillaume Schmitz
David Lamy
Olivier Purnot
Kari Voutilainen
Eddy Jaquet
Guillaume Thévenin
Alexandre David
Emmanuel Maitre
Hervé Estienne
Steven Rogers
Patricia Duvillard
Anthony Franklin
Jean-Marc Naval
Virginie Meylan
Félix Celetta
Didier Dumas
Maarten van der Ende
Stéphane Balet
Denis Parel
Serge Kriknoff
Bertrand Jeunet
Isabelle Chillier
Gérald Moulière
Jacques-Adrien Rochat
Georges Veisy
Charris Yadigaroglou
Jean-François Mojon
Yann Le Martret
Eléonor Picciotto
Rodrigue Baume


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18k Red Gold


18k White Gold


Platinum 950
Limited Edition of 18 pieces

specs & manual

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  • 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: 45 hours
  • Differential: Planetary differential comprising 3 gears and 5 pinions
  • Balance wheels: Two bespoke 11mm balance wheels with four traditional regulating screws floating above the movement and dials
  • Balance spring: traditional Breguet curve terminating with stud holder
  • Balance frequency: 18,000bph/2.5Hz
  • Number of components: 241
  • Number of jewels: 44
  • Chatons: gold chatons with polished countersinks
  • Fine finishing: superlative hand finishing throughout, respecting 19th century style; polished internal bevel angles highlighting handcraft; polished bevels; Geneva waves; hand-made engravings


  • Hours and minutes
  • Planetary differential transmits the average rate of the two regulators to the single gear train.


  • Available in 18k red gold, 18k white gold, or platinum 950 in a limited edition of 18 pieces
  • Dimensions: 44mm wide x 20mm high
  • Number of components: 45

Sapphire crystals

  • High domed sapphire crystal on top and sapphire crystal on back with anti-reflective coating on both sides

Strap & Buckle

  • Black or brown hand-stitched alligator strap with 18k gold tang buckle to match case




  1. Hours & minutes
  2. planetary differential transmitting the average rate of the two regulators to the single gear train


Your watch is equipped with a manual winding movement, offering approximately 45 hours of power reserve. To wind it, keep the crown in position “in”; gently revolve the crown until you reach the maximum power reserve capacity (the crown will not turn more).

Time setting

Pull crown to position “out” and turn the crown to set the time. Push the crown back against the case when finished.