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LEGACY MACHINE FlyingT

UNLOCKING THE FEMININE SIDE
OF MB&F

Overview

The LM FlyingT owes its genesis to founder Maximilian Büsser’s ruminations on the keystone roles that women have played in his life. Launched in 2019, it manifested a rich and complex femininity, choosing to embody elegance and vitality over the softer conventions of womanhood.

A soaring flying tourbillon projects like a column from the dial plate, driven by energy generated by the sun-shaped rotor (power reserve of 100 hours). A diamond flashes atop the upper tourbillon cage. Located at 7 o’clock, the hours and minutes are indicated by a pair of serpentine hands on a subdial inclined at 50°, visible only by the wearer; an intimate communication that highlights the personal nature of the LM FlyingT. This powerful articulation of feminine horology, the first of its kind from MB&F, was awarded the Prix de la Complication pour Dame at the 2019 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.

Launched in three white gold diamond-set editions, further LM FlyingT references followed in 2020; first shedding its diamonds with limited editions in red gold and platinum, featuring guilloche dial plates; and in a white gold diamond-set case, with a deep blue lapis lazuli dial plate. In 2021, the LM FlyingT adds a new edition in vivid green malachite.

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the machine

Case

  • Material: 18K white gold and diamonds (Black Lacquer; Pavée diamond-set; Baguette diamond-set; Lapis Lazuli or Malachite) and limited editions of 18 pieces each, in 18K red gold with black guilloché dial or platinum 950 with sky-blue guilloché dial.
  • Dimensions: 38.5mm x 20mm
  • Number of components: 17
  • Water resistance: 30m / 3ATM / 100ft

Engine

  • Three-dimensional vertical architecture, automatic winding, conceived and developed in-house by MB&F.
  • Central 60-second flying tourbillon.
  • Diamond at the top of the flying tourbillon cage.
  • Hours and minutes on 50° inclined dial display.
  • Frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 bph.
  • 280 components / 30 jewels / 100h power reserve.

Functions/indications

  • Hours and minutes displayed on a 50° vertically tilted dial with two serpentine hands.
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Vertically-stacked movement structure

Vertically-stacked movement structure

The 60-second flying tourbillon projects high above the rest of the engine, a kinetic, dynamic column that stops just short of the apex of the sapphire crystal dome. Affixed to the top of the upper tourbillon cage is a single diamond that rotates simultaneously with the tourbillon.

The first MB&F inspired by women

The first MB&F inspired by women

The creative process behind Legacy Machine FlyingT started four years ago, when Maximilian Büsser began thinking about making something inspired by the feminine influences in his life.

Intimate time indication

Intimate time indication

Time indication at the 7 o’clock position on the dial plate, with the subdial tilted 50° to face the wearer. The message is subtle but clear: whoever the owners of the LM FlyingT may be, their time belongs to them and no one else.

inspiration

inspiration

Even the most unpredictable and audaciously led lives, when observed from a distance, form patterns and fall into cycles. For Maximilian Büsser and MB&F, creative energy comes in seven-year cycles. The 14th year of MB&F unveiled a new avenue of horological exploration, an evolution of creative horizons for founder and company alike.

The creative process behind LM FlyingT started when Maximilian Büsser began thinking about making something inspired by the feminine influences in his life: “I created MB&F to do what I believe in, making three-dimensional sculptural kinetic art pieces that give the time; I was creating for myself. But at some point there came a desire to create something for the women in my family. I’ve been surrounded by their influence all my life, so I gave myself the challenge to do something for them.”

“I wanted LM FlyingT to possess the epitome of femininity as reflected by the women in my life, particularly my mother. It had to combine supreme elegance with tremendous vitality. The column-like structure of the flying tourbillon was very important to me as I felt very strongly that women form the pillar of humanity. There is another layer of meaning coming in from the sun-shaped rotor, which incorporates the element of life-giving, a source of sustenance which we gravitate towards and around.”