The LM1 Xia Hang is a ‘Performance Art’ piece: a collaboration between MB&F and Xia Hang, a talented Chinese artist we have showcased at our M.A.D.Galleries.
The LM1 Xia Hang is based on the LM1, which initiated our Legacy Machine range inspired by 19th century pocket watches. In addition to the unique flying balance wheel and independent dual time zones, the LM1 has a very special feature: a vertical power reserve indicator. This is where Xia Hang infused his artistic magic: the power reserve lever was replaced by a miniature, highly-polished articulated creature, one of his so-called “comma men”.
When power is low, the comma man bends his back and slumps down: time to wind the watch! By doing so you literally inject energy back into the little creature: he lifts his head, straightens his back and brightens his spirits – indicating the power reserve is OK again.
The LM1 Xia Hang limited editions are perhaps the most poetic Legacy Machines to date.
18k white gold
Dimensions: 44 x 16mm
Three-dimensional horological movement created by Jean-François Mojon and Kari Voutilainen
Manual winding with single mainspring barrel
Power reserve indicator: a little man designed by Chinese artist Xia Hang (45 hours)
Bespoke 14mm flying balance wheel visible on top of the movement
274 components / 23 jewels
Superlative hand finishing throughout respecting 19th century style
Hours and minutes; completely independent dual time zones displayed on two dials; unique vertical power reserve indicated by a highly-polished little man in aluminium
Left crown at 8 o'clock for setting time of left dial; right crown at 4 o'clock for setting time of right dial and winding
This Machine is accompanied by a pair of stainless steel sculptures: large-scale versions of Mr. Up and Mr. Down signed by Xia Hang numbered 22/24.More information about the original piece download manual