MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT

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Now in its 14th year of creating collaborative works of audacious horological art for the wrist – and sometimes for the tabletop – MB&F has finally created a timepiece dedicated exclusively to women

The Legacy Machine FlyingT is a three-dimensional creation, with a steeply cambered bezel and slender, beveled lugs on a round case that is fully set with diamonds. A round case in white gold, with a steeply cambered bezel and slender, elongated lugs, is fully set with diamonds. A high, extravagantly convex dome of sapphire crystal rises from the bezel. Beneath the dome, a subtly curved dial plate, liquidly black with layers of stretched lacquer or glittering with blazing white diamonds.

Legacy Machine FlyingT launches in three editions, all in white gold and set with diamonds: – black lacquer dial plate with case set with brilliant-cut diamonds; – dial plate and case both fully set with brilliant-cut diamonds; – dial plate and case both fully set with baguette-cut diamonds


The high, convex domed sapphire crystal hovers over a curved dial plate. An asymmetric opening frames a raised flying tourbillon escapement, the carriage of which is topped by a single large diamond. A dial of white or black lacquer with blued gold hands sits on a 50° tilt at the 7 o’clock position. The watch is set with either round-brilliant or baguette diamonds.

The mechanical antecedents of Legacy Machine FlyingT lie mostly in the Horological Machine collection, namely with the HM6 series and HM7 Aquapod

Inspiration came from the combination of seemingly incompatible qualities that characterised the greatest feminine figures in Maximilian Büsser’s life. Elegance was key, but so was an infectious energy that could captivate an entire roomful of people. The lines and composition of Legacy Machine FlyingT epitomise these qualities, being as refined and pure as any other Legacy Machine, but with the dynamism and exuberance of a central flying tourbillon. The intimate and personal nature of LM FlyingT led to the ultimate placement of the time indication at the 7 o’clock position on the dial plate, with the black or white lacquer dial tilted 50° to face the wearer. The message is subtle but clear – that whoever the owners and wearers of Legacy Machine FlyingT may be, their time belongs to them and no one else.

On the reverse, the automatic winding rotor takes the shape of a three-dimensional red gold sun with sculpted rays, providing LM FlyingT with four days of power reserve.

MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT

Movement Mechanical automatic MB&F flying 60-second tourbillon, sun-motif rotor made of 18k gold, titanium and platinum, 18,000 vph, 100-hour power reserve.
Functions Hours, minutes, flying tourbillon.
Case 18k white gold set with diamonds, high domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, sapphire crystal on back, 38.5 mm x 20 mm, two crowns: winding on left, time setting on right.

Water resistant to 30 metres (3 bar/100 ft).
Dial White or black lacquer.
Bracelet/Strap Calf or alligator leather straps available with 18k white gold pin buckle, set with diamonds.
Other versions Diamond setting
Black Lacquer edition: Set with 168 stones (120 on the case, 21 on the buckle, 1 on top of the tourbillon cage and 26 for the crowns), totaling 1.7ct.

Pavé diamond edition: 558 stones (390 on the dial, 120 on the case, 21 on the buckle, 1 on top of the tourbillon cage and 26 for the crowns) totaling about 3.5 ct.

Baguette diamond edition: 294 baguette diamonds and 3 stones (134 baguette diamonds on the dial, 124 baguette diamonds on the case, 12 baguette diamonds on the buckle, 24 baguette diamonds and 2 stones for the crowns, 1
stone on top of the tourbillon cage), totaling about 8.2 ct.

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