Since its inception in 2005, MB&F has delivered dose after dose of jaw-dropping watchmaking magic. Developed as a creative incubator of sorts—with wunderkind founder Max Büsser at the helm—the brand gives some of the most innovative watchmakers on earth a platform for their imaginations to run wild.
Fast forward 11 years, and MB&F has garnered huge levels of praise throughout the industry, culminating in one of the industry’s highest honors. In the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève category of calendar, their Legacy Machine Perpetual beat out the likes of Audemars Piguet, Chopard and even the gloriously simple H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept. Just days after the winning the award, this bold new variant was unveiled in a limited run of only 25 units. The price? A meager $155,000.
As we saw with the MB&F partnership with Black Badger, the brand is not one to shy away from big color, though this latest purple variation of the LM Perpetual is one of the best yet. The original concept for the Perpetual was to reinvent the way a perpetual calendar complication (a full calendar watch that can account for differing lengths of months, as well as for leap years) functions, all while paying tribute to the 19th-century watchmaking era that brought it to life.
Last year, the platinum variant added a blue mainplate to provide contrast beneath the raised calendar and time indications, however even that pop of color had a faint historical nod as it matched the piece’s blued hands. By adding purple to the mix, the new piece shelves this convention for a bold and modern aesthetic that earn it a spot amongst our favorite releases of 2016.