MB&F LM101 x Moser
This MB&F LM101 x Moser funky blue is limited to just 15 examples. This particular reference marked the first time both brands collaborated on a project. Both Maisons are Swiss based, independently owned, and driven by artisanal watchmaking. For the past ten years, Moser’s sister company Precision Engineering AG has supplied MB&F’s balance springs, behind the scenes.
The dual collaboration
In usual instances, collaborations can be a tricky task, especially in independent watchmaking. Certain past collaborations have ruined relationships and the end product was brought about through a compromise by one party. However, Maximilian Büsser’s brainchild at Harry Winston, the Opus Series, led him to create his own brand in MB&F – Maximilian Büsser and friends. The brand has had many successful collaborations, although never along side another brand; so this marked the first time an MB&F was co-signed along with another brand.
Maximilian Büsser says: “When I called Edouard to tell him that I wanted to collaborate on creation, I mentioned that I really liked the double balance-spring, the Moser fumé dials, and the Concept watch series. Edouard immediately told me that he would let me borrow these features, but on the condition that he could also borrow elements from our machines. After an initial moment of surprise, I gave it some thought. Being 50% Indian and 50% Swiss, I am firmly convinced that mixing DNA creates interesting results, so why not try the experiment in watchmaking? I therefore agreed and suggested that he borrow features from the FlyingT model, which is particularly dear to my heart.”
The simplistic nature of the Legacy Machine 101 would provide the base of the concept watch. A minimalistic design was chosen to accentuate the funky blue dial which was made by Moser & Cie, the dial remains unsigned and features no traditional hour, minute, or power reserve markers. The domed crystal and refined bezel allow the funky blue dial to express all of its alternating hues, which range from a sky-blue to a purple glaze.
In total four dial colors were made and each series was limited to 15 examples, a nod to MB&F’s 15-year anniversary. To top it off the series was made in stainless steel, this material is rarely used in MB&F’s usual offering.
As impressive as the case and overall design of the LM101 is, the movement is equally if not more impressive. The balance wheel is fitted with a double balance spring produced by Precision Engineering AG. According to MB&F the use of the double balance spring helps with the displacement of the point of gravity undergone by each spring as it expands is corrected, significantly improving precision and isochronism in a continuous quest for perfection.
Unlike the base movement of the Legacy Machine 101, of which the finishes were determined by co-creator Kari Voutilainen, the aesthetics of the calibre that powers the LM101 MB&F x H. Moser is more contemporary, with a subtle NAC treatment to enhance its beauty.
Model: LM101 Funky Blue x Moser
Case Diameter: 40 x 16 mm
Box & Papers: Full Set