MB&F 51.RL.FW

51.RL.FW : MB&F Legacy Machine  LM101 Frost Red Gold

Legacy Machine LM101 Frost Red Gold

Brand: MB&F
Family: Legacy Machines
Reference: 51.RL.FW
Name: Legacy Machine LM101 Frost Red Gold
Produced: 2015
Limited: Yes, 33 units

Case

Material: Red Gold
Glass: Sapphire
Back: Open
Shape: Round
Diameter: 40.00 mm
Height: 16.00 mm

Dial

Color: White
Indexes: Roman Numerals
Hands: Proprietary

Movement

Three-dimensional horological movement developed in-house by MB&F
Aesthetical design and finish specifications: Kari Voutilainen
Manual winding with single mainspring barrel
Power reserve: 45 hours
Balance wheel: Bespoke 14mm balance wheel with four traditional regulating screws floating above the movement and dials
Balance spring: traditional Breguet curve terminating in mobile stud holder
Balance frequency: 18,000bph/2.5Hz
Number of components: 229 components
Number of jewels: 23
Chatons: gold chatons with polished countersinks
Fine finishing: superlative hand finishing throughout respecting 19th century style; internal bevel angles highlighting hand craft; polished bevels; Geneva waves; hand-made engravings. Frosted mainplate for the LM101 Frost editions.

Type:Handwound
Brand:MB&F
Caliber:LM101
Display:Analog
Jewels:23
Reserve:45 h
Frequency:18000 bph
Time:Hours, Minutes
Additionals:Power Reserve Indicator

Description

With the ‘Frost’ limited editions, the large balance wheel of LM101 now contrasts magnificently against the effervescent backdrop of a frosted gold dial. Additional contrast is provided by Frost's highly polished bezel and lugs, which make the matte surface of the frosted dial really pop.

For many, the word "frost" conjures forth images of breath-condensing cold and bright, early-morning winter sunshine scintillating off frost-covered lawns. That natural frost sparkles vivaciously due to light reflecting off the microscopically uneven ice crystals – exactly like the LM101 Frost sparkles due to light reflecting off its microscopically uneven frosted surface.

Abraham-Louis Breguet is credited with inventing the “frosted” finish in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. At the time, frosting protected dials and movements from oxidation and added subdued vivacity to movement plates. Traditional frosting methods involved dangerous acids which have been largely replaced by the safer method of carefully compressing the surface with a wire brush. This is however a much more difficult process to master and very few artisans today create true frosted finishes: the majority of surfaces that look frosted have in fact been bead blasted, which does not quite have the same visual impact.

LM101 Frost is available in two limited editions: 18 pieces in yellow gold and 33 pieces in red gold.