Presentation – Thunder & Machine Legacy by MB & F (stay photos)

Max Büsser and his buddies, or just MB & F, had been created as an avant-garde watch laboratory with a imaginative and prescient: to deliver collectively abilities to create radical mechanical artworks. For his newest creation, Büsser invited two of his longtime buddies to collaborate for the primary time. the discreet Finnish grasp Kari Voutilainen and the ingenious Eric Coudray. The results of this collaboration is spectacular, to say the least. Try MB & F's Thunderdome Legacy Machine – and for now, it's geared up with a quick three-axis controller … very quick!

Max Büsser and Eric Coudray met about 20 years in the past, whereas they each labored at Jaeger-LeCoultre. In 2004, Coudray turned well-known when the Grande Maison introduced the Gyrotourbillon cult. Coudray and multi-axis tourbillons share an extended historical past and MB & F's Legacy Machine Thunderdome is certain to shock and amaze. This three-axis controller watch has fascinating options. And the craftsmanship of Kari Voutilainen, seen on the ornament, brings a novel contact.


To launch the mission, Max Büsser's briefing to Eric Coudray was transient and exact: "create the craziest and most cinematic three-axis tourbillon of all time". The result’s the quickest three-axis regulator watch on the planet, a hypnotic kinetic sculpture for the wrist. Its "TriAx" mechanism permits a controller to function on three axes, rotating at totally different speeds and on totally different ranges, in a file of eight seconds, 12 seconds and 20 seconds. The final axis of rotation is eccentric to the opposite two.

Along with the spectacular rotation velocity, the brand new structure is spectacular. The Legacy Machine Thunderdome installs its giant three-axis controller within the heart of the dial, seen from all sides, within the conventional LM type. Held in place by a spectacular arch bridge, sharing some similarities with the Flying-T for ladies, it’s protected by an enormous sapphire dome.

This authentic three-axis, two-cage building supplies unprecedented visibility. His uncommon Potter exhaust incorporates a set exhaust wheel. This frees up more room for steadiness and hairspring. Each have an uncommon form. The spiral is helical (the Gyrotourbillon 2 was geared up with a cylindrical spiral). These spirals enable the spring to breathe evenly and enhance isochronism.

As you’ll be able to think about, this engaging resolution is advanced to fabricate and requires area / quantity. The pendulum itself is hemispherical. This modern configuration permits to acquire the best steadiness attainable when it’s mixed with the helical spiral whereas sustaining a comparatively compact building. The match of such a pendulum represented a significant problem, and MB & F needed to refine the usage of laser measuring devices to do that.

The Potter's Exhaust

The MB & F Thunder & Dome Legacy Machine is predicated on a modified Potter exhaust. As an alternative of the cellular exhaust wheels that we discover in just about all trendy exhaust sorts, it’s geared up with a set inverted gear wheel, coplanar to the lever fork.

Albert H. Potter (1836-1908) was a watchmaker of American descent. He settled in Geneva in 1875 the place he obtained his Institution Allow. Throughout his lengthy profession, he invented and made drawings for various escapements.

The mixed weight of this ultra-fast, multi-axis coronary heart reaches virtually a gram, which can appear mild, however it’s really a lot heavier than a conventional regulator, whirlpool or not. The oscillator has a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and the handbook winding motion affords 45 hours of energy reserve on three barrels. Hours and minutes are indicated on a stretch lacquered dial, tilted at 58 levels and inclined vertically.

Excessive-grade ending

For the distinctive dial and motion end of the Thunderdome Legacy Machine, MB & F solicited the abilities of Kari Voutilainen. The Finnish watchmaker is concerned within the ornament and the manufacture of sure items. The blue-blue guilloche plaque that frames the rotary regulator is manufactured in his workshop Comblémine primarily based in Saint-Sulpice.

For the primary time in a MB & F creation, Kari Voutilainen agrees to make use of his personal ending approach on ratchet wheels. This end provides a gloss that seems virtually uniformly sanded however displays direct mild in deeply curved sigmoid waves. Seen through the underside of the case, the end of the motion is irreproachable. The bridges are finely beveled by hand and adorned with Geneva stripes. The names of Coudray and Voutilainen are engraved by hand on the periphery of the motion. Lastly, the ability reserve of the watch is indicated on the again of the motion.

The MB & F Legacy Machine Thunderdome, a fascinating masterpiece of mechanical engineering, is housed in a 44mm platinum case with an offset crown. The horns have been barely reworked and are extra elongated in comparison with earlier Legacy machines. With its stable sapphire curved crystal defending the 3D regulator, the MB & F Legacy Thunderdome Machine has a thickness of 22.2 mm. It's probably not a snug peak, however what an attention grabbing timepiece!

The Tantalum Version with Adventurine Dial for The Hour Glass

Availability and Costs

The MB & F Thunderdome Legacy Machine in platinum with blue guilloche dial is a restricted version of 33 items. It’s worn on a hand-stitched blue alligator strap secured by a platinum folding clasp. There may be additionally a restricted version of 10 tantalum items for The Hour Glass (5 watches with an aventurine dial and 5 watches with a blue guilloche dial). The worth is about at CHF 270,000 (excluding taxes) for the platinum launch version.

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