The Split Escapement gets a striking emerald paint job
MB&F loves to think outside the box when it comes to watch design – and even outside the movement. For its Legacy Machine Split Escapement model, for example, it took the 14mm balance wheel from the back to the front, suspending it over the dial to become a striking design feature in its own right. The ‘Split Escapement’ name refers to the fact that the mechanics of the watch are now split above and below the face.
The 44mm Legacy Machine Split Escapement was originally released in 2017, in four colour variations, each limited to just 18 pieces. Two years later, and this new limited edition of 33 pieces, finished in grade 5 titanium with a green CVD-treated dial, is joining them. When the dial catches the light, according to the angle, its hue can change from green to blue.
Like the other watches in the series, the new green version has the balance wheel front and centre, with the time at 12 o’clock, the power reserve indication at 4 o’clock and the date at 8 o’clock. The date can be adjusted via the push-button on the side, with the rest of the movement visible on the reverse through the sapphire caseback.
This is a simple, elegant watch with a striking colour scheme, and a mechanical design feature like no other. But for AED243,000, you would want it to be.