MB&F’s new $156,000 watch is created using chemicals
MB&F is a watch brand that doesn’t tend to do things the same as everyone else. They have watches that look like jellyfish, or make watches entirely 3-D, or make massive horological robots. Now though, the luxury brand has made a seriously opulent watch using chemistry.
MB&F does two things, it does legacy machines and it does horological machines. Legacy machines are the closest thing you get to a wristwatch from these guys. The latest LM2 legacy machine is a prime example of a traditional timepiece with the wackiness of MB&F injected in.
The LM2 is a line up the brand has had for a few years now, though this deep blue and red gold variant is brand new.The actual dial is the little one at 12 o’clock made in enamel. However, the deep blue dial behind it is what we want to talk about.
The deep blue colour is achieved by CVD or ‘chemical vapour deposition’ processes. A substrate is exposed to a volatile substrate which then reacts or decomposes on the substrate surface to produce the desired result. In this case, the desired result was this deep blue sunray dial.
Who needs paint or metals when you can make your colours using dangerous chemicals?
Thanks to its blue and warm red gold colour scheme, this thing looks like one of the most luxurious watches to have ever been conceived.
The balance wheels have their regulatory energy balanced out equally, allowing for more accurate timekeeping. The thing you see sitting below the time dial and in between the balance wheels is the planetary differential.
This is the thing that makes sure the two balance wheels’ energy is equally distributed. The wheels beat at different rates so you need the differential to create the average between the two.
The watch has a domed sapphire case, along with an exposed sapphire case back to gawk at the ridiculously impressive movement. A movement which allows for the 45 hours of power reserve.
The watch is limited to 12 pieces and has a price tag of $156,000.