The results of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) 2012 are in and MB&F have done the double.
The MB&F Legacy Machine N° 1 was perhaps considered a tame and docile addition to the MB&F family, considering the visual impact of it's siblings. The piece was, after all designed with more than a nod to traditional pocketwatch construction and it had as it's power source a pocketwatch-inspired calibre, hand wound with a large balance wheel and a slow rate of oscillation beating at 18,000 bph providing the wearer with a noteworthy rest between the ticks. To create it Max Büsser employed the skills of Jean-François Mojon, creator of the Opus X and Kari Voutilainen the Finnish Master Watchmaker, an expert in fine detailing, a man not used to signing his name on anything other than his own creations. Both Watchmakers worked to create the LM1 Calibre. The piece has not only a unique calibre but also a unique dial arrangement, high-domed and magnificent in every way. When I reviewed it I described it's dial as having "perfect parity and symmetry". I loved it then and I love it still - and I am not alone, not only did the jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève consider it worthy of the prize for "Men's Watch", but the Legacy Machine N° 1 also received the public vote too.
Here are the rest of the results....
“Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix TAG Heuer, Mikrogirder - supremely technical and mind-blowingly fast.
- Special Jury Prize Société Suisse de Chronométrie (SSC) - A well deserved accolade for an acclaimed organisation.
- Ladies’ Watch Prize Chanel Première Tourbillon Volant - The collection is now 25 years old and this edition is particularly beautiful and technically accomplished.
- Men’s Watch Prize MB&F, Legacy Machine N°1 - What can I say - unique Calibre, unique dial arrangement.
- Innovation Prize HYT, H1 Titane Black DLC - Liquid display of time - a truly innovational piece.
- Jewellery and Artistic Crafts Watch Prize, Chopard Imperiale Tourbillon Full Set - not simply sparkly but a demonstration of the brand's gem-setting expertise.
- Best Complicated Watch Prize Greubel Forsey, Invention Piece 2 - A Quadruple tourbillon arrangement with a case which bulges to contain them.
- Sports Watch Prize Habring2, Doppel 2.0 - Superb whisker-slim double seconds hands which stretch to the edge of a suitably plain dial.
- “Petite Aiguille” Prize, Zenith Pilot Big Date Special - One of a trio of Pilot's watches released by Zenith this year and a worthy and thrifty addition to their portfolio.
- Best Watchmaker Prize Carole Forestier Kasapi - Proof, if it were needed that this industry promotes the work of women too.
- Public Prize MB&F, Legacy Machine N°1 - A watch to lust after, and so say all of us.
My original review of the MB&F Legacy Machine N°1 affirms my guilty pleasure regarding this watch.