Introducing the MB&F LM1 Silberstein

Now in its 11th year, MB&F continues to dazzle horophiles around the globe with timepieces that quicken heartbeats. Today, the Horological Lab officially unveiled the LM1 Silberstein, and it is by far the most charming and interesting watch we’ve seen from the independent brand yet.

We reckon the LM1 Silberstein will be a hit with regional collectors thanks to its charming design traits, and the availability of titanium cases.

We reckon the LM1 Silberstein will be a hit with regional collectors thanks to its charming design traits, and the availability of titanium cases.

To create the watch you see before you, MB&F turned to its iconic Legacy Machine 1 (the brand’s first round watch) to act as a base, and once again recruited the services of Alain Silberstein to transform it. Silberstein previously collaborated with MB&F to create the HM2.2 Black Box, and is known for integrating interesting shapes and bright colors into his work. Silberstein actually ran his own watch brand from 1990 to 2012.

The LM1 Silberstein retains the same basic design, and all of the horological functionality of the LM1, and LM1 M.A.D Dubai (read here), but there are also a number of differences. As far as wearability is concerned, this might be the most wearable LM1 interpretation yet because the case measures 42.5mm in diameter (LM1s typically measure 44mm). There’s no bezel either (a trait you’ll find on Silberstein’s own watches), and you’ll find an engraving of Silberstein’s motto on the case at the six o’clock position, which translates to “Having your passion as a profession is true happiness”.

Three references of the LM1 Silberstein will be produced, this version has a rose-gold case and a frosted dial.

Three references of the LM1 Silberstein will be produced, this version has a rose-gold case and a frosted dial.

The dial also plays host to a number of aesthetic changes – you’ll find red hour hands in the shape of a triangle on both dials, while the seconds hand is finished in a playful blue color. Both sub-dials are shaped likes cups but perhaps the biggest difference is sitting in plain sight – the balance bridge is now crafted from sapphire, which should make the balance wheel look like its suspended in thin air, when viewed from certain angles.

The LM1’s calibre, though unchanged in terms of its architecture, has been decorated with a frosted finish (rather than the Cotes de Geneve), which is identical to the finish found on the LM101 Frost (read about it here).

The hand wound calibre retains all the functionality of past LM1 references and is still a stunner to look at.

The hand wound calibre retains all the functionality of past LM1 references and is still a stunner to look at.

MB&F will create three different variants of the LM1 Silberstein (rose-gold, titanium and black titanium), and each will be limited to just 13 pieces each. The differences are confined mainly to the choice of case material and the finish of the dial.

We’ve been told that the watch will arrive in Dubai at the M.A.D. Gallery shortly, and we’ll have a more in-depth write-up for you, once we’ve experienced the piece first hand. The titanium pieces will carry a retail price of approximately US $84,000, while the rose-gold reference will cost $94,000.

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