MB&F x Alain Silberstein: The Legacy Machine No. 1 Silberstein

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By Su Fen Tan

MB&F x Alain Silberstein: The Legacy Machine No. 1 Silberstein

This isn’t the first encounter between Swiss watchmaker MB&F and French designer Alain Silberstein—the two first collaborated back in 2009, when MB&F reached out to the designer to reinterpret the Horological Machine No. 2, paving the way for the watch brand’s first Performance Art piece. Fast forward years later: Silberstein puts his own spin on the classic Legacy Machine No. 1 (LM1), creating the limited edition LM1 Silberstein in this new chapter of Performance Art series.

Interestingly, the premise for this collaboration arose at Baselworld 2012, where Silberstein complemented Max Büsser, founder of MB&F, on the newly launched LM1, along with a few suggestions to further refine the model.  That sparked a new project between the two known watchmaking personalities. Taking cues from the designer’s observations, the original convex subdials are replaced with concave subdials to catch “eternal time” in the LM1 Silberstein. The original dual arches of LM1’s balance bridge were also replaced with a single, transparent bridge, giving the user full visual access to the time indications and dial-side escapement.

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Known for his unique flair for the unconventional, the designer’s penchant for primary colours and shapes shine through in the LM1 Silberstein. Triangle, rectangle and circle motifs in red, blue and yellow are a prominent feature on the watch, as seen on the hands and dial markers—they even constitute the power reserve as miniature 3D sculptures. “I resonated with LM1 because by highlighting the balance—the mechanism that splits time into miniscule increments—it highlights how man converts eternal time into something he can use,” says Silberstein. The LM1 Silberstein is available in red gold, titanium and black PVD-treated titanium in a limited edition of 12 pieces each—it doesn’t get much more exclusive than that.


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