In 2017, I got my hands on the ANGELUS U20 Ultra Skelton Tourbillon at a lunch in Sydney and became fascinated by the idea of high complication watches in technical, slim profile cases. Since the MB&F Legacy Machine debuted, it has been my preferred choice from the brand but the lean on predominantly precious metal cases (with some steel and titanium added along the way) has deterred me from thinking about it as a true lifestyle watch. Consequently, no Legacy Machine has moved me like this one. It is my new grail – the Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO – constructed of zirconium which is lighter than steel and more durable than titanium.
The 44mm zirconium (which is known to spontaneously ignite in powdered form, making it highly dangerous to machine) case boasts a new, slimmer profile emphasising openness and extreme clarity. A specially developed monobloc shock-absorbing dampener ‘FlexRing’, protects the Stephen McDonnell designed movement – that replaces traditional constructions with an innovative mechanical processor – while a generous 80 metres of water resistance and a streamlined rubber strap offer the most versatile wearing experience of any MB&F Machine ever.
Although the case dimensions have not altered – measuring 44mm x 17.5mm – the new Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO forgoes the existing bezel and thermally bonds the domed sapphire crystal directly to the case, enhancing the visual effect of the showstopping movement. New double sprung oblong pushers protrude less than the existing circular ones, eliminating accidental activation. An innovative mechanical débrayage (declutching) of the crown from the winding stem means the manual winding movement cannot be overwound.
The 581 component Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO offers 72 hours of power reserve and is available in three dials: atomic orange CVD, blue CVD, or black PVD, limited to 15 pieces each, priced at CHF152,000 (excl.tax), US$167,000 (excl. tax) or €142,000 (excl. tax).
Walk into any room, anywhere in the world, and rest assured you’re wearing the best watch in it. Forgive MB&F for including the circa 93′ Bayliner bowrider and not the Azimut Verve 47 in the otherwise enjoyable video.