Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons recently opened an MB&F M.A.D. Gallery in Dubai, which sells exclusive luxury watches designed by Swiss watch manufacturer Max Büsser. Well before the first watch had been produced, the Seddiqi family had supported Büsser’s vision of a horological laboratory focused on creating kinetic sculptures that give time.
LUXURY WATCH LM1 MAD DUBAI
First launched in 2011, Legacy Machine Nº1 (LM1) is a tribute to the great innovators of traditional watchmaking, with its monumental central balance, superlatively finished movement, completely independent dual time zones, unique vertical power reserve indicator and elegant annular case. But above all, it is an authentic three-dimensional MB&F Machine. Gazing down through LM1’s crystal-clear bubble sapphire dome to the micro-mechanical fantasy below, it’s easy to imagine Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo looking upon the mythical underwater city of Atlantis.
LM1 M.A.D. Dubai is a limited edition of just 13 pieces in Ti-6 Al-4V (grade 5) titanium. It is the first Legacy Machine available in this high-tech aerospace grade alloy. The LM1 M.A.D. Dubai edition is easily distinguished from its stable mates by the eye-catching vivid green of its CVD-treated movement main plate, as well as the Arabic-Hindi numerals of the “home time” sub dial. LM1 is one of very few dual time zone watches offering completely independent setting of both hours and minutes. Green CVD has only recently become an option; the colour has long been considered too unstable for commercial applications. While applying green CVD is a long process, light playing over the verdant surface creates spectacularly contrasting hues of blue and purple
Photos: Courtesy of Pierre-André Clergue and MB&F
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