MB&F’S Maximilian Büsser takes on this season’s fashionable Kelly green,
It is hard to imagine swiss watchmaker and MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser referring to fashion runway trends. But the fact that two of his new releases this year feature the trending Kelly green (or Kermit green, as other outlets have unforgivingly named it), it is an uncanny coincidence. The newly launched variants of the Horological Machine and the Legacy Machine Perpetual both feature a deep and intense green—on the bezel of the HM7 Aquapod and across the dial for the LM Perpetual Calendar—limited to just 50 pieces each. The Kelly green was named after the Irish greeneries, with Kelly being a common family name in the country—so the fact that Irish watchmaker Stephen Mcdonnell was the brilliant mind behind the LM Perpetual’s proprietary fool-proof mechanism adds that touch of personal playfulness we have come to expect from MB&F. While the first two iterations of the unusual, jellyfish-resembling Aquapod launched last year were executed in red gold with a black bezel and titanium with blue ceramic bezel, MB&F chose to produce this year’s version in a green that closely mimics the strong emerald glow of the Superluminova-coated hour and minute markings on the dial. The same shade is
When the lights are turned off, the radiant green seems to glow like a bioluminescent jellyfish
also seen around the watch’s central flying tourbillon on the Ambient Glow Technology (AGT) Ultra panels, so when the lights are turned off, the radiant green seems to glow like a bioluminescent jellyfish. On top of the titanium unidirectional rotating bezel is a coat of green lacquer. The sapphire insert is then fixed on top of the bezel, giving the green a “shinier” feel. It is a colour that synchronises with the aquatic feel of the watch and given the jellyfishinspired architecture, is probably closest to the Aequorea Victoria species of jellyfish that emits a green bioluminescence. This emerald shade of green can also be seen on the dial of the LM Perpetual, serving as a canvas to its incredible 581-component movement. That isn’t the only change though, as the timepiece is now endowed with a titanium frame to further highlight the emerald hue. This isn’t the first time this shade of green has been seen on an MB&F LM piece, as a similar colour is seen on the LM2 Titanium from last year and the LM1 MAD Dubai Limited Edition watch edition from 2016.
3D ARCHITECTURE The balance wheel and indication dials of the LM Perpetual Calendar offer an unobstructed view of the complex mechanism; the HM7 Aquapod (top) is built with an aquatic theme
BUILDING BLOCKS While the LM Perpetual (left) is constructed much like a conventional movement with parts spread across the entire space, the HM7 Aquapod (right) is stacked, allowing for the submersiblelike structure of the watch to stand out