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Looking Forward At Geneva Watch Days 2022: Expansion and Evolution With The Launch Of MB&F LABs & New MB&F LM Split Escapement EVO

One small step for the expanding EVO family, one giant leap for the independent watchmaking industry.

Editor’s note: Like you, we are also excited for the Geneva Watch Days 2022 novelties. Before we get to dive deep into them, here’s our preview & Gut Reaction Review (Grr…) of two new MB&F LM Split Escapement EVO. For our detailed hands-on reviews, please head to our dedicated reviews section here. This is NOT a sponsored post.

LM Split Escapement EVO

The Ability or MB&F LM Split Escapement EVO In A Nutshell

“Evolution is all about looking forward,” once said Spanish footballer Gerard Piqué. MB&F is steadily — and thankfully might I add considering they innovate — turning into a horological universe of its own, one where creativity and watchmaking intertwine to lend wrists with artworks worthy of unlimited praise. This universe is not just about high-end kinetic art timepieces from an independent watchmaker; with their products at the M.A.D Gallery, the recent M.A.D Edition 1 Red, and the introduction of the daily-wearable sports watch family with the Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO, they are expanding.

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LM Split Escapement EVO

Now, at Geneva Watch Days 2022, they are announcing two new MB&F LM Split Escapement EVO watches and the launch of new concept MB&F LABs in cities of Paris, Singapore and Beverly Hills. Besides the color differences, both the new MB&F LM Split Escapement EVO boast of the same charm and the following features: 

  • 80m water resistance and screw-down crown for practicality
  • an integrated rubber strap for wearability
  • Super-LumiNova on the display for visibility
  • a bezel-free design for clarity
  • a shock-absorbing “FlexRing” system for usability
  • and 30 degrees clockwise rotation of the entire mechanism for the personality

For MB&F, and its lovers, it is time to look forward to a universe where  evolution of wrist-wear reaches new heights.

LM Split Escapement EVO

Some Context 

Couple of year ago, MB&F announced their own take on a sports watch, the zirconium cased colourful Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO. Rather limited in numbers, this only 45-piece release saw MB&F tailor its offering to a more outdoorsy environment, thanks to the inclusion of a mono-block shock protection system called “FlexRing”. This FlexRing concept sees the presence of a one-piece stainless steel annular dampener fitted between the case and movement, that provides shock protection along the vertical and lateral axes.

LM Split Escapement EVO

Then last year they new announced the MB&F LM Perpetual EVO Titanium, another feather in their cap. It featured an impressive manual winding perpetual calendar movement with double mainspring barrels lending a generous 72-hour per reserve and a bespoke 14mm balance wheel with traditional regulating screws visible on top of the movement. But the dial was a bit busy. 

LM Split Escapement EVO

The new MB&F LM Split Escapement EVO brings that same enigmatic horological pleasure to your wrist, but with a more simplistic dial featuring 3 sub-dials depicting time, date and power-reserve. Those who follow the brand closely would remember this execution in the UAE’s 50th anniversary edition, the salmon coloured LMSE EVO UAE GOLDEN JUBILEE. 

Basic Specs Of The New MB&F LM Split Escapement EVO

Inside the new MB&F LM Split Escapement EVO ticks the Manual winding with double mainspring barrels movement developed for MB&F by Stephen McDonnell. It features 298 components, 35 jewels, a rapid date-changing system, and beats at the low frequency of 2.5Hz. 

This impressive 19th-century style hand-finished movement — featuring bevelled internal angles, polished bevels, Geneva waves, and engravings — also boasts of a special darkened treatment that creates heightened contrast between the wheels, the rhodium-plated barrels and the rose gold detail, and is encased inside an impressive 80m water-resistant titanium body measuring 44mm x 17.5mm. 

LM Split Escapement EVO

Retailing for CHF 75’000 + VAT (EUR 75’000 / USD 80’000 + tax), the non-limited edition new MB&F LM Split Escapement EVO is announced today on 29 August 2022 as part of the Geneva Watch Days 2022. It will soon be available at their retailers and at https://shop.madgallery.ch/products/lm-split-escapement-evo-titanium.

The LM Split Escapement EVO Beverly Hills will be sold exclusively at the  Los Angeles’ Rodeo Drive location and will retail for the same USD 80’000 + tax. This first of MB&F LABs will be managed by the renowned American watch retailer Westime, who has been a partner of MB&F since the brand’s baby steps days. 

LM Split Escapement EVO

The ‘Live’ Experience 

I have had the privilege of looking at these live, albeit over a video call, and something that the press photos don’t do justice to is how the dial of the regular production MB&F LM Split Escapement EVO comes above when caressed by light; the spiral sun-ray effect dial changes hues and colours from light blue to grey, lending a mesmerising effect to your wrist. The subtle grey of the dial base acts as a complementing backdrop to the darker grey of the sub-dials, which in turn complements the grey of the integrated rubber strap (with a titanium folding buckle). The colour way reminds me of the recent Breitling Top Time Triumph Series

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LM Split Escapement EVO

The other 25-piece LE Beverly Hills version features a black dial plate and metallic blue sub-dials, almost converse of the new regular production MB&F LM Split Escapement EVO. The choice of colours reflects Westime’s corporate colours of blue and black (and I for one am curious to find out the colour of the Singapore edition). 

LM Split Escapement EVO

In person, these look quite stellar too, with the black dial offering a bit more of reflection. I like its pairing with a crisp white strap, and the combination of black and white acts a perfect base for the shiny blue sub-dials to really shine through. 

The use of black here also made me wonder if MB&F and H. Moser & Cie might do another collaboration, with MB&F using the latter’s Vantablack® dial just like Moser did last year with the Streamliner Cylindrical Tourbillon Only Watch 2021

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LM Split Escapement EVO

Overall, I like the play of depths and heights, and the symmetry of the timepiece as a whole. Whether be it the raised sub-dials, the three-dimensional balance wheel, or the rotated sub-dial layout with complementary crown at 4.30, the new MB&F LM Split Escapement EVO is both a visual and design work of art. 

One small step for the expanding EVO family, one giant leap for the independent watchmaking industry.

LM Split Escapement EVO

To find out more about the new MB&F LM Split Escapement EVO and their other watches, please head to their website here. All images unless otherwise stated are courtesy ©MB&F SA 2018.

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