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Limited Edition MB&F Yellow Gold LM Perpetual Calendar Watch Revealed

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Maximilian Büsser and his friends are back at it, this time with 25 limited editions of the famous Legacy Machine Perpetual Calendar watch in 18K yellow gold with a deep blue dial plate to match.
MB&F LM Perpetual limited edition yellow gold wrist shot
MB&F LM Perpetual limited edition yellow gold wrist shot

Since its original launch in 2015, the LM Perpetual has been handcrafted and released in various editions featuring cases made of platinum, titanium, red gold, white gold. This is the first time however that an 18K yellow gold version has been created and one can’t help but feel the yellow-golden tones enhance its futuristic steampunk characteristics.

Originally created as a collaboration between MB&F and Northern Irish watchmaker Stephen McDonnell, the Legacy Machine Perpetual watch is a fascinating piece that completely reinvents the perpetual calendar watch model.

Generally speaking, the perpetual calendar model has been one of the greatest traditional complications, whose function it is to calculate and display the days and months of the year. There are some small issues however, in that, perpetual calendar watches don’t always know how to handle leap years and are prone to damage if attempting to adjust them while the date is in the process of changing.

Focusing on these pain points, Stephen McDonnell and the team set about creating a revolutionary new system for calculating the number of days in each month.

MB&F LM Perpetual limited edition 18k yellow gold blue face
The limited edition LM perpetual has a44mm case and contains 581 components. Credit: MB&F

As a general rule of thumb, traditional perpetual calendar mechanisms use a 31-day month as the default and more or less “delete” extra dates they don’t need for the months with fewer days. This is done by fast-forwarding through the “extra” dates during changeover e.g a  traditional perpetual calendar changing from February 28 to March 1 will quickly scroll through the 29th, 30th and 31st to arrive at the 1st.

In contrast, the LM Perpetual uses a “mechanical processor” instead of the conventional space-consuming grand levier (big lever) system architecture. This mechanical processor allows the LM Perpetual to utilise a default 28-day month and only adds extra days as required. This means that each month always has the exact number of days required and there is no fast-forwarding or skipping redundant days.

MB&F LM Perpetual limited edition 18 carat yellow gold case back
The MB&F yellow gold LM perpetual contains 41 jewels. Credit: MB&F

Additionally, while the leap year can only be set on traditional perpetual calendars by scrolling through up to 47 months, the LM Perpetual has a dedicated quickset pusher to adjust the year.

It only took three years and many sleepless nights later to figure out, but figure it out they did and thus the Legacy Machine Perpetual was created.

To date the LM Perpetual Editions have incuded:

  • Platinum 950 with blue face (limited to 25 pieces)
  • Grade 5 titanium with green face (limited to 50 pieces)
  • 18k red gold with grey face (limited to 25 pieces)
  • 18k white gold with purple face (limited to 25 pieces)
  • 18k white gold with dark grey face
  • 18k yellow gold with blue face (limited to 25 pieces)

Prices start from $167,000 per piece. For more information visit the website.

MB&F LM Perpetual limited edition yellow gold close up
MB&F LM Perpetual 18k yellow gold with a 72 hour power reserve. Credit MB&F

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MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT Now in Red Gold and Platinum

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The award winning MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT is now available in Red Gold & Platinum editions with 18 of each to be made.
Limited Edition MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT
Limited Edition MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT. Credit: MB&F

A year after the 2019 launch of the original Legacy Machine FlyingT, MB&F have released two new limited editions of their award winning women’s watch – the first featuring an 18K red gold case with a midnight black dial (the “night” version) and the second, a platinum 950 case with a sky-blue dial (the “day” version).

Compared to the original Legacy Machine FlyingT which was offered in several different diamond encrusted configurations, this time around MB&F have chosen to present a slightly more understated design (if that can actually be said of MB&F), opting to use plain precious metals to frame the faces designed by dial-maker Kari Voutilainen.

The night version with black dial MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT
The night version with black dial MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT. Credit: MB&F

Collaborating with longtime friend of the brand to create the faces, the lacquer dial plate has been replaced with two different guilloché plates featuring a radial pattern of dainty scalloped arches.

Handcrafted at Comblémine, Kari Voutilainen’s dial facility in the watchmaking region of Val-de-Travers in Switzerland, the traditional watchmaking practice of guilloché (pronounced “gee-oh-shay”) is a decorative engraving technique dating back to the 17th century that uses a rose engine lathe guided by hand to produce the intricate geometric pattern found on the dial face.

The day version with sky blue dial MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT
The day version with sky blue dial MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT. Credit: MB&F

Building upon the guilloché dial, a small white lacquer dial displaying the hours and minutes sits at the base of the flying tourbillon (angled at 50° so that only the wearer can read it) while atop of the flying tourbillon there remains one sole 0.035 carat diamond, completing a rotation every 60 seconds. To create another interesting dynamic feature, the MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT features an automatic winding rotor in the shape of a red gold sun, which provides the striking watch with 100 hours of power reserve.

Launched in 2019, the origins of the MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT were created from founder Maximilian Büsser’s ruminations on the keystone roles that women have played in his life. Maximilian wanted to celebrate and highlight a rich and complex femininity, choosing to embody elegance and vitality and a formidable resilience over the traditional softer conventions we often see in other female watches.

For those who are interested, the latest limited edition MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT price is $106,000 CHF for the red gold night version and $116,000 CHF for the platinum day version.

Maximilian Büsser on the design of the legacy machine flyingT. credit: mb&F

MB&F LM FlyingT Day And Night Version Details

Engine
  • Three-dimensional vertical architecture, automatic winding, conceived and developed in-house by MB&F
  • Central flying 60-second tourbillon, with a diamond at the top of the flying tourbillon cage
  • Power reserve: 100 hours
  • Balance frequency: 2.5Hz / 18,000bph
  • Three-dimensional sun winding rotor in 18k 5N+ red gold, titanium and platinum.
  • Number of components: 280
  • Number of jewels: 30
Functions / Indications
  • Hours and minutes displayed on a 50° vertically titled dial with two blued serpentine hands.
  • Two crowns: winding on left and time-setting on right
Case
  • Material: 5N+ 18k red gold and platinum 950
  • High domed sapphire crystal on top with anti-reflective coating on both sides, sapphire crystal on back.
  • Dimensions: 38.5 mm x 20 mm
  • Number of components: 17
  • Water resistance: 30 m / 90’ / 3 atm
Strap & Buckle
  • Calf or alligator leather straps with red gold or platinum pin buckle matching the case.
Price
  • MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT Red Gold “Night” Price: $106,000 CHF
  • MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT Platinum “Night” Price: $116,000 CHF

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Hublot’s New Watch for Fans of the UEFA Champions League

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Hublot have created a new limited edition watch for fans of the UEFA Champions League and a creation that reinforces the brand’s love and relationship with football.
Hublot Classic Fusion AeroFusion Chronograph UEFA Champions League limited edition watch
The Classic Fusion AeroFusion Chronograph UEFA Champions League watch. Credit: Hublot

Hublot are said to be the first luxury brand and the first Swiss watch brand to get involved in football. Kicking off in 2006, Hublot sponsored the Swiss national team followed shortly after by a partnership with UEFA with Hublot becoming the ‘Official Timekeeper’ for UEFA Euro 2008. It was a successful beginning and every year since Hublot has timed the UEFA European Championships, returning this summer for the hotly anticipated UEFA Euro 2020 tournament, which for the first time takes place across Europe in 12 host cities.

With a clear love for the sport Hublot decided to create a limited edition version of the Classic Fusion especially for fans of Europe’s most prestigious club competition and named it the Classic Fusion AeroFusion Chronograph UEFA Champions League.

In blue ceramic and limited to 100 pieces, the Classic Fusion AeroFusion Chronograph UEFA Champions League has a smoky midnight blue polished and satin-finished ceramic 45mm case and bezel, and comes on a blue rubber strap. Its crown, chronograph pushers and trademark bezel screws are in contrasting polished titanium.

One of the watch’s most striking features is its deep, three-dimensional dial. The graphic look is created by the architectural form of the HUB1155 skeleton movement’s blackened bridges, which also serve as a platform for a transparent sapphire dial. That dial is decorated with applied hour markers and twin counters for the chronograph minutes and running seconds, which appear to float over the movement below. The sapphire under the running seconds counter at 3 o’clock is further decorated with the repeating star motif from the UEFA Champions League logo.

Hublot Classic Fusion AeroFusion Chronograph UEFA Champions League limited edition watch
A 45mm ceramic case with UEFA star motif on the seconds counter. Credit: Hublot
Hublot Classic Fusion AeroFusion Chronograph UEFA Champions League watch case back
Sapphire crystal insert decorated with the UEFA Champions League logo. Credit: Hublot

The watch is powered by the Hublot HUB1155 automatic chronograph calibre, which has a 42-hour power reserve. Finishing off the watch’s striking look is a blue ceramic case back with a sapphire crystal insert decorated with the UEFA Champions League logo.

Here’s the latest scoreboard showing Hublot’s history with football:

2006 – Hublot claims its place as the first luxury brand to commit itself to the beautiful game as Sponsor of the Swiss football team
2008 – Official Watch for UEFA Euro in Austria and Switzerland
2008 – Official Timekeeper for Manchester United FC
2010 – Official Timekeeper for FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa
2011 – Official Timekeeper for Ajax Amsterdam
2012 – Official Watch for UEFA Euro in Poland and Ukraine
2012 – Official Timekeeper for Juventus FC
2012 – Official Timekeeper for Bayern München FC
2013 – Official Timekeeper for Paris Saint-Germain FC
2014 – Official Timekeeper for FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil
2015 – Official Timekeeper for FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in Canada
2015 – Official Timekeeper for Chelsea FC
2015 – Official Watch for UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League (2015-2018)
2016 – Official Watch for UEFA Euro in France
2016 – Partner of Best FIFA Football Award™
2016 – Golden Foot Hublot awarded to Gianluigi Buffon
2017 – Official Timekeeper for Sport Lisboa e Benfica
2017 – Official Timekeeper for FIFA Confederations Cup
2017 – Golden Foot Hublot awarded to Iker Casillas
2018 – Official Timekeeper for FIFA World Cup™ in Russia
2019 – Partner of Globe Soccer Awards™ in Dubai
2019 – Official Timekeeper for FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in France
2020 – Partner of Globe Soccer Awards™ in Dubai
2020 – Official Watch for UEFA Champions League

“This is an exciting day for fans of European football, who will be tuning in to the next round of UEFA Champions League games this evening all over the world. They will see the famous Hublot referee boards used by the fourth official, and from today, they can also wear the beautiful blue ceramic Classic Fusion AeroFusion Chronograph UEFA Champions League, a watch made for football fans. Hublot loves football!”- Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of HUBLOT

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New Company, New Superyacht: Emerald Yacht Cruises First Build is Luxury

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A new 110m superyacht is under construction for Mediterranean cruises and small village access and will launch in July 2021.
Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra sailing past the Amalfi Coast Italy
Superyacht Emerald Azzurra envisioned sailing past the Amalfi Coast. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Australian company, Emerald Cruises, has two jewels in its portfolio and just accumulated a third. The first is Emerald Waterways which is the river cruise division. Her ocean adventuring sister is called Emerald Cruises. Emerald Cruises is expanding with a new niche line called Emerald Yacht Cruises and is not wasting any time with her first ocean going superyacht, Emerald Azzurra in build already.

The inaugural steel cutting ceremony was held on 7th Dec 2019, with the 110 metre yacht’s hull and machinery now being constructed at the Ha Long Shipbuilding Company in Ha Long City, Vietnam, with the interior fit-out to be directly managed by the Emerald Cruises project team.

Why a Yacht Division?

Scenic Group is the overarching company that retains all the Emerald brands and Company Chairman and Owner Glen Moroney explained the story behind the new brand. The decision to introduce a superyacht to the Evergreen/Emerald Cruises brand followed a successful period of chartering vessels in Croatia. The Adriatic Coast had been a hit with passengers and the charters had sold well. There was an issue though, and it lay with the charter vessel being used for the season.

“The problem was that the experience doesn’t live up to what we’d like to deliver, either for Emerald or for Scenic. And the reason for that is certainly not the destination, it’s just the ship,” Moroney said. He cited the charter vessel’s small capacity of 36, an inefficient 1:4 crew to guest ratio, a lack of modern facilities, and above all, space. A lack of stabilisers also meant the previous charter vessel, MV Adriatic Princess, was unable to access some ports.

Customers were not complaining, regardless, the company looked at what could be done. “The experience promises a lot, and the destination is fantastic and people are enjoying themselves. And then once again, stupid us, we think we can do a little bit better,” the Scenic Group boss quipped.

Launching in July 2021, and 110m in length, Emerald Azzurra will be able to access smaller, more off-the-beaten-track ports that other cruise ships are too large for allowing guests to enjoy a more authentic experience in small towns and villages.

Some of Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Itinerary
Emerald Azzurra will spend a lot of time in the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas.

The superyacht will still visit all the major ports such as Rome (Civitavecchia) and Barcelona, but will dock in the centre of smaller ports, such as Bonifacio, Corsica; Port Vendres, France; Fiskardo, Greece; Port Ercole, Italy and Piran, Slovenia. In these ports, guests will be free to explore the town at their leisure with no set itinerary, and fresh produce will be sourced from local markets and served on-board the yacht. Emerald Azzurra will also feature a marine platform for paddle boarding and snorkeling, three tenders and two zodiacs for shore excursions.

Moroney says further “It’s a modern interpretation of ships in that class at the moment that are 20 to 25, and even 30 years old, or smaller ships that are not able to access the ports or have the modern amenities or the size of the cabins. I’m certain you’ll find it extremely popular.”

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Owner Suites
Emerald Azzurra’s luxurious Owner Suites located on the pool deck. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises
Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Owner Suite Layout Plan
The Owner Suite Layout. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Onboard Emerald Azzurra

Contemporary in design and decor, Emerald’s first ocean vessel will feature 50 spacious balcony staterooms and suites. A significant proportion (88%) of the staterooms on Emerald Azzura will offer balconies with views. Cabins will range from the 18-square-metre lead-in Oceanview Stateroom (without balcony), to the 28-square-metre Balcony Suites, 60-square-metre Terrace and Yacht suites and the top-of-the-line 111-square-metre Owner’s Suite.

But it’s not just about luxurious cabins and large space. Emerald Azzurre’s appeal is also about the other amenities on the ship.

From the top of Emerald Azzurra we have Deck 7 (Sky Deck) Featuring a spa pool and the Sky Bar.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Sky Deck
Emerald Azzurra’s Sky Deck. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Deck 6 (Pool Deck) this will be the attention-grabber with an infinity-edge pool and café. This level also has the coveted two Owners Suites aft and two Deluxe Balcony Staterooms port and starboard.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Pool
Emerald Azzurra’s superyacht pool. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises
Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Pool Deck Area
Emerald Azzurra’s Pool Deck Area in sunlight. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Deck 5 (Panorama Deck) Location of the yachts Navigation Bridge up front and the two generous Terrace Suites located aft.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Terrace Suite
Inside Emerald Azzurra’s Terrace Suite. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises
Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Terrace Suite Layout
The Terrace Suite Layout. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Deck 4 With the Observation Lounge at the bow of the ship, observation room, open viewing area and guest laundry.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Observation Lounge
Emerald Azzurra’s Observation Lounge. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Deck 3 (Emerald Deck) Horizon Bar & Lounge, The Terrace, Gift shop and Reflections Restaurant which offer 130 seats indoor and a further 48 seats in a terrace manner on the surrounding deck.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Horizon Bar
Emerald Azzurra’s Horizon Bar. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises
Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Reflections Restaurant Outside Dining
The Reflections Restaurant 48 seat outside dining. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Deck 2 (Wellness Deck) Guests will enjoy a well-equipped gym, state-of-the-art sauna, indulgent spa, hairdressers and is also the location of the marina platform.

Emerald Yacht Cruises Superyacht Emerald Azzurra's Gym
Emerald Azzurra’s will have a gym, sauna, spa and hairdressers. Credit: Emerald Yacht Cruises

Fares for Emerald Yacht Cruises sailings will include waiter-served dining at dinner; breakfast and lunch buffets stocked with locally sourced ingredients; complimentary sommelier-paired wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, all on-board gratuities, transfers to and from the airport, port charges, and all taxes.

Bookings for Emerald Azzurre is now available for 2021-2022 voyages. For additional information about Emerald Yacht Cruises, visit Emerald Yacht Cruises online.

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