When Maximilian Busser first introduced the Legacy Machine FlyingT less than a year ago, he admitted he wasn’t quite sure if the brand’s first ladies’ timepiece would resonate, let alone do well in the market.
This might just be a lesson in never second-guessing your abilities because that same watch has gone to not only become his best-selling machine last year, but also an award-winning one at the 2019 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève as the best women’s complication watch. This year, the model returns in a more modest guise; the three diamond-set white gold editions will make way for either red gold or platinum versions, both sans the ice for easier everyday wear.
Still, they’re no less eye-catching. Both feature an exquisite guilloché dial plate that’s handcrafted in master watchmaker Kari Voutilainen’s workshop, which sets the tone for the rest of this dynamic piece of kinetic art. A white lacquered dial sits in the same distinctive inclined position as its predecessors, a quirky but intimate detail which makes it difficult for anyone other than its wearer to read the time.
The 60-second flying tourbillon is also a highlight within the domed confines of this little masterpiece and is topped with a single diamond that rotates and sparkles with its every movement. The high level of craftsmanship continues at the back, where the automatic winding rotor takes the form of a three-dimensional sun, providing a remarkable 100 hours of power reserve to the elaborate timepiece.
The timepieces might be created especially for women but we predict these will go down especially well with the gentleman too now that they come without the excessive bling. Only 18 pieces of the red gold and platinum versions will each be made and will retail for a very expensive US$105,000 (S$146,000) and US$116,000 (S$161,000) respectively. After all, good art never comes cheap.