Watch of the Week: MB&F LM1 Silberstein

Simple geometric shapes and a troika of bold, primary colors bring a playful, pared-down aesthetic to one very sophisticated timepiece.

No watch brand harnesses the nostalgia of the past and the radicalism of the future quite like MB&F, an independent Swiss watchmaker that’s been wowing the world with its steampunk-meets-sci-fi timepieces since its debut in 2005. For the brand’s latest creation, “Max Busser and Friends” tapped the talents of French interior designer Alain Silberstein to create a limited-edition version of the company’s Legacy Machine No.1—the first design in a line of watches made to reimagine 19th century horology—dubbed the LM1 Silberstein.

Like the original, the LM1 Silberstein features two dials (for independent dual time zones) with hours and minutes, highly domed sapphire crystal, and the timepiece’s original 279-part manual-wind 3D movement, developed by Jean-Francois Mojon of Chronode and Kari Voutilainen exclusively for MB&F. From there, Silberstein (who founded his own watch brand back in 1990) adds his own signature flare in the form of a simplified response to the original, featuring simple geometric shapes, primary colors, concave subdials, and a single nearly transparent sapphire balance cock. The one flourish he has added is a quote from French novelist Stendhal that translates to “Making a profession of your passion is true happiness,” engraved between the lugs.

The 42mm watch comes in three different materials: 18-karat rose gold ($92,000), grade 5 titanium ($83,000), or black PVD titanium ($83,000). Only 12 of each will be made. mbandf.com.