The Legacy Machine FlyingT was MB&F’s first-ever machine designed specifically for women in mind-a first rewarded by a very warm welcome from the watchmaking world, including the prize for Best Ladies’ Complication at the 2019 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. The collection includes diamond-set versions in white gold, guilloché dial editions in red gold and platinum, and of course last year’s “FlyingT Allegra” collaboration with Bulgari. There have also been gemstone editions, with Lapis Lazuli in 2020 and Malachite in 2021.
The newly announced LM FlyingT Tiger Eye features a dial plate and subdial in the golden-brown gemstone, set in an 18ct yellow gold case with diamonds. MB&F doesn’t craft yellow gold cases very often, but it works particularly well with the silky luster of tiger eye, with its undulating bands of color that vary from gold to deep brown.
As always with gemstones, several virtues have been associated with the tiger eye. For example, parts of the world believe that the stone can ward off the evil eye. Roman soldiers wore the engraved tiger eye to protect them in battle.
Powering this new edition, the towering vertical structure of the FlyingT automatic movement offers 100 hours of power reserve and is topped by a 60-second flying tourbillon. The time is displayed on a tilted subdial placed at 7 o’clock and visible only to the wearer of the watch, which underlines the personal nature of the LM FlyingT Tiger Eye.