While new watches abound at Baselworld—the industry’s largest jewelry and watch show, which ran this year from March 27 through April 3—the collectors and retailers who attended did not necessarily have an easy time finding the next must-buy timepiece.
Some 250 years ago, John Arnold became the favored watchmaker of the British royal court when he presented King George II with a ring less than 1 inch in diameter that kept time and also functioned as a minute repeater.
The original Legacy Machine No. 1 was conceived as a watch that would exemplify the sort of forward-thinking timepiece that MB&F (Maximilian Büsser and Friends) would have created had the brand been founded a century ago, using modern materials but the techniques and inspirations of that era.
Created in 2002 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak line of watches, the original Royal Oak Concept was a radical reinterpretation of the esteemed design, featuring an openwork dial and a more rounded case.