The MB&F LM101 is a beautiful timepiece and, quite possibly, the most wearable of the luxury watchmaker’s ostentatious creations. It doesn't look like a spaceship, it isn't sized like a wrist-mounted weapon, and it looks normal enough to pair with most any outfit in your wardrobe. If there was any caveat, it’s the fact that the case is made in gold – a softer precious metal that you’ll probably have to worry about scratching every time you wear it out. That’s why the new MB&F LM101 for Hodinkee trades in the gold for stainless steel, housing the same ostentatious timepiece in a metal you won’t mind knocking into stuff.
Why the name? Apparently, the folks over at watch news site Hodinkee personally requested a stainless steel version of the watch last year. In response, MB&F brought them in to help make what they asked for. This is the result.
The MB&F LM101 for Hodinkee sports the same MB&F-designed complication as the original, with its three-dimensional horological movement, 229 components, and 45-hour power reserve. Aside from the new case material, the timepiece comes with a new metallic brown dial, offset by a smaller lacquer dial and a polished arch housing the 14mm balance wheel. Each watch also comes with three exclusive straps – a dark brown Louisiana crocodile strap, a tan calf leather strap, and a Horween-made shell cordovan, so you can quickly change the look by simply switching in a new band.
Only 10 examples of the MB&F LM101 for Hodinkee have been made. Price is $52,000.