Iconic watchmaker, MB&F, has announced the release of the LM Perpetual EVO, the brand’s most complicated watch to date. The EVO suffix is a reference to the brand’s evolution since it burst onto the watch scene in 2007 with the unveiling of the HM1 — which, at that time, was considered a groundbreaking piece. By implementing a series of structural changes, the LM Perpetual EVO has been beefed up and is ready for action in real-life situations. With a redesigned case made from zirconium, a lustrous silver-grey metal with properties surpassing steel and titanium, the EVO has a totally different attitude from its predecessors. Although the case dimensions have not altered — 44mm x 17.5mm — several features of the case architecture have. The new EVO case design dispenses with the bezel and fuses the domed sapphire crystal directly to the case. Increasing the aperture on the dial offers an even more engaging view of the engine components and the hovering balance wheel, but it also meant that the sapphire crystal had to be reconfigured and then thermally bonded to the zirconium case.
One of the most significant modifications to the MB&F EVO’s robust new design is the incorporation of a screw-down crown — a first for MB&F — safeguarding the new 80m water-resistance of the case. Additionally, with practically the entire QP movement on display, credit goes to Northern Irish watchmaking genius Stephen McDonnell for the highly complex and spectacular mechanical processor and the open-worked sub-dials for the calendar functions. The Perpetual EVO comes in three dial-plate colors, atomic orange, blue and black. Each colorway is limited to only 15 pieces and they are now available for purchase. Despite a price tag of $167,000, it is anticipated that collectors will be scooping these timepieces up in record time.