MB&F have released their LM Perpetual EVO using a very unique material—zirconium. The silvery-grey metal is known for its propensity to spontaneously ignite in powder form, but it’s also a material that is lighter than steel and more durable than titanium. The LM Perpetual EVO case is made of the material and should appeal to those who need a watch with hypoallergenic and anti-microbial needs.
The EVO’s case measures 44mm and a bezel-less construction with a domed sapphire crystal that has been fused directly to the case. The strength of the zirconium and this fused design no doubt contribute to the EVO having a water resistance rating of 80 meters. The watch also features a “FlexRing” annular dampener that has been fitted to go between the case and the movement.
The FlexRing improves the shock resistance significantly. As for the movement, independent watchmaker Stephen McDonnel worked in cooperation with the watchmaker to build an entirely new movement from scratch. The movement was designed to showcase the more visually pleasing aspects on the dial side—aspects that include the suspended balance. The movement is manually wound and consists of 581 different parts.
The calendar is also unique on the Perpetual EVO. Rather than employing the normal 31-day month as the default, the EVO uses a 28-day month. Traditional watches will fast forward through the extra days on shorter months, but the EVO adds extra days as needed. This design may seem odd, but it has the benefit of preventing jammed gears, which can happen with the traditional 31-day calendars.
The watch also features three subdials. At 3 o’clock the subdial is for the days of the week while at 6 o’clock you’ll find the month. Finally, the date is located at 9 o’clock. You’ll also find a 72-hour power reserve indicator at 4 o’clock and an indicator for leap year at 7 o’clock.
The LM Perpetual EVO is being offered in three colour combos for the dial—atomic orange, blue, and black. They all come on rubber straps with titanium clasps and are priced at $167,000.