How to Create a Groundbreaking Watch

The watchmaker Stephen McDonnell spent six years developing the LM Sequential EVO chronograph with MB&F. Here’s the timeline.

On Nov. 10, 2022, members of the watchmaking world filled the plush 1,300-seat Théâtre du Leman in Geneva for the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the industry’s premier annual awards event.

Most of the nominees, dressed in everything from black tie to business casual, were present. But Stephen McDonnell, who designed the LM Sequential EVO chronograph in collaboration with the Swiss independent brand MB&F, knew that his watch was nominated in the chronograph category and had decided he was too nervous to attend.

He hid in his home workshop in Belfast, Northern Ireland, that

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