MB&F has once again teamed up with L’Epée 1839 to present a unique table clock called Octopod.
The authors of the marine-themed watches took inspiration from images of cephalopod mollusks, ship chronometers and the 1989 film “The Abyss” directed by James Cameron.
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Anything called “octo-something” obviously has to have something in the number of eight pieces, and MB&F + L’Epée Octopod has eight stand legs. On them there is a transparent dome, through which you can perfectly see the whole mechanism.
The design of the “legs” is movable: by removing the lock, you can independently bend or straighten each of the eight pieces and adjust its height, which can be extremely useful if you need to put the man-made “Octopus” on an uneven surface. The transparent dome that protects the mechanism is mounted on a movable axis in the same way that traditional ship’s chronometers are mounted on two axes. So it is not only the look that is deeply influenced by nautical and underwater motifs, but also the mechanics of the unusual piece.
The alien or spider-like Octopod is powered by the latest eight-day tourbillon movement made by L’Epée 1839, positioned vertically. The rotating escapement, which is responsible for the accuracy of the watch, is attached to the minute hand, meaning it makes a complete revolution around its axis in sixty minutes. If you don’t look closely, it might seem as if the mechanism is suspended inside a glass dome. The magic is made possible by an innovative base made of transparent glass with an anti-reflective coating that makes it almost invisible.
Hopefully, this is not the last time that L’Epée 1839 brings to life MB&F’s ethereal idea. The last time their collaboration that gave birth to Destination Moon turned out to be a great success. Just as then, MB&F + L’Epée 1839 Octopod is released in a limited edition of 150 pieces – 50 each in three colors: black, blue and palladium-silver. The cost of the model in any of the colors is $36,000.
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