MB&F - STARFLEET EXPLORER MB&F x L'EPEE 1839
- TypeDesign & Furniture
- Country VATCH
- Year of manufacture2020
MB&F + L'ÉPÉE 1839
Six years after the launch of the Starfleet Machine, the first clock co-created by MB&F and L'Épée 1839, the horological space station returns in 2020. It comes back in a more compact size and enhanced with bright colours, accompanied by a fleet of three small spacecraft exploring the universe; it rightfully bears the name of Starfleet Explorer.
Designed by MB&F, Starfeet Explorer is an intergalactic spaceship-cum-table clock crafted by L’Épée 1839. Not only does it display the hours and minutes, it also features an animation in which three spacecraft perform a five-minute orbit of the station: a space exploration guided by the mothership. The highly visible, superlatively finished in-house movement boasts an exceptional eight-day power reserve. The mechanism can be manually wound using a key serving to both wind the movement and set the time.
Limited edition of 99 pieces in each colour.
Minutes are indicated on a revolving disc, read off when they appear through the centre of a fixed metal aperture. The hours ring placed just below remains motionless; a hand indicates the hour by spinning in its place and performing a complete turn around the ring in 12 hours.
Starfleet Explorer also features an original new element in the form of three tiny spacecraft, lined up along the same axis at regular intervals and placed around the movement, the heart of the mechanism: they revolve continuously at a rate of one full turn every five minutes. A space exploration guided by the mothership.
The Starfleet Explorer’s movement is placed horizontally, but its escapement is vertically positioned. The impeccably finished stainless steel or palladium-treated brass components (with the exception of the 11 jewels) are designed and manufactured in the workshops of L’Epee 1839. The gears and mainspring barrel are on full display thanks to the skeletonised mainplate and concentric C-shaped external structure. The Starfleet Explorer can rest on both ends of its vertical landing gear; a useful feature when turning it over to wind the mainspring and set the time. It can also be leant sideways so as to offer a different view of the intergalactic horological station.
Dedicated to making high-end clocks, L'Epée has been a prominent Swiss Manufacture for over 180 years. Founded in 1839 by Auguste L’Epée in France’s Besançon region, the company originally focused on producing music boxes and watch components. The brand was synonymous at the time with entirely hand-made pieces.
From 1850 onwards, the Manufacture became a leading light in the production of ‘platform’ escapements, creating regulators especially for alarm and table clocks, as well as musical watches. It became a well-known specialist owning a large number of patents on exceptional escapements and the chief supplier of escapements to several celebrated watchmakers of the day. L'Epée has won a number of gold awards at international exhibitions.
L'Epée 1839 is now based in Delémont in the Swiss Jura Mountains. Under the impetus of its CEO Arnaud Nicolas, it has developed an exceptional table clock collection, encompassing a full range of sophisticated clocks. All models are designed and manufactured in-house. Their technical prowess, combination of form and function, very long power reserves and remarkable finishes have become signature features of the brand.
Limited edition :99 pieces per colour
Movement :Cal. 1855 MHD
In houseFunctions :Hours and minutes / Double-ended key to set time and wind the movement / Animation in which three spacecrafts perform a five-minute orbit of the station
Power Reserve :8 days
Dimensions :11 cm high x 16,5 cm diameter / 2 kg
Materials : Stainless steel for the main structure / Hand-lacquered polymer for the three spacecrafts
Optional : Luxury carbone fiber box