There is a bit of Rick Astley in everything MB&F does – “they never gonna give up” on trying to connect with our relatives who live in far far away galaxies. As a way perhaps to reach out to MB&F enthusiasts in outer space, the watchmaker recently introduced a new piece made in collaboration with the premier Swiss clock manufacturer L’Epée 1839 – the MB&F Destination Moon Clock By L’Epée 1839. Modeled after Apollo rockets of the 1960s, it is an idea conceived by MB&F and built by L’Epée with a minimalist design and powered by an open movement.
With a design as unique as they come, it features hours and minutes displays inside the hollowed cylinder on rotating stainless steel discs with stamped numerals. Following the same principles of a rocket’s power generator, Destination Moon has its winding crowns in its base. L’Epée 1839 also borrowed the management and system control ideas from rockets, which are located above the power source. Here, the regulator and the time-setting knob are located at the top of the movement. The regulator comes with its own decorations that include an animated balance sheltered by an almost undetectable thin mineral glass cover.
Looks can be deceiving, it definitely applies to the skeletonized Destination Moon. This timepiece weighs about 9 pounds, mainly because of its solid landing pods – there to make sure it doesn’t get knocked over. There is one hint that gives this is definitely a miniature version of Apollo 11, the smiling ship commander of Destination Moon, Neil – a small figurine space-suited and moon-booted, made from solid silver and stainless steel. Magnetically attached, it can be moved up and down along the ladder.
The MB&F Destination Moon Clock By L’Epée 1839 is available in 4 limited editions of 50 pieces each with landing pods in black, green, and blue PVD, and palladium (silver). The satin-finished stainless steel frame measures 41.4cm H x 23.3cm D. The L’Epée 1839 manual winding movement offer a balance frequency of 2.5 HZ and 8 days of power reserve from a single barrel. All versions are set to retail for CHF 19,900 (about $20,000).