One might say Max Busser of MB&F has become obsessed with the seas. A lover of all things space age, Busser is the genius behind some of the most incredible watches we have seen on the market to date — including pieces with aliens inside and spaceship-like designs. Now, however, MB&F has reached deeper depths. You may recall a few months ago we brought you news of the all-new MB&F HM7 Aquapod watch, lovingly referred to as the Jellyfish, which made its debut at SIHH in January. Now MB&F unveils the Octopod luxury desktop clock.
Conceived of by MB&F and developed by L’Epee 1839 clockmakers, the MB&F Octopod is a perfect play on the octopus with eight legs and an eight-day clock inspired by marine chronometers. Each MB&F Octopod clock has a kinetic design so that each of the eight legs moves to adjustable heights. Atop of those eight legs, the horological center sphere that is the clock is attached to the octopus body using a gimbal – much the same as those used to affix a marine chronometer into its base for use on ships. That single-axis gimbal enables the head of the octopus to move, so that wherever the clock sits, the head can be rotated into proper position to display the time.
That entire head sphere is created using sapphire crystal and is totally transparent. Within it, one can view the all-new eight-day movement of the clock. On the minute hand, L’Epee 1839 has placed the pulsating escapement so that – in addition to the regulators rotation, it also completely revolves around the dial every 60 minutes. The clockwork’s baseplate is a transparent glass plate treated with anti-reflective coating on both sides to make it look almost invisible – giving the effect of the mechanism as floating in air – or in this case – water.
The Octopod is being created in three versions and just 50 pieces of each will be made. One is in palladium, another in black PVD, and the third – my favorite – is in blue PVD. Each retails for just about $36,000.
This project is not the first time that MB&F and L’Epee 1839 have teamed up. The two companies worked together on the Starfleet Machine, the Arachnophobia three robot clocks: Melchior, Sherman and Balthazar. For the Octopod, the biggest challenge L’Epee faced was finding the right supplier for the glass baseplate who could also manage the diamond-drilled holes. The other challenge was in developing the counterweights for the regulator-bearing minute hand. As always, L’Epee 1839 rose to the challenge.
Technical Specs of the MB&F Octopod Clock
Octopod is available in 3 versions, each in a limited edition of 50 pieces: black PVD, blue PVD, palladium.
INDICATIONS AND COMPLICATIONS
Hours, minutes and finely counter-balanced regulator mounted on minute hand
Dimensions: 28 cm long × 28 cm high (standing), 45 cm long × 22 cm high (crouching)
Weight: 4.2 kg Frame: Stainless steel, nickel and palladium plated brass
Components (body, legs and sphere): 309
8 legs each composed of 31 pieces
Articulation released by a button in each leg, can be locked in two positions (standing or extended)
360° rotation in both vertical and horizontal planes with 3 sandblasted and satin-finished brass rings. Two Polycarbonate hemispheres joined by a satin-finished three-piece band
L’Epée in-house designed and manufactured
Baseplate in transparent mineral glass, anti-reflective coating both sides
Balance frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 bph
Power reserve: 8 days from single barrel
Incabloc shock protection system protected by mineral glass
Materials: palladium-plated brass, stainless steel and nickel-plated brass
Manual-winding: the double-depth square socket key sets time and winds movement
VIDEO: You can watch a video of the clock and its making HERE.