L'EPEE 1839 x MB&F: ORB

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L'EPEE 1839 x MB&F: ORB

Dec 14, 2021

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At first glance, the Orb looks like a futuristic model of an eye with its perfectly formed shiny sphere, and its dial taking the place of the iris and the pupil. But nothing is ever quite what it seems with the collaborative clocks of L’Epée 1839 × MB&F.

The minimalistic structure is composed of four elytra (that’s the technical word for a beetle’s protective wing covers) that not only open up, but can also swivel like a transformer to display the Orb in a variety of different positions. Placed on its saucer so it doesn’t roll away, it can be displayed completely closed or with one, two or three opened elytra. Alternatively, opening all four elytra allows to display the clock without the saucer.


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OVERVIEW​

At first glance, the Orb looks like a futuristic model of an eye with its perfectly formed shiny sphere, and its dial taking the place of the iris and the pupil. But nothing is ever quite what it seems with the collaborative clocks of L’Epée 1839 × MB&F.

The minimalistic structure is composed of four elytra (that’s the technical word for a beetle’s protective wing covers) that not only open up, but can also swivel like a transformer to display the Orb in a variety of different positions. Placed on its saucer so it doesn’t roll away, it can be displayed completely closed or with one, two or three opened elytra. Alternatively, opening all four elytra allows to display the clock without the saucer.

Powering this state-of-the-art clock is a beautiful L’Epée 1839 hour-striking movement with an eight-day power reserve. There are two barrels, one for the time and the other for the striking of the hours, wound separately. The hour mechanism doesn’t just chime the passage of the hour, but indicates the actual hour, like a church clock. This function can be repeated on demand or turned on and off.

Available in white or black with its hourly striking mechanism, the Orb is a beautiful reminder of the passage of time.

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THE MACHINE​

FUNCTIONS & INDICATIONS​

  • Striking hour, indicating the actual hour like a church clock; can be repeated on demand via a button on the side of the clock, or turned on and off if required.

ENGINE​

  • L’Epée 1839 in-house designed and manufactured movement
  • Power reserve: 8 days
  • Balance frequency: 2.5Hz / 18,000bph
  • 300 components and 17 jewels
  • Manual-winding: double-depth square socket key sets time and winds movement

BODY​

  • Materials: clockwork in palladium-plated brass and stainless steel
  • 4 Elytra in aluminium covered with lacquer

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT​

  • Closed:
  • Height: approx. 17cm
  • Diameter: approx. 17cm
  • Opened (full opening):
  • Height: approx. 24cm
  • Diameter: approx. 30cm
  • Weight: 1.9kg
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FOUR ELYTRA​

The four elytra are soldered to the structure with torque hinges so they can retain their angle however little or wide they are opened. When closed, the elytra are held in place with four tiny magnets on the interior of each tip to keep the shape of a perfect sphere.

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STRIKING HOUR​

The hour mechanism doesn’t just chime the passage of the hour, but indicates the actual hour, like a church clock. This function can also be repeated on demand via a button on the side of the clock, or turned on and off if required.

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IN-HOUSE MOVEMENT​

Orb is powered by a mechanical movement completely designed and produced in-house by L’Epée 1839, finished to the highest standards of traditional Swiss clockmaking.

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INSPIRATION​

The idea behind the Orb is the brainchild of German designer Maximilian Maertens, who started his artistic career at MB&F as an intern before setting up his own design studio in Berlin. Maertens worked with MB&F and L’Epée on the T-Rex clock, before being given free rein to create the TriPod and now the Orb.

“Max (Maertens) is a natural born creator – something incredibly rare these days. His mind travels and explores his own universe before transforming that thought wandering process into a 3D idea. Our differences enrich the creative process whilst our similarities allow for both of us to understand each other”, says Maximilian Büsser, founder and creative director of MB&F.

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L'EPEE 1839 x MB&F: ORB_SHORT VERSION​

Aug 5, 2022

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At first glance, the Orb looks like a futuristic model of an eye with its perfectly formed shiny sphere, and its dial taking the place of the iris and the pupil. But nothing is ever quite what it seems with the collaborative clocks of L’Epée 1839 × MB&F.

The minimalistic structure is composed of four elytra (that’s the technical word for a beetle’s protective wing covers) that not only open up, but can also swivel like a transformer to display the Orb in a variety of different positions. Placed on its saucer so it doesn’t roll away, it can be displayed completely closed or with one, two or three opened elytra. Alternatively, opening all four elytra allows to display the clock without the saucer.







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L'EPEE 1839 x MB&F: MEDUSA_SHORT VERSION​


Aug 5, 2022

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Medusa is a dual-configuration clock, housed in hand-blown Murano glass, that can be ceiling mounted or stood upon a desk. In the form of one of the most compelling yet mysterious creatures of the sea, Medusa blends exceptional artisanal skill with Swiss horological precision, and introduces new frontiers in both.



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One of the greatest challenges in bringing Medusa to life was finding a glassblower that could fully realise the design. Like most MB&F + L’Épée creations, Medusa was not designed with the current limits of technique in mind. Instead, technique was developed to accommodate its design. The central mass of Medusa is formed by a large transparent dome of hand-blown Murano glass. The glass dome appears light and delicate but has to withstand the weight of a clock movement.

Maintaining optical consistency between the glass dome and tentacles was essential, so the conventional solution of drawing the tentacles out from pre-formed glass rods was not possible. Instead, the tentacles were produced from the same glass bulk as the dome and individually hand drawn to identical shapes and widths, which requires considerable experience and skill. Out of the 40 companies that L’Épée 1839 approached, only one Murano glassblower was able to accomplish the task.

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