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The MB&F Machines Made For The Desk
A leader in avant-garde independent watchmaking, MB&F is best known for its sculptural wristwatches inspired by sci-fi films. But the watchmaker has since expanded its repertoire to include mechanical objects in similarly radical forms, like the Starfleet
Shaped like a giant spider, the Arachnophobia is the latest product of the fruitful partnership between MB&F and clockmaker L’Epee 1839. The Arachnophobia stands on eight spindly legs – and it can also be mounted on a wall – with its body containing a key-wound mechanical movement with an eight-day power reserve. Available with either a matte black or polished gilt finish, the Arachnophobia is the first MB&F clock that is part of the regular collection.
The Melchior table clock comes from the three-way collaboration between MB&F, L’Epee 1839 and Swiss-based Chinese designer Xin Wang. Shaped like a robot, Melchior tells the time via discs mounted on its chest. A pair of retrograde seconds indicators form the eyes of the robot, while the regulating organ of the movement is under a glass dome on Melchior’s head. And its gun-shaped left forearm is actually a removable key to wind the movement, which will run for 40 days when fully wound. Only 99 were made.
The largest MB&F clock to date, the Starfleet Machine is 29mm wide, a miniature rendering of the spacecraft from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Also manufactured by Swiss clockmaker L’Epee 1839, the Starfleet Machine tells the time via hands, with two laser cannons that are actually the seconds hands. And located just beside the satellite dish is the power reserve indicator – on a full wind the clock will run for 40 days. The Starfleet Machine is a limited edition of 175 pieces.
A homage to the starship Enterprise, the MusicMachine 2 is designed by MB&F and manufactured by Reuge, a 150-year old Swiss music box maker. Two music cylinders, each playing three tunes, are shaped like the engines of the spacecraft, sitting just under the wing. They play tunes ranging from “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin to Darth Vader’s “Imperial March”. Sound is transmitted from the cylinders down the carbon fibre bar to the circular soundboard below that amplifies the music. Only 99 of the MusicMachine 2 were made.
Obviously inspired by the TIE fighter from Star Wars, the MusicMachine 3 is a music box that plays tunes from some of the greatest films of the late 20th century, including The Godfather and Star Wars. Made by Swiss music box specialist Reuge, The music cylinders on each side of the central pod each contain three tunes, with the web-like wings transmitting the sound to the hollow wooden base that acts as an amplifier. Each cylinder is wound via a key at its end, shaped like a jet thruster. It’s a limited edition of 99 pieces.