Lot 2331
  • 2331

MB&F

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250,000 - 400,000 HKD
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Description

  • A FUTURISTIC AND UNUSUAL LIMITED EDITION STAINLESS STEEL, BRASS AND PVD-COATED COMPONENTS ROBOT DESK CLOCK WITH 40-DAY POWER RESERVE, LIMITED TO 99 PIECES
    MELCHIOR "DARK AND LIGHT" EDITION CIRCA 2015
  • stainless steel,brass
  • dimensions: 30.3 x 21.7 x 11.2 cm; weight 6.3 kg
• L’Epée in-house designed and manufactured movement, 17 jewels • jumping hours and sweeping minute on robot's chest, double retrograde seconds indicated by fly back discs mark 20-second intervals behind robot's eyes, 40-day power reserve indication on robot's abdomen • stainless steel, brass and PVD-coated components body and limbs in the shape of robot, with dome glass revealing the regulator posing as head • movement signed MB&F and L’Epée

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a L’Epée guarantee card, MB&F instruction manual, a pair of gloves and outer packaging.

Unveiled in 2015 at BaselWorld, the Melchior is a highly functioning robot-form timepiece that was created in a limited series of 99 pieces. It is the second product in the collaboration between MB&F and L’Epée. Inspired by the theme “a creative adult is a child who survived”, this unique clock is encased in palladium-plated brass, stainless steel, red anodized aluminum and polished glass with functions ranging from sweeping minutes, double retrograde seconds and jumping hours. With no fewer than 480 components and 17 jewels, the L'Epée movement delivers 40 days of power reserve. Founded in 1839, L'Epée has been the forefront of clock-making and specializes in manufacturing high-end clocks comprised of hand-made components.

MB&F developed the concept for this clock with the assistance of designer Xin Wang. The regulator embodies the timepiece’s brain at work; just as the brain dictates the body, the regulator dictates the clock’s phenomenal precision. Under the glass dome are red discs in the eye which are retrograde indicators that jump back to their original position after 20 seconds. A consolidation of revolving discs and fixed vents gives the impression that Melchior is blinking, conveying a sense of human-like personality. The hours and minutes are displayed via discs on Melchior’s chest. Additionally, the left forearm is a detachable winding key which is intended to look like a Gatling gun to blast away the bad guys.

Just like Luke Skywalker’s R2-D2 droids in Star Wars, Melchoir will always be a resourceful and brave robot friend who is always there to save his friends and will satisfy all adults’ hanker for a robot friend.

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