MB&F and premier clock maker, L’Epée 1839 has over the past 10 years created some great art and craftsmanship themed clocks, including several Robots , Destination Moon Rocket Ship , Aquapod themed timepieces.
At SIHH 2019 MB&F released their latest creation “MEDUSA” a solid timepiece and this one takes inspiration from the hypnotic mien of a mature jellyfish. Medusa glows in the dark thanks to Super-LumiNova. A 2.5Hz (18,000vph) movement beats underneath the time indication, forming the pulsating heart of this mechanical creature.
The movement is very different from their earlier timepieces and for the “MEDUSA” L’Epée 1839 combined the winding and setting systems . A single propeller element, which projects from the bottom of the movement for easy access, is rotated anticlockwise to wind the movement and clockwise to set the time. Whether in its ceiling-mounted or stand-mounded configuration, Medusa is easily and intuitively wound and set.
To achieve the best possible aesthetic result, the dome and tentacles had to be crafted from the same glass, which would give them the same optical qualities. To get the required skill to produce by hand a set of consistent glass tentacles L’Epée approached 40 well-established glassblowers to produce Medusa, out of which only four agreed to even attempt the challenge. Only one succeeded.
The Medusa can use its stainless steel legs to operate as a desk clock, but also has Murano glass tentacles for those who want to hang it and achieve a jellyfish effect.
Price: @ $26,000 Medusa comes in three limited editions of 50 pieces, each in a different colour.