Introducing: MB&F's + L'Epée 1839 Octopod
The latest mechanical novelty from MB&F is the Octopod, a table clock that was put together with help from L'Epée 1839 (who specialize in these types of things).
MB&F is no stranger to aquatic-inspired watches. The HM7 Aquapod looks like a giant jellyfish, after all. But Max Busser and friends have once again turned to the oceans for inspiration and brought a buddy along with them for the dive.
The Octopod has – no surprises here – eight-limbs. More importantly for watch enthusiasts, it also has 468 fine-finished components. Together, it blends contemporary design with kinetic sculpture, with a transparent bubble at the top that houses the watch movement.
The clock was thought-up by MB&F and manufactured in Switzerland by L’Epée 1839. The Octopod can be positioned to stand or crouch, thanks to the articulated movement in the legs.
The brain – the watch movement – looks to be suspended inside the crystal sphere at the top of the clock. What creates this optical illusion is the baseplate of the movement, which is virtually invisble thanks to the antireflective transparent glass.
The Octopod’s eight-day movement is an entirely new development by L’Epée 1839, including a rotating escapement located on the minute hand.
Octopod is available in 3 limited editions of 50 pieces each in black PVD, blue PVD, and palladium (silver). Retail price is AED133,500 (US$36,350).