Baselworld 2014 saw MB&F unveil one of its most striking timekeepers yet, the Starfleet Machine clock. Inspired by sci-fi like the rest of MB&F’s creations, the Starfleet Machine is a 40-day power reserve table clock made by high-end clockmaker L’Epee 1839.
Standing 21 cm high and 29 cm wide, the Starfleet Machine is a miniaturised, desktop version of the starship from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which also provided inspiration for Vianney Halter’s Deep Space Tourbillon of 2013. The entire clock is made by L’Epee 1839, a clockmaker that began in France but is now based in the Swiss Jura mountains.
Wound with a key, the Starfleet Machine has five barrels giving it a 40-day power reserve. Time is indicated by rotating hands on the central dome, while the seconds are shown on a pair of 20-second retrograde hands shaped like cannons. There is also a power reserve indicator just beside the satellite dish.
|The time display with the power reserve behind|
Two versions are available, the “light” model in steel, and the “dark” version in ruthenium coated steel. Each clock will be delivered with a clear glass dome for protection from the elements (and people).
Only 175 will be made and the retail price is 28,000 Swiss francs before taxes, equivalent to US$30,900. That is not a small sum of money, but as such things go this is reasonably priced. The clocks are available from MB&F retailers.Back to top.