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MB&F + L'EPEE 1839 Starfleet Explorer With commercial space flight a reality, it's time to upgrade your desk / table clock.

MB&F + L'EPEE 1839 Starfleet Explorer
With commercial space flight a reality, it's time to upgrade your desk / table clock.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin

 

MB&F + L'EPEE 1839 Starfleet Explorer With commercial space flight a reality, it's time to upgrade your desk / table clock.

 

  Six years after the launch of the Starfleet Machine, the first clock co-created by MB&F and L'Epée 1839, a new expedition is underway. The space station returns in 2020, in a more compact size and enhanced with bright colors, accompanied by a fleet of three small spacecraft exploring the universe; it rightfully bears the name of Starfleet Explorer. Designed by MB&F, the Starfleet Explorer is an intergalactic spaceship-styled table clock crafted by L'Epée 1839, the last remaining Swiss manufacture specialized in high-end table clocks. Not only does it display the hours and minutes, it also features an animation in which three spacecraft perform a five-minute orbit of the station. The highly visible, superlatively finished in-house movement boasts an exceptional eight-day power reserve. The mechanism can be manually wound using a double-ended key serving to wind the movement as well as to set the time.

 

MB&F + L'EPEE 1839 Starfleet Explorer With commercial space flight a reality, it's time to upgrade your desk / table clock.

 

Hours and minutes are indicated by means of two discs, along with an aperture and a brightly-colored hand. More specifically, the minutes on a revolving radar dish are read off when they appear through the center of a fixed metal aperture, satin-brushed by hand and anodized, that follows the dome's curved contours.

 

MB&F + L'EPEE 1839 Starfleet Explorer With commercial space flight a reality, it's time to upgrade your desk / table clock.

 

The hours disc placed just below remains motionless. An hour hand – likewise satin-brushed and anodized – indicates the hour by spinning in its place and performing a complete turn around the disc in 12 hours.

 

MB&F + L'EPEE 1839 Starfleet Explorer With commercial space flight a reality, it's time to upgrade your desk / table clock.

 

Starfleet Explorer also features a significantly original new element in the form of three tiny spacecraft, lined up along the same axis at regular intervals and placed inside the actual Starfleet movement, the heart of the mechanism, around which they revolve at a rate of one full turn every five minutes: a space exploration guided by the Mothership.

 

MB&F + L'EPEE 1839 Starfleet Explorer With commercial space flight a reality, it's time to upgrade your desk / table clock.

 

The Starfleet Explorer's movement is placed horizontally, but its escapement is vertically positioned. The impeccably finished stainless stain or palladium-treated brass components (with the exception of the 11 jewels) are designed and manufactured in the L'Epee 1839 Swiss atelier. The gears and mainspring barrel are on full display thanks to the skeletonized mainplate and concentric C-shaped external structure. The Starfleet Explorer can rest on both ends of its vertical landing gear; a useful feature when turning it over to wind the mainspring and set the time. It can also be leant sideways so as to offer a different view of the intergalactic horological station.

 

MB&F + L'EPEE 1839 Starfleet Explorer With commercial space flight a reality, it's time to upgrade your desk / table clock.

 

MB&F's Starfleet Explorer is launched as three limited editions of 99 pieces each in blue, green and red.

 

MB&F + L'EPEE 1839 Starfleet Explorer With commercial space flight a reality, it's time to upgrade your desk / table clock.

 

Manufacturer
MB&F + L'EPEE 1839 Starfleet Explorer With commercial space flight a reality, it's time to upgrade your desk / table clock.

MB&F
271, Rue Saint Honoré
75001 Paris
France

Website: www.MBandF.com

 

 

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