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MB&F + L'Épée 1839

Arachnophobia

MB&F + L'Épée 1839

Arachnophobia

A spider-cum-table-clock-cum-wall-clock.
Designed by MB&F and manufactured by L’Epée 1839, Arachnophobia is not only an eye-catching three-dimensional sculpture but also an impeccably finished table (and wall) clock that tells the time using two hands supported by eight legs.
Arachnophobia is available in two colours, yellow gold and black, which required two different metals for the legs. The gold-coloured edition features gilded brass legs, while the black version’s legs are made of injection-moulded aluminium, which is hand-finished and lacquered black.

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Description

Arachnophobia

The hours and minutes are read on a high dome representing the spider's body, with rotating curved hands indicating hours and minutes on a polished, central dome featuring MB&F’s signature numerals.

The movement’s regulating organ features an Incabloc shock protection system, which minimises the risk of damage when the clock is being transported. This type of shock protection is generally only seen in wristwatches. The index mechanism for fine-tuning the timing, along with the other components of this all-important high-precision subassembly, are clearly visible on the head.

Attached to the abdomen are eight legs articulated where they join the body by ball-and-socket joints. The legs can be rotated so that Arachnophobia can stand tall or splayed flat. The front legs can also be made to go flat while the six others maintain the standing position.


Arachnophobia was inspired by Maman (mother in French), a giant spider sculpture created by Louise Bourgeois (1911 2010) in bronze, stainless steel, and marble. Measuring 9.27 x 8.91 x 10.24 metres (more than 30 x 33 feet), the monumental sculpture has been installed in a variety of locations around the world.

MB&F developed the highly unusual concept with L’Epée 1839, selecting a high-end L’Epée clock movement and re-imagining it as the mechanical head and torso of a spider.

The body is outfitted with a black dome with white numerals depicting the hours and minutes.
The araneae’s self-sufficiency is to be admired: the finely-finished, highly-visible movement boasts a power reserve of eight days.


Arachnophobia

The Creator

L'EPÉE 1839

For over 175 years, L'Epée has been at the forefront of watch and clock making. Today, it is the unique specialised manufacture in Switzerland dedicated to making high-end clocks.

L'Epée was founded in 1839, initially to make music box and watch components, by Auguste L’Epée who set up the business near Besançon, France. L'Epée is now based in Delémont in the Swiss Jura Mountains. Under the guidance of CEO Arnaud Nicolas, L’Epée 1839 has developed an exceptional table clock collection, encompassing a range of sophisticated classic carriage clocks, contemporary design clocks (Le Duel) and avant-garde, minimalist clocks (La Tour). Complications include retrograde seconds, power reserve indicators, perpetual calendars, tourbillons and striking mechanisms – all designed and manufactured in-house. Ultra-long power reserves have become a signature of the brand.

For over 175 years, L'Epée has been at the forefront of watch and clock making. Today, it is the unique specialised manufacture in Switzerland dedicated to making high-end clocks.

L'Epée was founded in 1839, initially to make music box and watch components, by Auguste L’Epée who set up the business near Besançon, France. L'Epée is now based in Delémont in the Swiss Jura Mountains. Under the guidance of CEO Arnaud Nicolas, L’Epée 1839 has developed an exceptional table clock collection, encompassing a range of sophisticated classic carriage clocks, contemporary design clocks (Le Duel) and avant-garde, minimalist clocks (La Tour). Complications include retrograde seconds, power reserve indicators, perpetual calendars, tourbillons and striking mechanisms – all designed and manufactured in-house. Ultra-long power reserves have become a signature of the brand.

Specifications

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DISPLAY

Hours and minutes: curved hands rotate to indicate hours and minutes on a polished, central dome featuring MB&F’s signature numerals.

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BODY

Mechanism in palladium-plated brass or gold-plated brass

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ENGINE

L’Epée designed and manufactured movement
Balance frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 bph
218 components / 11 jewels
Manual-winding / 8 days power reserve

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DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

Size: Height (legs extended) 203 mm ; clock diameter (legs flat) 405 mm; movement dimensions 75.3 x 134.9 x 63.8 mm)
Weight: gold-plated version 1.96 kg; black version 0.98 kg

MB&F + L'Épée 1839

Arachnophobia

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