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MB&F + L'Épée 1839

Destination Moon

Conceived by MB&F and manufactured by L’Epée 1839, Switzerland's premier clock maker, Destination Moon is the quintessential torpedo-shaped rocket of childhood dreams. But look more closely and you will see that its minimalistic form is evocative rather than definitive.

Hours and minutes are displayed on large-diameter stainless steel discs with stamped numerals. While the legibility of the time display is not in question, focusing on the time rather than the spectacular, vertically-structured, open movement is likely to require deep concentration.

Destination Moon was previously crafted in limited editions of 50 pieces each in black, blue, green or palladium - and now a fifth edition in red!

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Description

The vertical architecture of L’Epée 1839's eight-day movement was developed specifically for Destination Moon and follows the basic principles of a real spaceship. The power comes from the oversized winding crown in its base and the control systems are above the power source: Destination Moon has a vertical regulator underneath the time display, as well as a time-setting knob at the top of the movement. The regulator with its animated balance is protected from cosmic radiation (and curious fingers) by a panel of virtually invisible mineral glass.

And then there's Neil: a smile-inducing, space-suited figurine forged in solid silver and stainless steel, magnetically attached to the ladder connecting the crown to the movement. Neil imparts a childlike sense of wonder by putting man into the machine.

The Creator

L'Epée 1839

Dedicated to making high-end clocks, L'Epée has been a prominent Manufacture for over 180 years. Founded in 1839 by Auguste L’Epée in France’s Besançon region, the company originally focused on producing music boxes and watch components. The brand was synonymous at the time with entirely hand-made pieces.

From 1850 onwards, the Manufacture became a leading light in the production of ‘platform’ escapements, creating regulators especially for alarm and table clocks, as well as musical watches. It became a well-known specialist owning a large number of patents on exceptional escapements and the chief supplier of escapements to several celebrated watchmakers of the day. L'Epée has won a number of gold awards at international exhibitions.

L'Epée 1839 is now based in Delémont in the Swiss Jura Mountains. Under the impetus of its CEO Arnaud Nicolas, it has developed an exceptional table clock collection, encompassing a full range of sophisticated clocks. All models are designed and manufactured in-house. Their technical prowess, combination of form and function, very long power reserves and remarkable finishes have become signature features of the brand.

Dedicated to making high-end clocks, L'Epée has been a prominent Manufacture for over 180 years. Founded in 1839 by Auguste L’Epée in France’s Besançon region, the company originally focused on producing music boxes and watch components. The brand was synonymous at the time with entirely hand-made pieces.

From 1850 onwards, the Manufacture became a leading light in the production of ‘platform’ escapements, creating regulators especially for alarm and table clocks, as well as musical watches. It became a well-known specialist owning a large number of patents on exceptional escapements and the chief supplier of escapements to several celebrated watchmakers of the day. L'Epée has won a number of gold awards at international exhibitions.

L'Epée 1839 is now based in Delémont in the Swiss Jura Mountains. Under the impetus of its CEO Arnaud Nicolas, it has developed an exceptional table clock collection, encompassing a full range of sophisticated clocks. All models are designed and manufactured in-house. Their technical prowess, combination of form and function, very long power reserves and remarkable finishes have become signature features of the brand.

Specifications

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DISPLAY

Hours and minutes on two revolving stainless steel discs

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ENGINE

In-house movement designed and manufactured by L'Epée 1839
Balance frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 bph
164 components / 17 jewels
Manual-winding / 8 days power reserve

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NEIL

Astronaut figurine: solid polished silver with stainless steel helmet, magnetic

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DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

Height: 41.4 cm
Diameter at base: 23.3 cm
Weight: approx. 4.0 kg

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LANDING PODS

Landing pods in palladium-plated brass, with PVD coating for the blue, green and black editions, or anodized aluminium for the red edition

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WINDING

Manual winding by rotating the propulsion wheel at the base of the rocket
Power reserve: 8 days

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MATERIALS

Body in palladium-plated brass, stainless steel and nickel-plated stainless steel

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