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MB&F + L'Épée 1839

MEDUSA

MB&F + L'Épée 1839

MEDUSA

Medusa is the tenth collaboration between Switzerland’s premier clockmaker, L’Epée 1839 and MB&F. Medusa is a dual-configuration clock, housed in hand-blown Murano glass, that can be ceiling mounted or stood upon a desk.

Medusa comes in three limited editions of 50 pieces, each in a different colour – blue, green and pink – chosen to reflect the natural hues of a jellyfish.

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Description

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The central mass of Medusa is formed by a large transparent dome of hand-blown Murano glass that evokes the bell-shaped body of a mature jellyfish. Two rotating rings, one displaying the hours and the other displaying the minutes, are visible through the dome, and the time is read off a single fixed indicator that extends over the rings. Like a jellyfish glowing in the abyss, Medusa glows in the dark thanks to Super-LumiNova.

A movement beats underneath the time indication, forming the pulsating heart of this mechanical creature. L’Epée went back to the drawing board for Medusa, designing the movement entirely from scratch. Due to the weight of the outer glass shell and its vulnerability to shock damage, it was necessary to build a movement that could be wound one-handed, with the other hand available to stabilise the clock. Additionally, with most of the movement surrounded by glass, access to any winding or setting mechanisms would be limited.


One of the greatest challenges in bringing Medusa to life was finding a glassblower that could fully realise the design. Like most MB&F + L’Epée creations, Medusa was not designed with the current limits of technique in mind. Instead, technique was developed to accommodate its design. The central mass of Medusa is formed by a large transparent dome of hand-blown Murano glass. The glass dome appears light and delicate but has to withstand the weight of a clock movement.

Maintaining optical consistency between the glass dome and tentacles was essential, so the conventional solution of drawing the tentacles out from pre-formed glass rods was not possible. Instead, the tentacles were produced from the same glass bulk as the dome and individually hand drawn to identical shapes and widths, which requires considerable experience and skill. Out of the 40 companies that L’Epée 1839 approached, only one Murano glassblower was able to accomplish the task.

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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.

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BODY / FRAME

Dome/tentacles: Murano hand-blown glass
Movement and standing base: stainless steel and brass Indexes with Super-LumiNova

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ENGINE

L’Epée suspended movement, designed and manufactured in-house.
Power reserve: 7 days
Balance frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 bph
155 components and 23 jewels
Incabloc shock protection system

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DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

Hanging position: 286 mm tall x 250 mm diameter
Standing position: 323 mm tall x 250 mm diameter
Weight: approximately 6kg (the exact weight of the hand-blown glass dome varies)

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WINDING KEY

Integrated winding key to both set the time and wind the movement (propeller at the bottom of the movement).

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DUAL CONFIGURATION

Medusa can be set on any flat surface thanks to a special steel frame with curved legs. When hung from the ceiling, Medusa can be further decorated with its hand-blown Murano glass tentacles, which hook onto the movement.

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