Shopping Cart

Your cart is currently empty. Continue Shopping

MB&F + L'Épée 1839

OCTOPOD

Octopod continues MB&F's exploration of aquatic themes with an eight-leg, eight-day clock inspired by cephalopods, marine chronometers and The Abyss – blending contemporary design with kinetic sculpture and a transparent sphere filled with precision horology.

Conceived by MB&F and built by L’Épée 1839, Octopod stands or crouches thanks to its eight articulated legs.

Limited edition of 50 pieces in each color. 

In stock

Availability: In Stock

In stock

Availability: In Stock

Wait list

Availability: Sold out

38‘000 CHF

Any questions ? Contact us

Description

OCTOPOD

The real horological magic and mystery take place in Octopod's completely transparent spherical 'head'.

The first thing to notice is that Octopod's transparent sphere is gimballed in a similar way to how traditional ship chronometers were gimballed – although on one axis rather than two – so that they remained flat despite the pitching and rolling of the ship. In Octopod's case, the gimbal ensures that no matter what angle or height it sits, it is easy to rotate the bubble so that the time display inside is at the ideal plane for maximum legibility.

The second thing the attentive eye will notice is that Octopod's pulsating escapement, which regulates the clock's precision, is located on its minute hand rather than the more usual (and mechanically simpler) position attached to stationary movement plates. 

While not technically a tourbillon according to Abraham-Louis Breguet's original patent, with its movement vertical, the 60-minute rotation of Octopod's regulator on the minute hand is closer to the primary aim of Breguet's invention.

His intention was to rotate the escapement of a pocket watch sitting vertically in a fob pocket to average out positional errors, while wristwatch tourbillons are continually moving through all positions without requiring 360° rotations.

And thirdly there's the mystery of how Octopod's clockwork is suspended inside its crystalline sphere, so that it appears to be floating in space (or water). The baseplate of the movement is a transparent glass plate that has been treated with a film of anti-reflective coating on both sides so that it is virtually invisible.


OCTOPOD

The Creator

L'ÉPÉE 1839

Dedicated to making high-end clocks, L'Epée has been a prominent Swiss Manufacture for almost 180 years. It is a. 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 Swiss Manufacture for almost 180 years. It is a. 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

icon

DISPLAY

Hours, minutes and finely counter-balanced regulator mounted on minutes hand.

icon

BODY

Frame Stainless steel, nickel and palladium plated brass.
309 components (body, legs and sphere).

icon

ENGINE

L’Épée in-house designed and manufactured movement.
Balance frequency: 2.5Hz / 18,000bph.
159 components / 19 jewels.
Manual-winding.
Power reserve: 8 days.

icon

LEGS

8 legs each composed of 31 pieces.
Articulation released by a button in each leg, can be locked in two positions (standing or extended).

icon

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

Size: L: 28 cm x H: 28 cm (standing) / L: 45 cm x H: 22 cm (crouching).
Weight: 4.2 kg.

icon

SPHERE

Two polycarbonate hemispheres 360° rotation in both vertical and horizontal planes.

MB&F + L'Épée 1839

OCTOPOD

Display cart

Join Waitlist

Enter your address below...

MB&F + L'Épée 1839 - OCTOPOD

Related products

Stay tuned

Subscribe to our newsletter

No spam ever. Your email address will only ever be used for our newsletters.
For more information on the use of your data read our Privacy Notice.

TOP

This site uses cookies to help us customise your experience. Learn more about our Cookie Notice.