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MB&F + L'ÉPÉE 1839

OCTOPOD

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’Epée 1839, Octopod stands or crouches thanks to its eight articulated legs.

Octopod is available in 3 limited editions of 50 pieces each in black PVD, blue PVD, and palladium (silver).

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

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BODY

Frame Stainless steel, nickel and palladium plated brass
Components (body, legs and sphere): 309

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ENGINE

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

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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)

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DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

Size: 28 cm long x 28 cm high (standing); 45 cm long x 22 cm high (crouching)
Weight: 4.2 kg

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SPHERE

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

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OCTOPOD

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