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MB&F + L'Épée 1839

ORB

At first glance, the Orb looks like a futuristic model of an eye with its perfectly formed shiny sphere, and its dial taking the place of the iris and the pupil. But nothing is ever quite what it seems with the collaborative clocks of MB&F x L’Epée 1839.

The minimalistic structure is composed of four elytra that not only open up, showcasing the striking hour movement inside, but can also swivel like a transformer to display the Orb in a variety of different positions.

Orb is limited to 50 pieces in white and 50 pieces in black.


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Description

ORB

The possibilities of displaying the ORB are multiple. Placed on its saucer so it doesn’t roll away, it can be displayed completely closed or with one, two or three opened elytra. Alternatively, opening all four elytra allows to display the clock without the saucer.

Orb starts life as a solid block of aluminium that is then hollowed to create the perfect sphere. Once cut, the elytra are then coated with several layers of lacquer that are hardened in a kiln to create the brilliant finish. The four elytra are soldered to the structure with torque hinges so they can retain their angle however little or wide they are opened. When closed, the elytra are held in place with four tiny magnets on the interior of each tip to keep the shape of a perfect sphere.

Powering this state-of-the-art clock is a beautiful L’Epée 1839 hour-striking movement with an eight-day power reserve. There are two barrels, one for the time and the other for the striking of the hours, wound separately. The hour mechanism doesn’t just chime the passage of the hour, but indicates the actual hour, like a church clock. This function can be repeated on demand or turned on and off.

This new hour-striking development is based on a similar mechanism used in L’Epée 1839’s historic carriage clocks. In France, these are known as “Officer’s clocks” as legend has it that when Napoleon almost lost a battle because one of his officers was late, he ordered all of his military chiefs to carry a carriage clock with them at all times.

ORB

The Creator

L'ÉPÉE 1839

Dedicated to making high-end clocks, L'Epée has been a prominent Swiss 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 Swiss 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;
Striking hour, indicating the actual hour like a church clock; can be repeated on demand via a button on the side of the clock, or turned on and off if required.

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ENGINE

L’Epée 1839 in-house designed and manufactured movement;
Incabloc shock protection system;
Power reserve: 8 days;
Balance frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 bph;
300 components and 17 jewels.



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WINDING

Manual-winding: double-depth square socket key sets time, winds movement, and winds striking mechanism.


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BODY / FRAME

Clockwork in palladium-plated brass and stainless steel;
Elytras in aluminium and covered with handmade lacquer;
165 components.

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DIMENSIONS

Closed:
Height: approx.17cm;
Diameter: approx.17cm.
Opened (complete opening):
Height: approx. 24cm;
Diameter: approx. 30cm.


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EDITION

Limited editions of 50 pieces each in black or white.

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WEIGHT

Approximately 1.9 kg.

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STRIKING HOUR

Indicating the actual hour like a church clock; can be repeated on demand via a button on the side of the clock, or turned on and off if required.

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