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MB&F x L'Épée x Massena LAB

T-Rex Bronze

MB&F x L'Épée x Massena LAB

T-Rex Bronze

Massena LAB, the collaboration studio founded by watch industry veteran Wiliam Massena, has teamed up with horological concept laboratory MB&F, and renowned Swiss clockmaker L’Epée 1839, to release a new limited edition of the fabled T-Rex clock.

The MB&F x L'Epée x Massena LAB 'T-Rex Bronze' is limited to only 15 pieces.

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Description

T-Rex Bronze

The original T-Rex was a minimalist clock-face of Murano glass and steel, suspended between two jointed legs that end in taloned feet, bearing a resemblance to the T-Rex. In fact, the T-Rex is closely modelled on the actual skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex; designer Maximilian Maertens studied 3D scans of dinosaur fossils to inject authenticity into the proportions and positioning of T-Rex’s legs. Its spherical and skeletonized body is a reminder of the fossilized bones.

The MB&F x L’Epée x Massena LAB T-Rex Bronze creates a harmonious balance between mechanical and organic forms. Playing off the original design, the T-Rex Bronze switches out the use of steel for bronze, an alloy used by the early humans that ushered in a new era in history and acts as a nod to the clock’s more ancient influence. The feet of the T-Rex Bronze are aged and stabilized creating a dark brown color, reminiscent of the sculptures fashioned by the founder of modern sculpture, Rodin. In addition, the T-Rex is specially treated to “lock in time” its color and material characteristics. This hand-done oxidation and patina process makes no two clocks alike.

T-Rex's translucent green “eyeball” dial, made of hand-blown Murano glass, complements the overall bronze tone of the clock. Furthermore, the green eye invokes one of the most famous scenes in Jurassic Park, when the movie’s protagonists encounter the Tyrannosaurus Rex on a stormy night in the park, peering into their jeep.

Two slim steel hands arch outwards from the center of the hand blown Murano glass dial, indicating the hours and minutes. Behind the dial is a 138-component movement by L’Epée 1839, crowned by a balance beating at the rate of 2.5Hz (18,000vph). The clock is wound with a key at the back of the movement for a maximum power reserve of eight days, while time-setting is accomplished at the center of the dial with the same key.

T-Rex Bronze

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

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ENGINE

L'Épée suspended movement, designed and manufactured in-house
Power reserve: 8 days
Balance frequency: 2.5Hz / 18,000bph
138 components / 17 jewels

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WINDING

Winding key to both set the time (in the center of the dial) and wind the movement (on the barrel axis at the back)


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BODY / FRAME

Dial: green murano hand-blown glass
Body material: bronze
Finishing: by hand, chemical oxidation to achieve the brown color of the bronze.

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DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Dimensions: 265 mm (tall) x 258 mm x 178 mm
Weight: approximately 2 kg


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EDITION

Limited edition of 15 pieces

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T-Rex Bronze

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