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MB&F + L'Épée 1839

The Fifth Element

MB&F + L'Épée 1839

The Fifth Element

The Fifth Element is an intergalactic horological weather station enabling accurate weather forecasting even when the power goes down. Four (UFO) elements: clock, barometer, hygrometer, and thermometer combine in a mother ship (with Ross, the alien pilot) to create an entity much larger than the sum of its parts: The Fifth Element.

The Fifth Element is available in 3 limited editions of 18 pieces each in Black PVD, Silver and Blue PVD.

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Description

The Fifth Element

MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser long admired desktop weather stations of the last century, but frustrated in not finding the right vintage model for himself decided to create his own with L’Epée 1839.

Four removable and interchangeable instrument Elements make up the Fifth Element.

Clock Element
Because weather forecasting is based on the speed of changes over time, the accurate time is required for meteorological observations. L’Epée 1839 reengineered and skeletonised their 8-day clock movement to maximize transparency and visual access.

Barometer Element
The barometer, which measures air pressure, is the mainstay of weather forecasting.

Hygrometer Element
The hygrometer measures the percentage of water vapour in the air.

Thermometer Element
Thermometers don’t simply measure temperature, but the average kinetic energy of a substance: the higher the temperature, the higher the energy.

And there’s one more function that MB&F surreptitiously integrates into all of its machines: the ability to make you smile.

In addition to the 8-day clock at the top of the Fifth Element, L’Epée created a second independent manually-wound, air-regulated movement supported on bearings in the base and activated by a pushbutton. This starts Ross the alien pilot slowly rotating around the mothership as though constantly scanning the skies for both inclement weather and hostile invaders.


The Fifth Element

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

Clock (hours and minutes), barometer (air pressure), thermometer (air temperature), hygrometer (air humidity)

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COMPLETE FIFTH ELEMENT

Materials: stainless steel, nickel-plated brass, palladium-plated brass
Size: 376 mm in diameter x 209 mm in height
Weight: 15kg

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UFO CLOCK MOVEMENT

L’Epée in-house designed and manufactured, vertical architecture eight-day movement
Dimensions: 124 mm in diameter x 92 mm in height
161 components / 11 jewels

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UFO BAROMETER

Atmospheric pressure: 960 / 1060 hPa (28.4 / 31.6 in Hg)
Dimensions: 124 mm in diameter x 92 mm in height

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UFO THERMOMETER

Temperature: -30° / +70° Celsius (-20° / +156° Fahrenheit)
Dimensions: 124 mm in diameter x 92 mm in height

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UFO HYGROMETER

Hygrometer: 0 - 100% humidity
Dimensions: 124 mm in diameter x 92 mm in height

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The Fifth Element

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