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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.

Limited edition of 18 pieces in each color. 

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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’Épée 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’Épée 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’Épée 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'ÉPÉE 1839

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

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.

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. 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 parts.

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.

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

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: Ø 376 mm x H: 209 mm
Weight: 15 kg

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UFO CLOCK MOVEMENT

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

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UFO BAROMETER

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

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UFO THERMOMETER

Temperature: -30° / +70° Celsius (-20° / +156° Fahrenheit)
Dimensions: Ø 124 mm x H: 92 mm

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UFO HYGROMETER

Hygrometer: 0 - 100% humidity
Dimensions: Ø 124 mm x H: 92 mm

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