After taking us to the depths of the deep blue sea with the incredible HM7 Aquapod, MB&F has its sights on the heavens once again with its newest desk clock, Destination Moon. The Horological Lab designed its newest creation in-house and turned to L’Epée 1839 for the final construction, and the result is stellar.
The structure of the Destination Moon is that of an unconventional rocket, the sort of thing you might see in a cartoon or a comic book. In fact if you were a reader of The Adventures of Tintin, the name and design of this rocket will immediately put a smile on your face. That said, this is an MB&F desk clock in every sense of the world, and it’s packed with fantastic design elements.
The Destination Moon displays time in much the same way as MB&F’s recently launched HM7 Aquapod (read our story here). Just below the nose cone of the rocket you’ll find two large cylindrical steel discs with contrasting stamped numerals that are super legible – the top disc displays the hours, while the bottom disc displays minutes. Setting the time require adjusting a knob that sits just above the top disc.
The section below the two discs contains the hand-wound movement, a vertically arranged calibre (another similarity with the HM7) that can be seen in full thanks to the transparent design of that section. The calibre is the handiwork of L’Epée 1839, and offers eight days of power reserve from a single barrel. The 17 jewel movement is protected by mineral glass, which should keep curious fingers from interfering with the immaculate mechanics.
Winding this MB&F clock requires manipulation of the crown, and the Horological Lab has executed this flawlessly. The crown sits at the base of the desk clock and is designed to resemble the main engine of the rocket. And since the rocket does not sit flush against the table surface – thanks to the presence of the three highly polished landing pods – winding the movement will be easy.
Destination Moon tips the scales at a substantial four kilograms, and to ensure that the rocket remains stable, MB&F has fashioned the landing pods out of palladium-plated brass, which gives it a lower centre of gravity and thus more stability.
Four editions of Destination Moon are being offered (black, green, blue PVD and palladium silver), and each is limited to 50-pieces. Depending on the color you opt for, the color of the landing pods will differ, though the international price for all four pieces is exactly the same at CHF 19,900 + VAT. Check out MB&F’s Destination Moon video on our Facebook page by clicking here.
MB&F will no doubt be showing off Destination Moon at Baselworld, find them in Les Ateliers.
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