Independent brand MB&F has partnered with premier clock maker L’Epée to create an eight-day clock that is inspired by the design of science fiction rockets from the Fifties.
Conceived by MB&F and built by L’Epée, this new clock is the quintessential torpedo-shaped rocket seen in comics like Tintin (remember the red and white checkered rocket from Destination Moon) and early sci-fi films like George Pal’s Destination Moon. You can tell the product team didn’t have any trouble coming up with the name of this clock.
Destination Moon’s unique vertically structured movement is the handiwork of L’Epée movement designer Nicolas Bringuet, who apparently conceived this over one long weekend. L’Epée contacted MB&F wondering if some type of spacecraft might be designed around the movement.
Stefano Panterotto, an intern-designer at MB&F, is credited with coming up with the basic shape of the rocket. In the final design, the skin of the rocket was stripped off to give it a more technical look at and also offers views of this unique movement.
Hours and minutes are displayed on large diameter stainless steel discs with stamped numerals. The clock is wound by oversized winding crown in its base, which transfers power to the mainspring barrel via the boarding ladder. The vertical regulator is placed below the time display while a knob to set the time is placed at the top of the movement.
A small panel of virtually invisible mineral glass protects the regulator. The horizontal circular plates in the movement are perforated, a clear hat tip to the Meccano toys of our childhood days. Three heavy highly polished landing pods ensure the stability of the clock.
A quirky addition to the design is Neil, an astronaut forged in silver and stainless steel, magnetically attached to the rocket’s boarding ladder connecting the crown to the movement. Neil brings a real playful element to this timepiece.
Destination Moon is available in 4 limited editions of 50 pieces each in black, green, and blue PVD, plus palladium (silver). Destination Moon is now available at MB&F retailers and at MB&F's M.A.D. Gallery network. The price?$20,180 plus tax.