Once again, Swiss watchmaker MB&F teamed up with Swiss clock-maker L’Epée 1839 to create a rocket-shaped table clock, called Destination Moon. All those familiar with the earlier work by this two brands know that there’s always an element of the fantastic about them. The same thing with Destination Moon, which is according to MB&F, the quintessential torpedo-shaped rocket of childhood dreams.
Developed specifically for Destination Moon, the architecture of L’Epée’s eight-day movement follows the basic engineering of a real spaceship. Power in a rocket comes from its base and the power for Destination Moon comes from the oversized winding crown in its base. The control systems of a rocket are above the power source and the same holds true for Destination Moon, which has a vertical regulator underneath the time display, as well as a time-setting knob at the top of the movement. That regulator with its animated balance is protected from cosmic radiation (and curious fingers) by a small panel of virtually invisible mineral glass. Hours and minutes are displayed by large, white numerals on stainless steel disks.
This table clock comes with little details that will bring a smile to your face. It’s Neil: space-suited figurine forged in solid silver and stainless steel, magnetically attached to the ladder connecting the crown to the movement. Neil imparts a childlike sense of wonder by putting Man into the Machine.
Weighing four kilograms, Destination Moon is available in four limited editions of 50 pieces, decorated with blue, black, green and palladium (silver) landing pods. Each will cost you 19,900 CHF (approximately $20,020).