Discover Destination Moon: A Space-Inspired Clock
Watch & Bullion14 April 2023 | 3 min read
Unleash your imagination and embark on an interstellar journey with Destination Moon, a collaboration between L’Epée 1839 and MB&F that brings the thrill of space exploration to your home. This stunning eight-day clock is designed to resemble a 1960s sci-fi rocket, capturing the essence of that era’s fascination with space travel.
The Birth of Destination Moon
The creative mind behind the clock’s unique vertical architecture is L’Epée movement designer and sci-fi rocket enthusiast Nicolas Bringuet. After a weekend of tireless work, he crafted the initial design that would become the foundation of Destination Moon. The Swiss luxury clock manufacturer L’Epée 1839 then teamed up with MB&F to create a spacecraft-inspired timepiece, setting the stage for this remarkable collaboration.
Embrace Your Imagination
As a nod to the imaginative spirit of 1960s science fiction, Destination Moon provides just enough engineering to shape its distinctive form while leaving ample space for your imagination to fill in the details. This quintessential torpedo-shaped rocket captures the essence of childhood dreams and encourages you to think beyond reality.
The Craftsmanship Behind Destination Moon
Built by L’Epée 1839, Switzerland’s leading clockmaker, the clock boasts an intricate, vertically-structured open movement reminiscent of a real spaceship. Hours and minutes are displayed on large stainless steel discs with stamped numerals, ensuring legibility while not detracting from the clock’s spectacular design.
Drawing inspiration from the mechanics of a real rocket, Destination Moon features an oversized winding crown at its base that powers the timepiece. The vertical regulator controls precision below the time display, while a time-setting knob is located at the top of the movement. A virtually invisible mineral glass panel protects the eye-catching regulator and animated balance from external elements.
A Touch of Childhood Nostalgia
Destination Moon also pays homage to the toys and fantasies of youth with horizontal circular plates perforated like Meccano components. Although it sports an ethereal openwork construction, the four-kilogram clock stands sturdily on solid landing pods, ensuring stability and resilience.
The Astronaut: Neil
Neil, a solid silver and stainless steel figurine resembling a spacesuit-clad astronaut, adds a touch of whimsy to this space-inspired clock. Attached magnetically to the ladder connecting the crown to the movement, Neil brings a childlike sense of wonder by putting the human element into the machine.
Destination Moon is available in five limited editions of 50 pieces, each in black, green, blue, red, and palladium (silver).
- Hour and minute indications stamped on rotating stainless steel discs
- Dimensions: 41.4 cm (height) x 23.3 cm (diameter); Weight: 4.0 kg
- Frame: satin-finished stainless steel
- Landing pods: palladium-plated brass with PVD coating for blue, green, black editions, or aluminum anodized red for the red edition
- Total components (including movement): 237
Neil (astronaut figurine):
- Solid polished silver with stainless steel helmet; attached magnetically to the boarding ladder
- Designed and manufactured in-house by L’Epée 1839
- Multi-stage vertical architecture
- Balance frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 bph
- Power reserve: 8 days from a single barrel
- Movement components: 164
- Jewels: 17
- Incabloc shock protection system protected by a mineral glass
- Materials: palladium-plated brass, stainless steel, and nickel-plated stainless steel
- Movement finishing: polishing, bead-blasting, and satin finishing