MB&F & L'Epée 1839 Cooperation
Will Always Create Stellar Pleasure
Chronological enthusiasts have reason to celebrate. MB&F created a new star fleet with its long-term partner L'Epée 1839. Designed by MB&F and created by L'Epée 1839, the Explorer Starfleet uses the effect of the original and wraps it in a smaller package that even contains an orbiting spacecraft.It's amazing what pieces came into being in this collaboration between MB&F and L'Epée 1839, their creativity, style, and constant determination to do something that only exists to please and create a wow effect. If you ever have the opportunity to meet any of the celebrities at the top of these companies, these watches make even more sense.
For the Starfleet Explorer, the Swiss clock dream team has returned to their origins but in a smaller and more simplified layout. The Starfleet Explorer is 16.5cm across and 11cm tall and houses an eight-day hand-wound clock that ticks at 2.5 Hz. Minutes are shown at the very top of the center element with a fixed aperture over a rotating dome. Conversely, the hour scale is fixed and the display uses a rotating hand (in the detail images, the time shows as a little before 7:30). Suggesting a spirit of exploration, there are three color-match spacecraft that rotate the movement every five minutes, essentially orbiting the clock like a mothership.
Offering an open and skeletonized view of everything from the escapement to the mainspring barrel, the clock can be positioned vertically (as shown in the above image) or on its side for an additional view of the structure. Available with accents in either red, blue, or green (for the time indication and the orbiting spacecraft), each colorway is limited to just 99 examples and will retail for CHF 9,900. While certainly less complicated, the Starfleet Explorer is also vastly less expensive than the original Starfleet and I think the smaller size – and accompanying pricing – may appeal to a wider range of intergalactic explorers (and their desks). Regardless, it's always a treat to see the latest from MB&F and L'Epée 1839, and the Starfleet Explorer is no exception.