MB&F - Destination Moon
MB&F - Destination Moon

Destination Moon

MB&F | 22'800 € Tax inc.

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Space isn't empty, it's filled by imagination!

Reality sucks! In the 1960s, science fiction had us flying through the air on hoverboards and our imaginations soared, but we ended up with non-hovering boards with wheels on solid ground. Science fiction promised us 3D TV and engineers delivered, but we took one look, felt queasy and out they went. Science fiction filled our imaginations with elegant ovoid-shaped rockets that would fly us to the moon and beyond. Again engineers delivered, but the rockets, although eminently practical, ended up being straight, uninspiring cylinders.

 

Some things are best left to the imagination and MB&F's Destination Moon does just that. It delivers just enough engineering for an eight-day clock looking like an exciting science fiction rocket from the 1960s, but with plentiful empty space allowing our imaginations to fill in the details.

 

Conceived by MB&F and built by L’Epée 1839, Switzerland's premier clock maker, Destination Moon is the quintessential torpedo-shaped rocket of childhood dreams. But look more closely and you will see that its minimalistic form is evocative rather than definitive.

 

Hours and minutes are displayed on large diameter stainless steel discs with stamped numerals. While the legibility of the time display is not in question, focusing on the time rather than the spectacular, vertically-structured, open movement is likely to require deep concentration.

 

Developed specifically for Destination Moon, the architecture of L’Epée’s eight-day movement follows the basic design of a real spaceship. Power in a rocket comes from its base; the power for Destination Moon comes from the oversized winding crown in its base. The management and control systems of a rocket are above the power source; the same holds true for Destination Moon, which has a vertical regulator controlling precision below the time display, as well as a time-setting knob at the top of the movement. That eye-catching regulator with its animated balance is protected from cosmic radiation (and curious fingers) by a small panel of virtually invisible mineral glass.

 

In a further tip of the hat to childhood toys and fantasies, the horizontal circular plates in Destination Moon's movement are perforated like Meccano components. Despite its ethereal openwork construction, at four kilograms (nine pounds) Destination Moon is no lightweight: its solid landing pods ensure that it will not easily be knocked off course (or knocked over).

 

And then there's Neil: a smile-inducing, space-suited figurine forged in solid silver and stainless steel, magnetically attached to the ladder connecting the crown to the movement. Neil is the astronaut flying Destination Moon to exotic worlds, but more importantly, Neil imparts a childlike sense of wonder by putting man into the machine.

 

 

Destination Moon is available in 4 limited editions of 50 pieces each in black, green, and blue PVD, plus palladium (silver).

 

Technical specifications

Destination Moon: technical specifications

 

 

Destination Moon is available in 4 limited editions of 50 pieces each in black, green, and blue PVD, plus palladium (silver).

 

 

Displays

 

Hour and minute indications stamped on rotating stainless steel discs

 

 

Rocket

 

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 the blue, green and black editions

Total components (including movement): 237

 

 

Neil (astronaut figurine)

 

Solid polished silver with stainless steel helmet; attached magnetically to boarding ladder.

 

 

Movement

 

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 single barrel

Movement components: 164

Jewels: 17

Incabloc shock protection system protected by mineral glass

Materials: palladium-plated brass, stainless steel and nickel-plated stainless steel

Movement finishing: polishing, bead-blasting and satin finishing

Winding: manual winding by rotating the propulsion wheel at the base of the rocket

Setting: time-setting knob at the top of the movement, above the indication rings

 

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