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

MB&F Destination Moon


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

Destination Moon: a horological rocket!


With Destination Moon, watches and clocks enter a new dimension of time. Destination Moon exercises a power of attraction and literally brings your imagination to a new destination, somewhere into space. Destination Moon is a clock in a category of its own, far from any conventions of classical watchmaking. Beyond the moon, the chosen destination is creativity, science fiction and limitless imagination. The vehicle to bring you there is nothing less than space rocket in stainless steel.

A new collaboration with L’Epée

Conceived by MB&F and built by L’Epée 1839, Destination Moon is the quintessential torpedo-shaped rocket of childhood dreams. Through this creation, Maximilian Busser brings movement and imagination to watchmaking. The Destination Moon stainless steel rocket goes beyond the scope of a watch and what MB&F had been creating until now. Destination Moon is a time rocket that enables the observer to project himself many light years away, into space and boundless imagination. But Destination Moon is not only playful imagination. Destination Moon is a solid and powerful stainless steel table clock in the shape of a space rocket and created in four limited editions. Destination Moon Silver is in palladium-plated brass and stainless steel with silver landing pods. Destination Moon Black is in palladium-plated brass and stainless steel with black landing pods. Destination Moon Blue is in palladium-plated brass and stainless steel with blue landing pods. And Destination Moon Green is in palladium-plated brass and stainless steel with green landing pods.

Quite naturally, the playful spirit of Maximilian Busser and Arnaud Nicolas (CEO of L’Epée) brought the pair to include Neil on board their beautiful space rocket.  Neil is a smile-inducing, astronaut figurine forged in solid silver and stainless steel, magnetically attached to the ladder connecting the crown to the movement. A space rocket needs an astronaut, and Neil imparts a childlike sense of wonder by putting Man into the Machine. Neil will undoubtedly conquer the imagination of his fans and seduce the most avid collectors of unique clocks and time creations.

A unique vertical construction

Destination Moon by MB&F and L’Epée is a space rocket that stands in a solid, vertical position, ready for take-off towards an unknown destination. On board, this space clock is Neil, the space-suited figurine with his stainless steel helmet that will take you wherever your imagination desires. Positioned right above Neil is the heart of the clock, an 8-day power reserve movement that beats at a frequency of 2.5 Hz. The movement is made out of 164 components and is manually wound by rotating the propulsion wheel on the lower part of the space rocket. Importantly, the movement of Destination Moon is very particular for its vertical construction, and the architecture of the movement follows the basic engineering of a real space rocket. 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 positioned above the power source and the same applies for Destination Moon, which features a vertical regulator underneath the time display, as well as a time-setting knob at the top of the movement.

Just as the movement of a classic watch, the vertical regulator of Destination Moon is protected from (space) dust by a small panel of virtually invisible mineral glass. The hour and minute indications are stamped on rotating stainless steel discs positioned on the top level of the rocket. And above the crown, the ladder, the movement and the time disks, finally the elongated summit of the rocket in transparent glass, which provides a sense of lightness to the entire rocket construction.

Table clocks for your imagination

The design of the Destination Moon space rocket is magical through is simplicity and the effect of transparency applied at all levels. Indeed, the designers from MB&F and L’Epée (Stefano Panterotto and Nicolas Bringuet) initially designed an over realistic spacecraft to house the vertically constructed movement. But the magic was really created when they decided to remove the skin of the rocket. This contributed to making the rocket look lighter and more technical. If the body of the rocket was completely covered, observers would see the rocket of somebody else’s youth. But because the rocket is largely empty, each person can imagine his own childhood rocket.

Each variation of the Destination Moon space rocket by MB&F and L’Epée is available in a limited edition of 50 pieces.  




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).





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 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.





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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