MB&F - MB&F + L’Epée 1839 : Medusa
MB&F - MB&F + L’Epée 1839 : Medusa

MB&F + L’Epée 1839 : Medusa

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MB&F Medusa ; A Transfixing Expression Of Time

The first watch jellyfish

 
It is not a watch but a jellyfish that has a movement, like many MB&F collectible watches. But, among the brands with which it is associated, some of these brands are more important than others - and this applies to watches as well as clocks, at any price. This is the case of the Sword, a manufacture not of watches but of a bygone watchmaking which, 100% manufacture, without tourbillon, sapphire crystal or rotating bezel, is as creative as an MB&F watch and every incredible movement that drives them. 
 

A jellyfish and an Aquapod

 
The company manufactures L'Epée and MB&F have once again collaborated to create an unusual watchmaking jellyfish machine. The Aquapod watch had already set the pace. This limited edition has a flying tourbillon like those collector's timepieces to which the company has become accustomed and, on this limited edition, an oversized rotating bezel that gave the Aquapod machine an unusual touch of art in watchmaking. 
The piece was obtained at the price of a house design born in a whirlwind of unconventional high watchmaking ideas. The movement of this watch is visible beyond the imposing rotating bezel and under its sapphire crystal, cut at the cost of a complex machining process that aims to reveal each curve of the pieces belonging to this Aquapod collection. 
 
The art of each watch in this creative watch collection is found, without rotating bezel or tourbillon, in the jellyfish collection that MB&F has created with L'Epée: Medusa. As on the Aquapod collection watch, there is an apparent movement displaying the hours and minutes and a Murano glass handmade like the work of art of a house that can only make a few pieces for the hand-picked brand collection. Nothing is machine-made here - and since the Aquapods were almost unique haute horlogerie collector's items, exceptional watches, each Medusa jellyfish made with L'Epée will be a unique collector's item, forming timeless art pieces in a limited edition. 
 

A widely awarded watchmaking company

 
Here, the brand does not show its watchmaking talent, which has been awarded many prizes, including the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix with, in 2016, a prize for its limited edition collection watch with Perpetual Calendar, in the category Watch Price with Calendar. At the same Grand Prix de la Haute Horlogerie de Genève, the LM1 won the men's watch prize in 2012, a highly coveted prize in this Grand Prix. 
 

A jellyfish well apart

 
The Medusa jellyfish will not be included in any category of this Grand Prix: it is not a watch, its absence of a conventional haute horlogerie movement, a rotating bezel, a flying tourbillon manufacture, disqualifies it. These characteristics that have made the Aquapod watch collection so successful are unrelated to the Medusa jellyfish collection pieces of two brands, MB&F and the L'Epée manufactory. 
 
It is a question of paying the price of audacity, the price of creativity, as each MB&F watch movement has proven so well. The Medusa jellyfish, even without unidirectional rotating bezel or tourbillon, is a 100% manufactured work of art. It does not have a tourbillon or titanium. This titanium is widely used in watchmaking. Unlike steel, titanium is lighter and more resistant for a watch. In the collection of an MB&F machine for high-end watches, it is frequently found, whether titanium for the unidirectional rotating bezel or titanium for the movement. 
 
On the other hand, the Medusa jellyfish is a limited edition machine that offers an alternative and luxurious vision of watchmaking, taking the movement of the company's factory watches and turning it into a glass object, an art glass, a glass jellyfish acquired at the cost of a design work that few brands know how to accomplish on their parts. Far from the science fiction or spacecraft that MB&F luxury watches have set in motion, the Mdusa jellyfish declines the world of the manufactory into a few rare pieces that give each of its owners a few minutes of art. 
 
 

Technical specifications

Medusa is available in three limited editions of 50 pieces each with green, blue, or pink Murano hand-blown glass dome and tentacles.

 

Display Hours and minutes

 

Size

Dimensions:

Hanging position: 286 mm tall x 250 mm diameter

Standing position: 323 mm tall x 250 mm diameter

Components total: 231

Weight: approximately 6kg (the exact weight of the hand-blown glass dome varies)

 

Body/frame

Dome/tentacles: Murano hand-blown glass 

Movement and standing base: stainless steel and brass

Indexes and top plate with Super-LumiNova

 

Engine

L’Epée suspended movement, designed and manufactured in-house

Balance frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 bph

Power reserve: 7 days

Movement components: 155 

Jewels: 23

Incabloc shock protection system

Movement finishing: Geneva waves, anglage, polishing, sandblasting, circular and vertical graining, satin finishing.

Integrated winding key to both set the time and wind the movement (propeller at the bottom of the movement).

 

Dual configuration

Ceiling-mounted: Medusa can be ceiling mounted thanks to the buckle located at the top of the movement. In this configuration the glass tentacles can be hung on the movement.

Standing: Medusa can stand on a table by way of a special metal base.

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