In a horological universe far, far away, one man, Captain Büsser, was endowed with a mission: to make heavenly and special time gadgets that would demolish Emperor Boredom. This resistance began in 30 A.Q.C. (After the Quartz Crisis, which means 2005 in human nomenclature) and offered life to a few horological UFOs, prepared to participate in fight. The war isn’t over and Captain Büsser and his ally L’Epée 1839 open another part in this epic time fight with their most recent weapon against dullness: Grant.
Grant is another robot clock, much the same as his brothers Melchior, Balthazar and Sherman were before him. While the initial two were standing robots, Grant is, much the same as Sherman, a machine with tracks that acquires its name from a real tank. The Medium Tank, M3 – otherwise called the Grant tank – was a medium-sized American tank being used during World War II. Furthermore, much the same as this piece of weaponry, the MB&F and L’Epée 1839 Grant is prepared to travel over harsh landscape, with three operational elastic tracks.
This rather huge piece (212mm wide × 231mm long) is likewise a transformer, as it can expect three diverse positions: lying on a level plane over his skeleton for a position of safety, hunching at 45 degrees or sitting up at 90 degrees. This changeable capacity permits various situations for both the timekeeping part and the robot part. When resting, the dial showing the time sits evenly and Grant’s robot face is covered up. Actually, when sitting up, the horological part is shown vertically and Grant’s face is gazing at you.
What might have been recently a contrivance is quite cool. When taking care of Grant and evolving positions, you truly end up with 3 completely various clocks. Every one of them has its own character and uncovers or conceals a portion of the parts – for example, the look when resting is less “frightening” than when the robot’s face is up, in full hero mode.
In this galactic war drew in by MB&F and L’Epée 1839, Grant is kitted out with stuff and won’t be battling with his uncovered hands (or his exposed tracks). This armoured battling horological vehicle is loaded with weaponry. His left arm holds a turning plate, while his correct arm fastens a removable projectile launcher. This “grenade” is removable and serves as the winding and time-setting key for his movement.
On a more specialized side, the new MB&F x L’Epée 1839 Grant depends on an in-house planned and fabricated in-line hand-twisting development with a 8-day power hold, a recurrence of 2.5Hz and the equilibrium and the escapement showed under the head protector like “head” of Grant – the thought is that directing organ addresses the cerebrum of this horological piece. As a remedy to today’s frantic, quick world, Grant is on “a mission to moderate things down”. Therefore, he just shows the hours and minutes, with no running seconds.
As consistently, this new MB&F x L’Epée 1839 shows great hand-finishing: Geneva waves, anglage, cleaning, sandblasting, round and vertical silk wrapping up. All the parts are enriched and the get together of Grant is noteworthy. The cleaned parts are especially fulfilling, with an impeccable mirror surface – something moderately complex considering the outside of the parts.
The MB&F x L’Epée 1839 Grant robot clock will be accessible in three unique renditions, with the “arms” holding the tracks hued in blue, dark or nickel-plated. It is a restricted release of 50 pieces in each tone, with a cost of CHF 22,200 (excl. charges). More subtleties on mbandf.com .