MB&F has decided to excite its fans once more with an eccentric timepiece for your coffee table. A clock and design piece all in once featuring pure craftsmanship and childhood dreams.
The MB&F Destination Moon resembles a classic rocket from the 1960s. Developed specifically for Destination Moon, the architecture of the eight-day movement follows the basic design of a real spaceship. And the minimalist form is evocative, leaving enough space to be filled with pure imagination. And of course, MB&F brought a whole lot of creativity to the project resulting in an awesome timepiece.
Conceived by MB&F and built by L’Epée 1839, Switzerland’s premier clock maker, the Destination Moon is the quintessential torpedo-shaped rocket of everyone’s childhood dreams. Movement designer and sci-fi rocket fan Nicolas Bringuet came up with the idea for the movement’s distinctive vertical architecture. On this layout MB&F based the design and size of the Destination Moon. By removing the skin of the rocket it looks more technical and acts as a framework for the viewer’s imagination.
Hours and minutes are displayed on large diameter aluminium discs with stamped numerals. They line up with the streamlined double-ended pointer above the regulator. While the legibility of the time display is not in question, focusing on the time rather than on the spectacular, vertically-shaped, open movement is likely to require a good deal of concentration.
Developed specifically for the 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 the 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 hold true for Destination Moon, which has a vertical regulator controlling precision below the time display.
At the top of the movement sits the time-setting knob. The oscillating balance wheel catches the eye additionally. That regulator with its animated balance is protected from cosmic radiation and curious fingers by a panel of virtually invisible mineral glass.
And then, there’s Neil, the little man on the ladder. Because every rocket needs an astronaut and it only seemed natural to name him after the first man ever setting foot on the moon. Neil is forged in solid silver and stainless steel, wears a space-suit and a stainless-steel helmet. Due to a magnet the figurine can be attached everywhere on the ladder.
Despite its ethereal openwork construction, at four kilograms the Destination Moon is no lightweight. This is also due to the three solid landing pods that ensure, that the piece will not easily be knocked off course or accidentally knocked over. The Destination Moon measures 41,4 cm in height and comes with a diameter of 23,3 cm.
The Destination Moon is available in four limited editions of 50 pieces each in black, green, and blue PVD, plus palladium. Who wouldn’t want to have this extraordinary timepiece on their coffee table? After all, it not only tells the time but is a childhood dream come true.