One thing that MB&F’s fantastical, dream-like mission statement is not known for is spreading discord, but ever since we saw the first pictures of its latest collaboration with Swiss clockmaker L’Epee, there’s been a row brewing here at QP Towers.
Does Tom & T-Rex look like Mike Wazowski from Monster’s Inc. or Baba Yaga’s house on chicken legs or perhaps the Martians from War of the Worlds? The only thing we can agree on is that it doesn’t look much like any T-Rex we’ve ever seen.
That said the design is instantly and incredibly evocative, it does a remarkable job of visually telling the story of ‘a child struck by illness, Tom, who goes on an adventure with his formidable companion’.
The 30cm tall body of T-Rex – fashioned from stainless steel, brass and bronze - houses a 2.5Hz 8 Day L’Epee movement, while the hand-blown blue Murano glass eyeball serves as a dial with curved hour and minute hands indicating the time. Up top sits Tom, astride T-Rex and gazing deeply into a sphere of the same glass, no doubt provided by the same Murano producer that crafts the bodies of MB&F’s jellyfish-like, Medusa. MB&F reveals that while Tom & T-Rex is unique, as is every timepiece created for Only Watch, T-Rex, minus its passenger, has gone into production and will be available later this year.
Only Watch is increasingly being used by independents such as FP Journe and, in this case, MB&F to test the water or tease forthcoming releases, which is an interesting evolution of the format which has often relied on small tweaks to existing models and points to the biennial charity auction going from strength-to-strength.
Tom & T-Rex might speak of unique pieces and a shift in strategy but what it does best, as do each of the MB&F and L’Epee collaborative clocks, is make a hell of a tabletop statement.
The indomitable duo will go on sale for an estimated £16,000-£32,000 at the Only Watch 2019 sale, hosted by Christies in Geneva on Saturday 9th November.
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