For those who follow the biennial charity auction Only Watch, you might recognise this latest collaboration between MB&F and clockmakers L’Epée 1839. That’s because a unique version of this 30cm high, 2kg table clock will be going under the hammer on 9th November with a figurine of a small boy atop dubbed Tom & T-Rex.
But now, as we were expecting back in July, the T-Rex is going into regular production, sans miniature boy. As regular as any MB&F creation can be, that is.
While there is still some doubt over whether it resembles Mike from Monster’s Inc. more than the terrifying "tyrant lizard king" dinosaur, there is no doubt about the craftsmanship and creativity on display. From the hand blown Murano glass dial with curved steel hands to the L’Epée movement constructed of 138 components, all of which can be viewed through the skeletonised body which is supposed to resemble the fossils which provide us with our only clues of the T-Rex today.
At the very top you get the best view possible of the beating balance wheel as it oscillates at 2.5Hz, running for 8 days after a full wind using a key at the back of the clock. This of course isn’t the first time that MB&F have teamed up with L'Epée; the addition of Murano glass invites obvious comparisons with the two brand's most recent collaboration, the jellyfish-inspired Medusa clock.
The actual design comes from another collaboration, that between Maximillian Büsser himself and designer Maximillian Maertens. The level of finishing is high as ever, with fine polishes throughout the body (which is made from stainless steel and palladium-plated brass and bronze) and the movement. For the legs, the two Maxes even studied 3D scans of actual Tyrannosaurus leg bones and duplicated them here with a mix of satin and high shine polishing. This gives a satisfying contrast and helps make the piece almost look agile, despite the joints being completely fixed.
Whether you’re a billionaire philanthropist with a penchant for cloning extinct animals looking for a new desk toy or just a fan of statement horology that comfortably blends craftsmanship and humour, Büsser and his many friends have come together again to create something special.
The T-Rex clock is limited to 100 pieces in red, blue and green, each priced at CHF 22,500 +VAT.
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