Destination Moon

L’ÉPÉE 1839 × MB&F


Conceived by MB&F and built by L’Epée 1839, Destination Moon is the quintessential torpedo-shaped rocket of childhood dreams.

Developed specifically for Destination Moon, the architecture of L’Epée’s eight-day movement follows the basic engineering of a real spaceship. Power in a rocket comes from its base and the power for Destination Moon comes from the oversized winding crown in its base. The control systems of a rocket are above the power source and the same holds true for Destination Moon, which has a vertical regulator underneath the time display, as well as a time-setting knob at the top of the movement. That regulator with its animated balance is protected from cosmic radiation (and curious fingers) by a small panel of virtually invisible mineral glass. Hours and minutes are displayed by large, white numerals on stainless steel disks.

And there's Neil: a smile inducing, space-suited figurine forged in solid silver and stainless steel, magnetically attached to the ladder connecting the crown to the movement. Neil imparts a childlike sense of wonder by putting Man into the Machine.

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the machine


Hour and minute indications stamped on rotating stainless steel discs


  • L’Epée 1839 movement, designed and manufactured in-house
  • Multi-stage vertical architecture
  • Incabloc shock protection system protected by mineral glass
  • Power reserve: 8 days from single barrel
  • Balance frequency: 18,000 bph / 2.5 Hz
  • 164 components and 17 jewels
  • Movement finishing: polishing, bead-blasting and satin finishing
  • Manual winding by rotating the propulsion wheel


  • Movement in palladium-plated brass, stainless steel and nickel-plated stainless steel
  • Frame in satin-finished stainless steel
  • Landing pods: palladium-plated brass with PVD coating for the blue, green and black editions, or anodized aluminium for the red edition.
  • Neil (astronaut figurine): solid polished silver with stainless steel helmet, magnetic


  • Dimensions: 41.4 cm (height) x 23.3 cm (diameter at base)
  • Weight: 4.0 kg
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The eye-catching regulator is vertically positioned to allow for maximum appreciation and protected from curious fingers behind a panel of mineral glass.



A spaceship needs an astronaut; Destination Moon is helmed by Neil, a space-suited figurine forged in solid silver and stainless steel, who is magnetically attached to the ladder.



The eight-day power reserve of Destination Moon comes from the massive crown in its base, which transfers power to the mainspring barrel via the boarding ladder.



The base concept originated with L’Epée movement designer and sci-fi rocket fan Nicolas Bringuet, who came up with the idea for the movement's distinctive vertical architecture. Driven by passion, Bringuet designed the movement over one long, largely sleep-free, weekend. L’Epée then contacted MB&F wondering if some type of spacecraft might be designed around the movement and the project blasted off.

MB&F intern-designer Stefano Panterotto came up with the basic shape; however, it initially looked too realistically rocket-like and that something magical was missing. Paradoxically, the answer to adding magic was in removing the skin of the rocket so it both looked more technical − helped by the perforated Meccano-like movement plates − and acted as a framework for the viewer's imagination.

The real magic of Destination Moon is space. If the body of the rocket was completely covered, observers would see the rocket of somebody else's youth, but because the rocket is in reality a largely empty, perforated frame, those viewing Destination Moon are each likely to see a slightly different spacecraft: the rocket of their own childhood rather than somebody else’s.

L’Epée 1839

Epée 1839 Maximilian Büsser and Arnaud Nicolas CEO of L’Épée 1839

Dedicated to making high-end clocks, L'Epée has been a prominent Swiss Manufacture for over 180 years. Founded in 1839 by Auguste L’Epée in France’s Besançon region, the company originally focused on producing music boxes and watch components. The brand was synonymous at the time with entirely hand-made pieces.

From 1850 onwards, the Manufacture became a leading light in the production of ‘platform’ escapements, creating regulators especially for alarm and table clocks, as well as musical watches. It became a well-known specialist owning a large number of patents on exceptional escapements and the chief supplier of escapements to several celebrated watchmakers of the day. L'Epée has won a number of gold medal awards at international exhibitions.

L'Epée 1839 is now based in Delémont in the Swiss Jura Mountains. Under the impetus of its CEO Arnaud Nicolas, it has developed an exceptional table clock collection, encompassing a full range of sophisticated clocks.