Destination Moon

MB&F + L’EPÉE 1839

Overview

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

DISPLAY

Hour and minute indications stamped on rotating stainless steel discs

ENGINE

  • Designed and manufactured in-house by L’Epée 1839
  • 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

BODY / FRAME

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

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT:

  • Dimensions: 41.4 cm (height) x 23.3 cm (diameter at base)
  • Weight: 4.0 kg
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CLOCKWORK

The eye-catching regulator is vertically positioned to allow for maximum appreciation and protected from curious fingers behind a panel of mineral glass.

NEIL

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.

WINDING

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.

L’EPEE 1839

Epée 1839

For over 175 years, L'Epée has been at the forefront of watch and clock making. Today, it is the unique specialised manufacture in Switzerland dedicated to making high-end clocks. L'Epée was founded in 1839, initially to make music box and watch components, by Auguste L’Epée who set up the business near Besançon, France.

L'Epée is now based in Delémont in the Swiss Jura Mountains. Under the guidance of CEO Arnaud Nicolas, L’Epée 1839 has developed an exceptional table clock collection, encompassing a range of sophisticated classic carriage clocks, contemporary design clocks (Le Duel) and avant-garde, minimalist clocks (La Tour). Complications include retrograde seconds, power reserve indicators, perpetual calendars, tourbillons and striking mechanisms – all designed and manufactured in-house. Ultra-long power reserves have become a signature of the brand.

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inspiration

inspiration

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.

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