MB&F Destination Moon Explores Dreams Of Space Travel

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Science fiction once filled our imaginations with elegant ovoid-shaped rockets that would ferry us to the moon and beyond. However the reality is, space-travel and/or exploration isn’t all that glamorous. Some things are best left to the imagination and MB&F's Destination Moon does just that. Conceived by MB&F and built by L’Epée 1839 delivers just enough engineering for an eight-day clock to look like an exciting science fiction rocket from the 1960s.

 

 

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Hours and minutes are displayed on large diameter stainless steel discs with stamped numerals. While the legibility of the time display is not in question, the spectacular, vertically-structured, open movement is more likely steal your attention. Developed specifically for Destination Moon, the architecture of L’Epée’s eight-day movement follows the basic design of a spaceship. As the power for a rocket comes from its base; the power for 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 holds true for Destination Moon, which has a vertical regulator controlling precision below the time display, as well as a time-setting knob at the top of the movement. That eye-catching regulator with its animated balance is protected from curious fingers by a small panel of virtually invisible mineral glass.

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In a further tip of the hat to childhood toys and fantasies, the horizontal circular plates in Destination Moon's movement are perforated like Meccano components. Despite its ethereal openwork construction, at 4kg (9 lbs) Destination Moon is no lightweight: its solid landing pods ensure that it will not easily be knocked over. And then 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.

The MB&F Destination Moon is available in 4 limited editions of 50 pieces each in black, green, and blue PVD, plus palladium (silver).

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