Destination Moon, a co-creation between L’Epée 1839 and MB&F, is the quintessential torpedo-shaped rocket of our childhood dreams.
But look more closely and you will see that its minimalistic form is evocative rather than definitive.
Destination Moon is a true collaboration between L’Epée 1839 and MB&F; 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; not the space of the cosmos above our heads, but the largely empty space that is Destination Moon. If the body of the rocket was completely covered, observers would see the rocket of somebody else's youth, but because the rocket-themed desktop clock 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… Space isn't empty; it's filled by imagination.
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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, focusing on the time rather than the spectacular, vertically-structured, open movement is likely to require deep concentration.
Developed specifically for Destination Moon, the architecture of L’Epée’s eight-day movement follows the basic design of a real spaceship. Power in 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 cosmic radiation (and curious fingers) by a small panel of virtually invisible mineral glass.
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 four kilograms (nine pounds) Destination Moon is no lightweight: its solid landing pods ensure that it will not easily be knocked off course (or 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. Neil is the astronaut flying Destination Moon to exotic worlds, but more importantly, Neil imparts a childlike sense of wonder by putting man into the machine.
Neil the astronaut
EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION
Destination Moon is now available in three limited editions
of 50 pieces per color in Red, Green, and Nickel
DESIGN & DISPLAY
Multi-stage vertical architecture
Hour and minute indications stamped on rotating stainless-steel discs
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
41.4 cm (height) x 23.3 cm (diameter)
Weight: 4.0 kg
L’Epée 1839 in-house designed and manufactured movement Caliber 1855
Balance frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 bph
Power reserve: 8 days from single barrel
MATERIALS & FINISHING
Palladium-plated brass, stainless steel and nickel-plated stainless steel
Polishing, bead-blasting, satin-finishing
Manual winding by rotating the propulsion wheel at the base of the rocket
Time-setting knob at the top of the movement, above the indication rings
The stability of the clock is ensured by the substantial weight of Destination Moon's three landing pods.
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.
Nickel - Limited edition of 50 pieces
22'000 CHF excl. VAT / Wait List
Silver & Red - Limited edition of 50 pieces
Silver & Black - Limited edition of 50 pieces
Silver & Blue - Limited edition of 50 pieces
Silver & Green - Limited edition of 50 pieces