The World Premiere of ARACHNOPHOBIA by MB&F


Yet another outstanding table clock created with L’Epée


Today MB&F announces a new timekeeping machine: ARACHNOPHOBIA! This is the third table clock created with L’Epée 1839: after the intergalactic Starfleet Machine and MB&F’s robot friend Melchior, please welcome Arachnophobia.

 Yes, this is a mechanical spider – but it’s also an impeccably-finished, 218-component table clock which tells the time… with two hands and eight legs.

 Conceived by MB&F, engineered and crafted by L’Epée 1839 – Switzerland's only specialised high-end clock manufacture – Arachnophobia is inspired by a monumental spider sculpture called Maman (mother in French), created by Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010).

The spider’s head and torso is a modified high-end L’Epée clock movement boasting a power reserve of 8 days. The body’s black dome and white numerals display the hours and minutes. At either end of Arachnophobia's abdomen, important mechanical processes take place: the head houses the regulator with its oscillating balance wheel (and a set of jaws), while the other end contains the mainspring barrel powering the movement. Attached to the abdomen are the eight articulated legs. Those legs will make Arachnophobia stand tall on a desk… but like any spider, it can also be installed on a wall thanks to an ingenious mounting system.

While it’s not nearly as large as the giant sculpture that inspired it, Arachnophobia is certainly large enough to make a real impression.

Arachnophobia is available in black or 18k gold-plated editions.


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