For the past five years, the independent watch brand MB&F and Swiss clockmaker L’Épée 1839 have built a reputation on enormous and complex creations. And this year, the duo has once again teamed up to bring us yet another crazy creation.
In their 11th collaboration, they have come up with the T-Rex, a desk clock set on metal legs modeled from the bones of an actual Tyrannosaurus Rex. Max Busser, founder of MB&F and the creative mind behind the T-Rex, worked with Maximilian Maertens of L’Epee to create the moving legs of the magnificent T-Rex.
The T-Rex clock stands about a foot tall (26.5 cm) and is crafted out of 201 parts made of stainless steel, palladium-plated brass, and bronze, steel and blown glass components.
The legs of the clock are designed using the 3D scans of fossilized dinosaur skeletons that emulate the real thing. The T-Rex legs are both polished and sandblasted to provide a lightweight interaction on the surface in such a way to make the legs look agile and ready for running.
A Murano glass dial is suspended in a transparent sapphire sphere between the dinosaur’s legs. Two slim steel hands arch outwards from the center of the dial, indicating the hours and minutes. Behind the dial is a 138-component made by L’Épée 1839, that power the watch movements movement with a frequency of 2.5 Hz (18,000 vibrations per hour) and a power reserve of eight days.
Additionally, the time setting can be done using the key from the center of the dial. The finished watch weighs around 2 kg including the legs.
While explaining the story behind this masterpiece Maximilian Maertens said, “The story takes off from ideas given to me by past projects of MB&F, that we have a pilot in his starship discovering new planets. Eventually, he got so far out in space that the only way back to Earth was via a black hole, but it time-warped him back to the time of dinosaurs and the starship was fused with a hatching dinosaur egg.”
“You see the remnants of the starship in the body of the clock and the movement, the dinosaur appears via the legs, and even the black hole remains part of the design, via the dial that sinks inwards towards the center where time originates.”
The T-Rex clock is made in three limited editions of 100 units, each with Murano glass dials in green, blue, or red. Its retail price is approximately CHF22,500 (US$22,700). For more details visit the company website.