Essentially MB&F’s take on a Newton’s cradle or one of those head-bobbing drinking birds, the brand’s latest collaboration with L’Epée 1839 is a cross between a tank and a transformer. Dubbed Grant, with three functional, tank-style treads and a large clock face forming a shield on its back, this desk-borne automaton can sit upright, crouch, or lay flat, allowing a specific orientation of not only the actual clock display (again, on Grant’s shield), but also the domed cover that allows a view of the manufacture movement’s balance and many other elements of the overall timekeeping mechanism, which is comprised of some 268 components.
A war machine meant to perhaps relieve (read: distract) you from the white noise of excel spreadsheets and brain-dead colleagues who actively read every line of text in their Powerpoint deck, the Grant is yet another entirely charming and wonderfully dreamlike creation from MB&F and L’Epée 1839. Experiencing one of these creations in person is like being given a small slice of your childhood back – this goes to much of what is on offer in any M.A.D Gallery – a brief hit of a world now mostly dim, where Santa Clause still reigned over Christmas, Spaceman Spiff was your main role model, and your metabolism ran like a top on little more than Fruit Loops and gummy candies. Straight up, if you look at these images and feel nothing, I have but one query: who hurt you?
Slight hyperbole aside, from Melchior to Sherman to the Starfleet Machine, these collaborative pieces between MB&F and L’Epée 1839 are pure fun and dodge much of the stodgy pretense common to horology at this level. While I know a clock with this price tag is a luxury good of questionable need, that doesn’t automatically discount its nature as an object of curiosity, levity, and creative merit. I will never need a car with a 715 hp V12, but not vastly unlike art, it’s about how it makes me feel. If you’re in the market for something like the Grant, this is a product that elicits a specific emotional reaction. It has a classic futurist charm which, like all of the L’Epée 1839 creations, pairs remarkably well …read more