A Time-Keeping Spaceship For Your Table
MB&F Starfleet Machine
There’s never a dull moment when it comes to MB&F’s creations and their sci-fi inspired timepiece that was released at this year’s Basel fair was no different. The Starfleet Machine, is a table clock engineered by Switzerland based L’Epée 1839 that would look more at home orbiting a planet in space than on your desk.
With a 40 day power reserve, the Starfleet Machine is suspended within a steel c-shaped ring, held up by three supporting arcs eluding the starship nature of the design. In the middle is a large aluminum dome beset with hour and minute tracks, which are read by rotating hands that follow the curvature of the dome. Underneath the dome, front and center is a visible escapement, being “guarded” by double retrograde seconds in the form of “turret-mounted laser cannons”. They contract over the course of 20 seconds before dramatically expanding again.
Limited to 175 pieces, the clock is available in two styles: a “light” version in stainless steel and a “dark” version finished in ruthenium.