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MB&F took on the extraterrestrial with its recent presentation of the Starfleet Machine at Baselworld 2014. The self-described “artistic and micro-engineering concept laboratory”relied on emotion, innovation, and magic to create this limited-edition, supernatural table clock. Engineered and developed by Switzerland’s only specialized high-end clock manufacturer, L’Epée 1839, the Starfleet Machine features essentially the same mechanics as a wristwatch, only much larger and more likely to be seen exploring the galaxies.
In designing the Starfleet Machine, MB&F creator Maximillian Büsser drew inspiration from one of his childhood heroes, Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk, with help from Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne graduate Xin Wang. The two worked with L’Epée’s ability to configure stunning high-end clock movements in a polished, functional fashion. Sleek shapes and transparent domed indicators add to the cosmic vibe of the time
piece while protecting it from potential environmental hazards like dust and the fingers of curious spectators, as inspired by the life-supporting domes of intergalactic-exploring vessels.
MB&F prides itself on its ability to be respectful of traditional horological practices but to not be tied down by them. The Starfleet Machine exemplifies the brand’s dedication to transmitting cutting-edge technology and three-dimensional sculpture into complex, avant-garde timepieces that support its commitment to innovation.