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STARFLEET EXPLORER

INTRO


Six years after the launch of the Starfleet Machine, the first clock co-created by MB&F and L'Epée 1839, a new expedition is underway. The space station returns in 2020, in a scaled down version and enhanced with bright colours, accompanied by a fleet of three small spacecraft exploring the universe; it rightfully bears the name of Starfleet Explorer.

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THE STORY


Designed by MB&F, the Starfleet Explorer is an intergalactic spaceship-cum-table clock crafted by L’Epée 1839, the last remaining Swiss manufacture specialised in high-end table clocks.

More compact but equally effective, Starfleet Explorer is now equipped with three little spaceships circling around the heart of the mechanism at a rate of one full rotation every five minutes, like they were exploring universe, giving at the same time the inspiration to Starfleet Explorer’s name.

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INSIGHTS


Not only does it display the hours and minutes, it also features an animation in which three spacecrafts perform a five-minute orbit of the station. The highly visible, superlatively finished in-house movement boasts an exceptional eight-day power reserve. The mechanism can be manually wound using a double-ended key serving to wind the movement as well as to set the time.

Hours and minutes are indicated by means of two discs, along with an aperture and a brightly-coloured hand. More specifically, the minutes on a revolving radar dish are read off when they appear through the centre of a fixed metal aperture, satin-brushed by hand and anodised, that follows the dome’s curved contours.

The hours disc placed just below remains motionless. An hour hand – likewise satin-brushed and anodised – indicates the hour by spinning in its place and performing a complete turn around the disc in 12 hours.

Starfleet Explorer also features a significantly original new element in the form of three tiny spacecraft, lined up along the same axis at regular intervals and placed inside the actual Starfleet movement, the heart of the mechanism, around which they revolve at a rate of one full turn every five minutes: a space exploration guided by the mothership.

The movement and its vertical escapement

Rotating minutes disc and hour hand

C-shape featuring three vertical arcs

Three animated vessels circling around the station

SPECIFICATIONS

EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION

Limited edition of 99 pieces per color, in blue, red, and green

DESIGN & DISPLAY

Minutes: indicated by a fixed curved aperture on the mobile upper dome, performing a complete rotation every 60 minutes. Hours: indicated by a mobile hand, performing a complete rotation every 12 hours on a fixed disc.
The minutes aperture and the hour hand are satin-brushed and anodised, in blue, green or red.
The hour dome and the minutes disc are satin-brushed and feature MB&F's signature numerals.
185 components

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

11 cm high x 16.5 cm diameter
Weight : 0.7 kg

MOVEMENT

L’Epée 1839 in-house designed and manufactured movement
Balance frequency: 18,000 vph / 2.5Hz
One barrel, power reserve: eight days
Number of parts: 95
Jewels: 11
Incabloc shock protection system
Manual-winding: double-ended key to set time and wind the movement
Mechanism and mainplate in palladium-treated brass

MATERIALS & FINISHING

Stainless steel for the main structure, hand-lacquered polymer for the three spacecraft.
Bead-blasting, satin-finishing, polishing

FEATURES

Three animated spacecrafts orbiting the station
Dual-use key for winding and time setting

THE COLLECTION


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71.6000/151

Red - Limited edition of 99 pieces

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Green - Limited edition of 99 pieces

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Blue - Limited edition of 99 pieces

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