When know-How becomes Art

TriPod

TriPod

Tripod comprises a minimalist clock face suspended between three delicate insect-like legs. It follows the mighty T-Rex in what will become a trilogy of half animal/half robot creations. Robocreatures could well be future time capsules, fossilised “life” from a prehistoric era. With TriPod, Berlin-based designer Maertens, L’Épée CEO Arnaud Nicolas, and Maximilian Büsser lead us into a horological post-modern prehistoric era.

TriPod

TriPod features three delicate legs supporting a colourful body, three insect-eye spheres made of precision lens-quality glass, and a clock dial making one full revolution in 36 hours that indicates three sets of hours and minutes. Underneath the dial is a 182-component three-dimensional sculptural movement crafted on three levels by L’Épée 1839 with a vertical balance slowly beating at a traditional 2.5Hz (18,000vph). Time-setting and winding are by key, and when fully wound the movement offers a generous eight-day power reserve.

An essential element of TriPod is indicating the time, which is done by looking down on the dial composed of rotating disks. But this clock requires some interaction between Man and Machine: the observer reads the time thanks to three optical spheres, each magnifying the clock’s numerals and making them legible.

To allow all three of the “insect eyes” to show the time from any angle, the dial features three sets of numerals 1-12, meaning that the dial completes a full rotation in 36 hours instead of the customary 12 hours. The time is visible through one of the magnifying lenses at any time.

“These clocks are our companions. They live. They tick. They’re like a pet – bringing life into your interior”. Jurassic Park also famously gave us life where there wasn’t… but what came after the dinosaurs? The trio of Robocreatures provides one imaginative possibility.

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TriPod

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Color :
Green
Limited edition :
50 pieces per colour
Movement :
Cal. 1855 MHD - In house
Functions :

Hours and minutes

One dial full rotation in 36 hours

Power Reserve :
8 days
Jewels :
21
Dimensions :

26 cm high x 30 cm diameter

2.8 kg

Materials :

Plated brass, optimical mineral glass

Winding :
Double-ended key to set time and wind the movement
Color :
Blue
Limited edition :
50 pieces per colour
Movement :
Cal. 1855 MHD - In house
Functions :

Hours and minutes

One dial full rotation in 36 hours

Power Reserve :
8 days
Jewels :
21
Dimensions :

26 cm high x 30 cm diameter

2.8 kg

Materials :

Plated brass, optimical mineral glass

Winding :
Double-ended key to set time and wind the movement
Color :
Red
Limited edition :
50 pieces per colour
Movement :
Cal. 1855 MHD - In house
Functions :

Hours and minutes

One dial full rotation in 36 hours

Power Reserve :
8 days
Jewels :
21
Dimensions :

26 cm high x 30 cm diameter

2.8 kg

Materials :

Plated brass, optimical mineral glass

Winding :
Double-ended key to set time and wind the movement

When know-How becomes Art