When know-How becomes Art

INTRO


Extracting hours and minutes

L’Epée 1839 seizes control of Planet Earth with the launch of its new kinetic timepiece: Gaz Derrick. Hours and minutes rise up from the movement and involve a new caliber that has been recently developed by the manufacturer. Whether drilling on an offshore platform or inland, Gaz Derrick boasts of 2 dials in the shape and style of gas gauges; each displays the hour and minutes.

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THE STORY


Inspired by various types of building toys from their childhood, young talented designer Martin BOLO and L'Epée 1839 CEO Arnaud Nicolas, succeeded in creating a homogeneous and realistic structure, relying on the high-quality workmanship courtesy of L’Epée 1839’s age-old expertise. 

The main elements of a gas extraction platform become an example of industrial architecture, the design allowing you to quickly and easily identify the structure behind this clock. In the middle, the derrick is standing, then the pipelines, valves and pumps. Everything is protected by a harmonious and fine squared protective glass atop the black base. 

The design forces you to be closer to the elements; it's true to life, but is still a thing of beauty, leaving you with the aestheticism of its lines and everything else to your imagination....  The excellent workmanship typical of L’Epée 1839 is of course present. 
 

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INSIGHTS


Reading the time as reading gage: Hours and minutes are displayed on two distinct and independent dials – somehow like a regulator - placed on top of each other, in the middle of the derrick. The similarities between the dials and true industrial gauges are such that they drive us to the command-centre of the gaz derrick. All around, there are several elements, evoking a detailed realism, that pique your curiosity: valves, pipelines, reservoirs, pumps, and even a central drilling axis. The scenery of a complete exploitation. 

Similar to conventional structures, the clock mechanism is powered by the earth’s energy.  The power source is located in the black base that supports the various decorative elements.  A careful eye will easily find the gears, escapement and the unique barrel that keeps energy.  The movement allows for precise timekeeping for up to 7 days.  Made up of 281 fine pieces and expertly assembled by hand, the handiwork can be admired through discreet openings at the base of the derrick. 

This normally overwhelming industrial landscape is now presented in a more restricted size: 23 centimetres high with a width of 17.8 centimetres and 10 centimetres in depth. 

Each week, all you have to do is to open the valve so that enough power is supplied to the clock, just as a petroleum operation manager will feed the derrick with gas. By making between 5 and 7 complete rotations, the watch will be run for the next 7 days. 

Dials designed as industrial gauges

Crown to set the time

Window showing the escapement

Industrial valve to wind the movement

SPECIFICATIONS

EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION

Gaz Derrick is presented in two limited editions of 50 pieces per color

DESIGN & DISPLAY

Hours and minutes are displayed on two distinct and independent dials
Hours on the upper dial, minutes on the lower dial like a regulator

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

17.8 x 10 x 23.3 cm
Weight: 3.2 kg

MOVEMENT

Horizontal L’Epée 1839 movement designed and created in-house. 
1853RV calibre – horizontal escapement 
Frequency: 18'000 A/h / 2.5 Hz
Unique barrel
Incabloc protection system
Power reserve: 7-days

MATERIALS & FINISHING

Gold- or palladium-plated brass mechanism
Stainless steel and brass
Hand-polishing, sandblasting, satin-finishing 
Aluminium black base
Protective mineral glass

FEATURES

Hand-wind movement via solitary valve 
Time adjustment via crown above derrick

THE COLLECTION


Reference

76.6007/002

Gold plated - Limited edition of 50 pieces

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Reference

76.6007/102

Palladium-plated - Limited edition of 50 pieces

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