Released less than two months ago, MB&F and L’Epée 1839 continue with their partnership by releasing another robot clock, this time by the name of Grant. Named after a World War II Tank also known as the Medium Tank, this M3 was a mid-size American tank utilized by the British and nicknamed 'Grant' in honor of Union general Ulysses S. Grant who led the Union Army to defeat the Confederacy and whom became POTUS succeeding Andrew Johnson.
Grant is an all-terrain robot clock with a time display on his shield and the usual finishes that MB&F and L’Epée are well know for thus far. A true transformer, Grant transforms with three operational rubber tracks and three different positions. Available in three different finishes —nickel, black or blue— in a 50-piece limited edition for each variation, Grant's left arm holds a spinning disk, while his right arm clasps a removable grenade launcher that is removable and doubles as the winding and time-setting key for his 8-day clockwork.
In its different positions, Grant’s torso folds flat in his lap with his shield/time display lying horizontal across his back. This flat position enables the time to be easily read if Grant is significantly lower than the viewers’ eyes and, in this relatively stable position, the winding key will wind the 8-day mainspring. In the second position, Grant’s torso locks securely into place at 45 degrees, from which he transforms into a more recognizably robotic shape. In this angled position, if resting on a desk or table, the time display is easily seen whether the viewer is sitting or standing. Lastly, in its third position, Grant’s torso sits up straight at 90 degrees to his chassis, with his shield now lying vertically along his back.
In its flat position Grant is 115 mm tall x 212 mm wide x 231 mm long, in its vertical position Grant stands up with full force at 166 mm tall x 212 mm wide x 238 mm long. The clock is composed of 268 parts, its movement provides a power reserve of 8 days and comes with a total weight of 2.34 kilograms —approximately 6 pounds. Its body is made of stainless steel, nickel-plated brass and palladium-plated brass, with its dome made of mineral glass.
MB&F Grant’s 8-day, in-line manufacture movement features the same superlative fine finishing as found on the MB&F timepieces with Geneva waves, anglage, polishing, sandblasting, plus circular and vertical satin finishing. With its spectacular finishes, cool design and different positions, this MB&F clock is totally worthy of the board room or your home’s family room.
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