At the beginning of July 2019, MB&F unveiled a Piece Unique called ‘Tom & T-Rex’ for the‘Only Watch’ auction. As explained at the time, it was the first example of a new series of clocks called ‘T-Rex’, which launches today. T-Rex is the eleventh co-creation between MB&F and expert clockmakers L’Epée 1839, who master the engineering and peerless manufacturing. To create the piece, Max Büsser worked with another Max, namely designer Maximilian Maertens who modeled the clock’s legs from actual Tyrannosaurus Rex bones. Standing about 30 centimeters tall —about 13 inches—, this unconventional machine is crafted from more than 200 finely finished components of palladium-plated brass, bronze, stainless steel and hand-blown artisanal glass from the island of Murano, near Venice. The deep blue, red or green material graces the dial, which displays the time thanks to two slim arched hands.
Made of hand-blown Murano glass, the “eyeball” also functions as a clock dial, indicating hours and minutes via two curved hands driven from the center of the component. Beating within the 201 finely finished components is a manual wound mechanical movement conceived and manufactured entirely in-house by L’Epée 1839. Powered by a single barrel, the clock has an 8-day power reserve. Time is set with a key, fitted through the centre of the Murano glass dial, while the power reserve is separately maintained with the same key at the rear of the movement.
Despite being completely fixed in position, the jointed legs of T-Rex are deliberately posed to suggest energy and a sense of motion. A combination of sandblasted and polished surfaces directs the way that light interacts with the body of T-Rex, so that the clock seems light and agile.
The new MB&F T-Rex comes in three limited editions of 100 pieces each in deep blue, green or red.
Sticker Price CHF 22,500 Swiss Francs —approximately $23,000 USD. For more info on MB&F click here.