Updated: Nov 26, 2019
Watchmakers MB&F and clockmakers L’Epée have teamed up once again to bring us Grant, a triple-tracked, Mad- Max-cross-Transformer robot clock on a mission.
In today’s fast-paced, always-on, 24/7 world, we are under constant bombardment from time: seconds race by; there is never enough; everyone wants more; and it keeps getting faster and faster. The nearest hour was once precise enough; now the world’s most accurate clocks are better than a second over the entire age of the universe!
No wonder you are stressed, but relax, help is at hand. Grant is here. Grendizer meets Mad Max meets Transformer. Grant is a robot with a time display on his shield and a mission to slow things down when time runs too fast. There are no incessantly flashing digital numerals on Grant’s shield, no constantly spinning second hand. Grant transforms frantic chaos into relaxing hours and minutes, and that’s all the time
you really need.
Named after the Medium Tank, M3 – also known as the Grant tank an American tank used during World War II, the MB&F and L’Epée 1839 Grant is equipped to travel over rough terrain, with three operational rubber tracks. Grant can also transform into one of three different modes: lying horizontally over his chassis for a low profile; crouching at 45 degrees; and sitting up 90 degrees.
Under the transparent mineral glass dome on Grant’s “head”, the clock movement’s regulator – consisting of the balance and escapement – features an Incabloc shock protection system to minimise the risk of damage when the clock is
moved or transported. Shock protection is standard in wristwatch movements; however, it is unusual in clocks, which are generally stationary. But then Grant is no stationary clock; he is a robot on a mission to transform time.
Grant’s time shield can always be set to a comfortable and optimal viewing angle. Whatever the angle, Grant’s highly polished clockwork is on full display, and you can follow every click and turn of the gears. The isochronal oscillations of the regulator keeping time in Grant’s glass-domed ‘brain’ are evidence of the clockwork’s high precision.
Grant's 8-day, in-line manufacture movement features the same superlative fine finishing as found on the finest wristwatches: Geneva waves, anglage, polishing, sandblasting, plus circular and vertical satin finishing.
Grant is made of stainless steel and nickel-plated and palladium-plated brass with a mineral glass domed “head” and is comprised of 268 components. Limited to just 50 pieces each in nickel, black, and blue versions.
Priced at $22,665 or CHF 22,200 (excl. taxes). More details on mbandf.com.