For a lot of people, clocks are fairly boring. They might have an alarm clock on their nightstand, or perhaps an inherited grandfather clock in the living room, or the clock that comes built-in to their oven.
After that, a lot of people don’t give much thought to clocks. After all, your phone will tell you the time. But other people do concern themselves with clocks, such as the Swiss watch company MB&F. They’re all about time, but not in the way that you’d think.
All of MB&F’s timepieces are …unusual, to say the least. Actually, unusual barely describes it. The company recently made a super-limited edition watch that featured small aliens. They also made a desk clock that looked like a rocket ship.
You will remember any timepiece you see from MB&F, and that’s certainly true of their latest clock, the Octopod Clock, which they made in collaboration with longtime clockmaker L’Epee 1839. This clock, as the name suggests, was created to evoke an octopus.
Designed as a table or desk clock, the Octopod has eight legs which are adjustable, though we’re not really sure what adjusting them might do for you in a practical sense. You can adjust them, and that will make the clock just a little bit taller (it appears to be about 12″ tall) or a little bit shorter.
The timepiece itself is inside of a spherical unit that sits where the “head” of the octopus might be. Inside is a movement developed by L’Epee 1839 which has some 159 parts. These parts are attached to an anti-reflective piece of glass that gives the impression that all of the parts are just floating inside.
The movement is mechanical, and will need to be wound, though we haven’t seen any information about power reserve or how often you will need to wind it.
As with most of MB&F’s products, the Octopod Clock is limited in production. This particular clock comes in three versions – the stainless steel with black PVD coating, the stainless steel with blue PVD coating, and the palladium model. Each version is limited to 50 pieces, so don’t expect them to last.
Then again, they might not sell out as quickly as you’d think, given that the price for these clocks is $36,000 each. Of course, in the case of MB&F, you’re not buying a timepiece, as you can buy a clock for a lot less money than that just about anywhere.
What your’e buying here is art, and the company does make some pretty amazing pieces of art that also happen to tell the time.
They’ve also made quite a name for themselves, given that the company has only been in business for a dozen years or so. That’s not the case with L’Epee 1839, however. Their name isn’t just a clever one; it includes the year of the company’s founding.
That’s a lot of time to be making clocks, and rest assured, they’ve gotten quite good at it. Thanks to their partnership with MB&F and this Octopod Clock, they’ve also gotten pretty weird with it.
But sometimes, weird can be good, and we like this timepiece.