BRAVE THE EL­E­MENTS

Mod­elled af­ter the quin­tes­sen­tial 1950-60s UFO, MB&F’S lat­est whim­si­cal cre­ation blurred the line be­tween sci­ence and art.

The Peak (Hong Kong) - - The Brief -

In the imag­i­na­tive de­sign house of MB&F, dreams are free and the con­cept horol­ogy is dis­sected, ex­plored and trans­formed into cre­ations you have never seen be­fore. In the lat­est part­ner­ship with its long­stand­ing part­ner L’epee, The Fifth Ele­ment is born out of MB&F founder Max­i­m­il­ian Büsser’s per­sonal pur­suit for a beau­ti­ful vin­tage desk­top weather sta­tion. When he failed to find one, he was deter­mined to make one.

Mea­sur­ing 37.5cm in di­am­e­ter and 20.9cm tall, the en­tire de­vice looks like an ar­che­typ­i­cal fly­ing saucer and is made of brass and stain­less steel. Each con­tained in an in­de­pen­dent pod, the clock, barom­e­ter, ther­mome­ter and hy­grom­e­ter are all de­tach­able, interchangeable and can func­tion in­de­pen­dently.

At the core of the fan­ci­ful cre­ation stands the 8-day clock pow­ered by L’epee, which is sup­ported by its own lit­tle alien Ross, or oth­er­wise known as the “pi­lot” of the UFO. In ad­di­tion to this, there is also a sec­ondary ro­tat­ing clock­work mech­a­nism that runs around a track with ball bear­ings nes­tled on the base of the sta­tion. Once ac­ti­vated by a pusher, Ross would slowly ro­tate around the moth­er­ship as though on the look­out for bad weather or po­ten­tial in­vaders.

The Fifth Ele­ment is avail­able in three colour­ways, in­clud­ing black, sil­ver and blue.

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