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