”A creative adult is a child who survived” – Say hello to Melchior, aka Roboclock. MB&F is celebrating its first decade this year in 2015 and to commemorate this milestone unveiled at BaselWorld 2015 a horological robot Melchior. Created in collaboration with L’Epée 1839 this impressive kinetic robot is a impeccably finished, 480-component mechanical table clock.
“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, man’s best friend was his robot,” says Büsser. “As a 10-year-old fan of Star Wars, I knew Luke Skywalker could never have prevailed had it not been for droids like R2-D2 – a loyal, resourceful and brave robot who was always saving his friends. As an only child, I imagined having my own robot companion… Melchior makes that childhood fantasy a reality.”
It is powered by L’Epée in-house designed and manufactured movement, beating at 18,000 bph / 2.5Hz with 334 movement components and 50 jewels; 5 barrels in series which provide a power reserve of 40 days. Melchior is limited to 99 pieces and is available in two versions ‘Melchior Light Edition’ and ‘Melchior Dark and Light Edition’ featuring black PVD-treated components. Priced at at 35,000 Swiss francs (Approx. $35,750)