MB&F and L’Epée Grant
Grant is 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!
What’s special about Grant is that he is able to change positions – like a transformer. Grant can go from lying horizontally, to crouching, to sitting up. In all three positions, his beautifully crafted, intricate 268-component movement is always on display. He always has energy on tap thanks to an impressive power reserve of 8 days.
Named after a WW2 tank, Grant is armed to the teeth. He has a spinning disk in his left hand and a removable grenade launcher in his right hand (that doubles as the winding and time-setting key). His Incabloc shock protection system keeps him safe from attacks. And his three rubber tracks allow him to navigate all terrain, including the messiest desk.
L’Epée 1839 developed Grant to MB&F’s design using its 8-day, in-line manufacture movement as a structural base. Grant doesn’t just look like a complicated piece of high-precision micro-engineering, he is an incredibly solid piece of complex high-precision micro-engineering with an impressive 268 components going into the construction of his body and clockwork. That’s more pieces than in many complicated wristwatches.
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.
Contrary to what you might expect, hand finishing a clock movement is actually significantly more challenging than that of a wristwatch due to the larger surface areas of the clock components. Grant’s 8-day movement features a mix of Geneva waves, anglage, polishing, sandblasting, circular and vertical satin finishing.
Grant is available in three limited editions of 50 pieces each in nickel, black, or blue. Retail price is CHF 22,200 + VAT.
Sidebar: What’s in a name? The Grant Tank, aka Medium Tank, M3
Medium Tank, M3, was a medium-sized American tank in use during World War II. In Britain, the tank came in two variations with differing turret configurations and crew sizes and each model was naturally given its own name. The Brits nicknamed the American-turreted tank “Lee”, after Confederate general Robert E. Lee; the British-turreted tank was called “Grant”, after Union general Ulysses S. Grant.
The M3 tank had significant firepower (like MB&F’s + L’Epée 1839’s Grant) and was well armoured (unlike Grant). The M3’s drawbacks included a high silhouette and poor off-road performance, both issues rectified in the Grant: low profile (when laying flat) and excellent high-speed off-road performance (thanks to the three tracks).
General Ulysses Simpson Grant held the highest positions in both the military and the government of the United States. He led the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy with the supervision of Abraham Lincoln. As President of the United States (1869–77) Grant led the Republicans in their efforts to remove the vestiges of Confederate nationalism and slavery during Reconstruction.
Grant: technical specifications
Grant is available in three limited editions of 50 pieces each in Nickel, Black, and Blue.
Hours and minutes
Flat position: 115 mm tall x 212 mm wide x 231 mm long
Vertical position: 166 mm tall x 212 mm wide x 238 mm long
Components total: 268
Weight: 2.34 kg
Transformer body with three operational tracks and three positions of clock/body.
Materials: stainless steel, nickel-plated brass, palladium-plated brass.
Dome/head: mineral glass.
L’Epée in-house designed and manufactured in-line eight-day movement
Balance frequency: 2.5 Hz / 18,000 bph
Power reserve: 8 days
Components movement: 155
Incabloc shock protection system
Movement finishing: Geneva waves, anglage, polishing, sandblasting, circular and vertical graining, satin finishing.
Winding: key on right hand doubles as weapon and pulls out to reveal a double-depth square socket key that both sets the time and winds the movement (on the back/dial side of the clock).