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  • Manufacturer: MB&F
    Year: 2015
    Reference No: 76.6000/114
    Case No: 31538
    Model Name: Arachnophobia Black
    Material: Palladium plated brass
    Calibre: Manual, L'Epée in-house caliber
    Dimensions: Legs extended: 203mm Height
    Legs flat: 405mm Diameter

    Signed: Body and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by transportation box, gloves, user manual, guarantee and winding key

  • Catalogue Essay

    Arachnophobia, meaning extreme or irrational fear of spiders, is a name that speaks for itself. Some specialists say that to overcome a phobia, one must face it. But the birth of this creature did not come from a therapeutic goal, but as an avid art buff and creative mind, Maximilian Büsser’s inspiration came from Louise Bourgeois’ giant spider’s sculpture called Maman.

    Engineered and manufactured by L’Epée 1839, Arachnophobia is a marvel of technicity and an artistic piece of art. The eight legs of the giant spider are articulated thanks to ball–and-socket joints, to give the creation a natural look. The creature can be placed either on a flat surface but can also be hung on a wall providing an optical treat for fans of large arachnids. As each leg can move independently, it allows for multiple position, from flat to tall or even to the most menacing position, with the two front leg standing up in the air.

    The hours and minutes are displayed on a black dome composing the Arachnophobia’s body with MB&F’s signature white numerals and rotating curved hands. The side of the body allows the curious owner to admire a beautifully finished movement, with Côtes de Genève, polishing, sand-blasting, anglage, and circular and vertical satin finishing. The spider’s head houses the regulator with its oscillating balance wheel and a pair of jaws. The movement has an 8-day power reserve and to wind it, the owner has to turn it upside down to reach the underside creating a close relationship with its spider.

    A creature like none of his previous creations, Arachnophobia is a fascinating high end table clock composed of 218 components. Created for aficionados of the unusual or watch enthusiasts, this timepiece will for sure attract the attention of anybody entering the room!

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MB&F

Ref. 76.6000/114
An incredible spider shaped palladium plated brass table or wall clock

2015
Legs extended: 203mm Height
Legs flat: 405mm Diameter

Body and movement signed

Estimate
CHF7,000 - 12,000 
€6,600-11,400
$7,300-12,500

sold for CHF13,750

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: XI

Geneva Auction 27 - 28 June 2020